July 02, 2015

Vinnie Day partners with the Lovo Event at Ice Tank, Holborn on the hottest night

Vinnie was asked by the Lovo Girls to partner with them at their Lovo Launch last night at Ice Tank in Covent Garden.  Despite being one of the hottest nights in London ever recorded, there was a plethora of people who sipped eagerly and satisfied at their refreshing Coconut Vodka drinks while they looked at the new coconut inspired Vinnie Day collection cocooned in bell jars, hanging from an owl's twig.

New Coconut Collection

We had our loyal customers and friends along.  Also among the crowds was Towie's, Billie and Sam Faiers.  The pair certainly looked like they were celebrating as they enjoyed a fun night out together.  Billie, 25, was dressed to impress in a slinky white lace dress.

This wonderful model wore our new coconut leaf earrings. 

These pieces will be uploaded to our website shortly, in the mean time, please sign up to our newsletter on our website as this will inform you when we are up and selling the coconut collection on line.

Who is Lovo? 

It was started by Jessica and Harriet, pictured here:

LOVO – where delicious ingredients love vodka. For those searching for a great tasting alternative to wine and sugary cocktails. Coconut LOVO is a perfect blend of pure Thai coconut water and premium vodka, with less than 1% natural sugar. Each 250ml bottle contains 128 calories, with absolutely no refined sugar, artificial colours or flavours.

At LOVO, we care about what we put in our bodies, but could never find a drink that lived up to our expectations. Don’t get us wrong, there’s a special place in our hearts for a good mojito, or a glass of crisp white wine, but when we wanted a lighter, fresher alternative to ‘liquid cake’, we always drew a blank. The solution? A new great tasting, low sugar, ready to drink beverage, with no artificial colours and flavours – a delicious cocktail but with zero guilt. And because we care about what we put in our bodies, we’ve shunned the ingredients with names we can barely pronounce, including only a short list of select raw ingredients, mostly from natural sources.

For further information, visit their website: www.lovodrink.com
June 15, 2015

Ways To Wear: Architec-tural Earrings

It seems only right that the spotlight is put back on the earring right now. The Eighties is about to resurge as the decade of choice, usurping the summer's love-in with the Seventies, and let's face it, if there was ever a decade to champion a big earring it was the Eighties.

But this is only part of the story. We suddenly got a rush for the jewellery item once more when we saw hoops on the Louis Vuitton spring/summer 2015 catwalk.  And ever since, from spring/summer 2015 to pre-spring/summer 2016 collections, the likes of Christian Dior, Loewe, Balenciaga and Givenchy have been putting forward the case for an exquisitely sculpted piece of pierce to keep us thinking and shift our gaze to the lure of the lobe. It's all about an architectural earring (last season's ear cuffs should be firmly placed at the back of the drawer or given new lease of life worn as a brooch instead).

What marks out one of these earrings from any other? It should weave and wind as opposed to just dangle and shine; it should literally go in one ear and out the other such is its engineered design; it shouldn't work as an exact pair, asymmetry is chic here.

But architecture is in the air right now - the pre-spring/summer 2016 shows from Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton showing off more than just seasonal collections and adding as well an exotic location to their fashion credentials. And if you can't afford Bob Hope's Palm Springs estate, then surely an earring to riff on its carefully constructed nature should do the trick?

Written by Jessica Bumpus for Vogue.com on 19th May 2015

July 18, 2013

Cartier jewels chosen for BBC's Burton and Taylor

Cartier jewellery is set appear in the upcoming BBC drama Burton and Taylor which will air on July 22.

The programme is focused on Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton being reunited to act together in the 1983 play Private Lives. Cartier was approached by Burton and Taylor's producers who wished to use jewellery that reflected as closely as possible the tastes of Elizabeth Taylor.

The drama features Helena Bonham-Carter playing Elizabeth Taylor and Dominic West in the role of Richard Burton. Bonham-Carter wears Cartier's pink gold Love bracelet with four diamonds, supplied by Cartier for the duration of the filming

Elizabeth Taylor wore a number of iconic Cartier pieces during her life, including its Juste Un Clou bracelet and the Love bracelet.

Burton and Taylor will air Monday July 22 at 9pm on BBC Four.

 

http://www.professionaljeweller.com/article-13327-cartier-jewels-chosen-for-bbcs-burton-and-taylor/

July 04, 2013

Where do diamonds come from?

 

nature of diamonds

Some must-know facts about diamonds.

Absolute perfection.

Flawless nature and pure beauty. We’ve tried to find one word for all these adjectives. And we came up with DIAMONDS. These pearls are metastable allotropes of carbon with strong covalent bonding between its atoms. In order for a diamond to form in natural condition, it requires high pressure carbon-bearing materials exposure between 900 – 1 300 °C [conditions that can be found only in two places on earth: in lithosphere and at the site of a meteorite strike. As a matter a fact, diamond crystals are brought closer to earth’s surface through volcanic activity.]. Roughly speaking.

