Summer jewellery

The sun might be hiding, but that hasn’t stopped me daydreaming about summer jewellery.

Is it turning into an obsession? Maybe. But, I just love how the right piece can make a delicate summer outfit ‘pop’; how the sunlight transforms perceptions of colour and glints enticingly off gems and polished metals.

Let’s be real, though. This is England, and we’ve got to squeeze every last second out of the sunny times before we’re cast into cloud again. That means getting your summer wardrobe ready – and stat!

Here are some of my style secrets to help choose the perfect summer jewellery:

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What do you imagine when you think of summer?

For me, it’s all about garden parties, impromptu picnics, strolling along the promenade and getting my exercise fix outdoors – as well as a healthy dose of vitamin D!

Basically, it’s everything you can’t do for the rest of the year. And, you need the jewellery to match.

If you’re showing off a little more skin, think about accessorising in different ways. Use your skin as a canvas and summer jewellery as your paint.

Two of my absolute faves for summer are ankle bracelets and long, tumbling necklaces.

And, as you’re shedding the layers, why not compensate with a little extra jewellery? Layered, lengthy necklaces with textured details or layered chokers just scream boho chic.

Try it with bracelets, too. Choose a selection of bold items in complementary shades, and don’t be afraid to mix up materials. Draw the eye down to those fabulous nails.

Colour

The changing shades of summer sunshine demand a new jewellery colour palette.

My rule is “Go gold, go bold, or go old” (more on that last bit later).

Gold complements the warm tones of a summer evening. If traditional gold isn’t your thing, try softer tones – like the pinkish glow of rose gold.

I can’t resist going bold, either. Spark the fuse on a bright outfit by pairing it with jewellery in pinks and purples, or ocean-like azures.

You could even go the other way entirely. Organic tones and shapes will make you feel at one with nature. Or, go all in and choose jewellery made to look like natural objects.

Material

Here’s where that “go old” thing comes in. Summer is the time to spread your wings and fly beyond the conventions of simple metallic jewellery.

When I see people wearing these classic, timeless materials, my heart skips a beat.

Pearls – they’re vintage, organic and a little reminder of the seaside. Combining complementary pearl jewellery is a piece of cake. And, if you can resist touching it, you’re a stronger person than I am!

Crystal has magical properties. I’m not talking healing stones, I’m talking the same appeal as a log fire in winter – you just can’t look away. With angular shapes and bold colours, crystal makes a real statement.

There you have it – a window into my daydreaming mind! I hope you’ve found something handy. Get your jewellery game on point and make a splash at your social soirees this summer.

Become a summer goddess and stand out from the crowd with my chic, expertly curated jewellery range.

From candles to crystals: Valentine’s Day gifts that’ll make you fall in love

Personal, effortlessly stylish Valentine’s Day gifts can help you fall in love all over again this February.

But, dropping some not so subtle hints about your dream gift and ideal romantic gesture can be a real challenge.

Our lovingly compiled Valentine’s Day gifts guide should give you the inspiration that you need:

Unforgettable Valentine’s Day gifts

Jewellery

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The combination of precious metals and sparkling crystals can be used to say anything from “I’m glad I’ve met you” to “I want to be with you forever”.

Freshen things up with new jewellery designs and ideas. Then come up with a delivery method that’ll take their breath away (a champagne flute, their secret hiding place or some special place for both of you).

From heart-shaped earrings to necklaces with a special message, there are lots of lovely trinkets to show your affection.

But, for the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift, you’ll need a visual metaphor that represents your strong supportive partnership. And, what better way to say it than with an interlocking love ring?

Candles

Candles can create an irresistible atmosphere. With flickering light and luscious scents, you’ll be lulled into a state ofhomebyrachel_candle heady romance.

Set the mood, enjoy a candlelit dinner, and light the way with handcrafted candles that fill your home with fresh, complex aromas.

Choosing the right scent will make sure your gesture has the desired effect. Combining the earthy, almost liquorice-like aroma of myrrh with the mouthwatering sweetness of rich caramel is one that can really ramp up the romance.

Bamboo and coconut is another combination that will add an element of exoticism to your evening. But, the ultimate in romantic scents has got to be bergamot and citrus; a musky yet fresh twist on an old classic, with elements of leather, cedar and patchouli.

Homeware

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It should be a physical symbol representing the permanence of your love. Something that takes you back to those special moments whenever you need a little lift.

Start by thinking about the places in your home where you put things on display, and the types of object that might fit there.

If you share a love of reading, a heart-shaped bookend could be used to symbolise two halves of a whole that frame a unique collection of knowledge and experiences.

A picture frame can become a timeless window into your happiest times together. You can display it somewhere for the world to see, or keep it in an intimate spot. Make your beloved the first thing you see when you wake up with a photo frame that fits perfectly on your bedside table.

The big day is just around the corner. You’ll have to act fast to make sure your heart’s singing come Valentine’s Day.

Trust HomebyRachel to provide all the ingredients you need for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day. Explore our collection of candles and crystals, or speak to our friendly team.

Home by Rachel Photo shoot

This was an exciting day, when we did a professional photo shoot of our beautiful Home by Rachel luxury candles and diffusers.  Richard, the photographer, has shot some amazing projects over the years, such as Rolls Royce, BMW, British Airways and I’m happy he can now add Home by Rachel to that salubrious client list!

My day started with a shopping trip for all sorts of accessories for the shoot, including cinnamon sticks, bamboo leaves, coconuts and caramel! When I got to the studio, we began by chopping fruit and flowers in readiness for the shoot.

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After the fruit and veg prep, my next task was to set up the candles and diffusers with their accessories to correspond with their fragrances.  This took a while to get right as I wanted the images to look professional and uniform.

IMG_1831  IMG_1832IMG_1833We then began the shoot – making sure we had the right distance between camera and products!  I chose to display the products with the flowers and fruit to emphasise the beautiful natural fragrances encapsulated in every hand poured candle and diffuser.  Richard set up the cameras and lighting and finally, it was lights, camera, action and we were ready to shoot!

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IMG_1823As you can see, Richard kindly let me have a go!  Although on balance, I think it was best I left it to the professional.

It was a long day in the studio, but I hope you’ll agree, the results were well worth it.

Happy shopping at Home by Rachel.

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Rachel