But, where do they come from?

It’s been said that diamonds have been mined [for the first time] somewhere in India along the Penner, Krishna or Godavari rivers. And more than 3 000 years have passed since then, but their true popularity has risen in the 19th century because of their usage in engraving tools that have led to economical growth in the entire world. Moreover, alongside the Orange River from South Africa, immense diamond mines were discovered in 1867 and then boom. [Practically, the earliest written proof of diamonds’ existence dates back to ca. 500 B.C.] All the financiers and business people saw a glimpse. The investments that came afterwards were huge, yet endangered and the diamonds’ price depended entirely on their scarcity.

“The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond,
and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.”

DANIEL DEFOE
English trader, writer, journalist, most famous for his Robinson Crusoe novel [ca. 1660 – 24 April 1731]

The American investigative journalist [and Harvard professor] Edward Jay Epstein said in his 1982 Have You Ever Tried to Sell a Diamond? article that “the diamond invention is far more than a monopoly for fixing diamond prices; it is a mechanism for converting tiny crystals of carbon into universally recognized tokens of wealth, power, and romance”. The word “diamond” comes from “proper”, “unalterable”, “unbreakable” ancient Greek descriptions. In order to gain “the hardest material on Earth” title [actually, it’s only a myth that diamonds are 58 times stronger than anything else that exists in nature, Aggregated Diamond Nanorods (ADNRs or “hyperdiamond”), heated carbon fullerene molecules, is 11% harder than a diamond], diamonds have to check the purity, crystalline perfection and orientation attributes first. Their hardness is higher as they get near flawlessness.

 “Diamonds are intrinsically worthless,
except for the deep psychological need they fill.”

Nicky Oppenheimer
[Chairman at De Beers, one of the biggest companies of Mining and trading of diamonds, founded in 1888]

In their pure state, diamonds have no colour, but the rarest ones are blue or red as opposed to the most common yellow and brown coloured. When it comes to countries and their diamonds, Russia produces the biggest volume in the world while Botswana is first in value of diamonds. North America can produce 12% of the total diamond production [on earth] because of the Ekati Mine and others from Canada. There is no surprise that America is the largest diamond market even though the U.S. produces almost no diamonds.

Many companies now mine diamonds across the world with over 50% coming from Africa. Only 20% of rough diamonds are good enough to be polished and used for items such as rings, earings and necklaces.

There are four stages the diamond must go through before it reaches the market place.

  1. Mining.
  2. Rough Diamonds Reach the Market Place.
  3. Manufacturing the Diamond.
  4. Selling the Diamond.

http://www.jewellerymonthly.com/where-do-diamonds-come-from/#

April 18, 2013

Really excited about my new collection with enamelling work

What is enamelling?

You may well ask and so did I so here is the explanation:

Vitreous enamel, also porcelain enamel in US English, is a material made by fusing powdered glass to a substrate by firing, usually between 750 and 850 °C (1,382 and 1,562 °F). The powder melts, flows, and then hardens to a smooth, durable vitreous coating on metal, or on glass or ceramics. The term "enamel" is most often restricted to work on metal, which is the subject of this article. Enameled glass is also called "painted". Fired enamelware is an integrated layered composite of glass and metal. The word enamel comes from the Old High

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April 18, 2013

The Price of Gold Is Crashing. Here's Why

A chart of the crashing price of gold looks like a wedding ring rolling off a table. Gold futures for June delivery closed at $1,361 an ounce on the Comex in New York today, a drop of more than $200 in two sessions. Gold’s fall of 13 percent since April 11 was the biggest two-session decline since 1980.

Why is gold plunging? The most important factor is that global inflation is falling, reducing gold’s value as a hedge against rising prices. Gold bugs who were betting on an outburst of inflation are scrambling to reverse their bets and exit their gold positions at any price.

For consumers struggling to make ends meet, it may seem hard to believe that inflation is falling. But the evidence is clear from JPMorgan Chase’s global consumer price index, which covers more than 30 countries that collectively represent more than 90 percent of world economic output.

According to the JPMorgan index, global inflation peaked at 4 percent in 2011 and has fallen steadily since. Global prices in February were up only about 2.5 percent from a year earlier, the bank’s index says.

JPMorgan has two scenarios for what happens next. Its main one is based on a “bottom-up” collection of analysts’ forecasted price trends sector by sector around the world. That shows inflation rising very slightly from its current level for the rest of 2013. In contrast, JPMorgan’s “top-down” analysis, which is prepared by the banks’ economists and takes into account prices of commodity futures contracts, among other factors, shows inflation moving down closer to 2 percent in the second half of 2013.

The headline on JPMorgan’s report: “The slide in global inflation may not be over.”

Joseph Lupton, a senior global economist at JPMorgan Chase, said in an interview that the inflation decline is partly a matter of supply bottlenecks easing, which is a good thing, and demand growth slowing, which is not so good. Lupton said he’s not in the business of forecasting gold prices, which tend to be whipsawed by speculation more than other commodity prices are. Says Lupton: “Gold is an animal in and of itself.”

Last week Goldman Sachs warned that the retreat in gold was accelerating after the longest rally in nine decades.

“Anybody who did some buying before this big drop is probably in some pain,” Donald Selkin, who helps manage about $3 billion of assets as chief market strategist at National Securities Corp. in New York, told Bloomberg News. “The perception is that gold is not really needed as a safe haven. People are looking at the stock market, and they’re stunned, and there’s no inflation. So people are saying, ‘What do we need gold for?’”

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-04-15/the-price-of-gold-is-crashing-dot-heres-why

March 27, 2013

The future of Vinnie Day Jewellery?

Could this really be the future for Vinnie Day Jewellery?

First we need a physical shop but then we are rocking!  A shop with interactive shopping from the window so you do not have the problem of security and the customer can purchase at any time with a touch. 

Watch this clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZXucLUfh0U

March 18, 2013

How tech is transforming jewellery

Chris Vallance discovers how 3D is being used to make precious jewellery


12th March 2013


A 3D printing technology will be a "shape changer" for the jewellery industry, according to the leading UK supplier of precious metals to the trade.

The technology, called laser sintering, is being employed by Cookson Precious Metals to produce jewellery from computer designs.

Stella Layton, chief executive of the firm, said as a result, high-street shoppers could expect to see more personalised jewellery offered by retailers.

But others say the approach is relatively expensive, and the pieces produced still require significant work before sale.

Industrial heritage

Inside the highly secure Cookson factory in Birmingham's jewellery quarter many machines hark back to the firm's long heritage.

Large mechanical rollers shape pool-cue sized rods of silver, there's the sound of metal being worked, and the smell of gas in the air.

Laser sintering is different. The machine that Cookson currently use looks like a large piece of office equipment and sounds like a photocopier.

Behind a tinted glass panel 18-carat gold powder, laid down by a robot arm, sparkles as a laser fuses the metal into complex three-dimensional shapes, layer by layer.

Changing production

Laser sintering has been used in other industries for some time.

Stella Layton says the firm hopes to offer a service producing designs to order, using the machines supplied by German-based manufacturer EOS.

But she also hopes to sell smaller versions of the machine to the jewellery trade.

She sees several advantages to the technology: complex designs can be made rapidly, and can be quickly altered and produced.

Objects which hitherto had to be cast in solid metal can be manufactured as hollow shapes, reducing their weight and the amount of precious metal used.

"It's inevitable that this will become an integral part of our industry - as it has in the other industries it's been implemented in - but it's a shape changer to the industry," she said.

She says the firm has been in talks with major high-street retailers.

"They think it opens doors for customisation, so that you can take a piece and change it just for you," she said.

Craft skills

Cookson believes the sintering process, "puts the power in terms of the computer-aided design rather than the bench skills".

The Goldsmiths Company, which earned its royal charter in 1327, has seen a few changes in the techniques used by jewellers.

While apprentices still learn traditional craft skills, others working at the Goldsmiths centre are using 3D printers to produce jewellery.

Rupert Todd a designer based at the centre prints designs in wax, which are then cast in precious metal.

But Goldsmiths' Robin Kyte says the laser-sintering technique has its drawbacks.

Pieces, once printed, would still require finishing before sale, he said. "The cost of the fashioning is expensive," he explained.

And the process requires a significant amount of gold powder, more gold than might be required initially to make a piece using more traditional methods.

The 'toner' used in the laser sintering process is rather more expensive than that found in a laser printer cartridge. Eighteen-carat gold powder is worth about £18,000 a kilo.

Robin Kyte believes mastering the use of 3D printing and computer aided design, is just the latest addition to the skills jewellers should learn, and it won't, in his view, replace traditional craftsmanship.

"I think the craft skills will still be here, after 700 years they'll still be here," he said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21754924

March 18, 2013

Easter Specials

Can you find a better way to finish off your Easter Sunday outfit than with the Vinnie Day Shell Earring

This is discrete and chic, original and sweet.  Don't hesitate as stock is running low.

January 25, 2013

New pieces - secret preview

Now that Christmas is over and we are all preparing ourselves for the burst of spring in March, why not enjoy a few of Vinnie's new pieces before they are published on line.  Drop Vinnie a line on 07985 614722 to arrange this 'secret preview'. 

This offer ends January 2013.