Laura takes the jewels to IJL!

Laura recently exhibited at International Jewellery London, and showed all of her collections, including her newly launched Dainty Collection. It was a great show and we took on a number of new stockists who will have Laura Gravestock jewels winging their way to them very soon!

A snap of the bestselling Written collection on the new little London skyline display, and our beautiful Promise collection!

 

Brilliant Beachwear

Swimwear-coverWe’ve been promised a late Indian summer, so whether you’re heading off for a last minute holiday in the sun, or staying in blighty, make sure you’re ready to hit the beach with our pick of the most gorgeous high street & high-end beachwear and you won’t miss the last rays of sunshine!

Outfit 1: Hot on trend, the Aztec print is a must have for the beach, alongside lots of layered jewels. We love doubling up necklaces at different lengths, it means we can wear all our favourite pieces at once, hurrah!Aztec--skinted-and-mintedSkinted: 1. Large Hole Floppy Hat- Topshop, £22, 2.Written Multi Star Necklace-  Laura Gravestock, £99, 3. Lilac Aztec Bandeau Bikini- Miss Selfridge, £26, 4. Written Star Studs- Laura Gravestock, £49.

Minted: 1. Lady Ibiza Toquilla Straw Sun Hat- Sensi Studio, £115, 2.Promise Lattice Ring- Laura Gravestock, £219, 3. Rainbow Printed Bandeau Swimsuit- Mara Hoffman, £199, 4. Promise Pendant- Laura Gravestock, £145, Promise Gem Set Pendant- Laura Gravestock, £185.

Outfit 2: Bringing back 50′s glam, these swimsuits are brought to life with elegant accessories. Be brave and brighten up the beach with lots of bold colours to show off your fab style.

Ruched--skinted-and-minted Skinted: 1. Stacker Gem Charm Ring Labradorite- Laura Gravestock, £25, 2. Draped Bandeau Swimsuit- BIBA, £60, 3. Glitter Opaque Frame Sunglasses- Warehouse, £18, 4.Written X O Studs- Laura Gravestock, £20, 5. White Transparent Clutch- New Look, £9.99.

Minted: 1. Majestic Studs- Laura Gravestock, £65, 2. Walter Mio Ruched Bandeau Swimsuit- Norma Kamali, £300, 3. Metallic Rim Sunglasses- Tory Burch, £138, 4. Majestic Stone Set Pendant- Laura Gravestock, £175, 5. Crystal Embellished PVC Clutch- Shourouk, £520.

Outfit 3: Surfs up! Catch some waves in style with these tie-dye bikini’s and accessories. Add a hint of gold to the laid back look for that more luxurious feel and you are ready to be the hottest beach babe.

Tie-dye-skinted-and-mintedSkinted: 1. Stacker Gem Charm Ring Citrine- Laura Gravestock, £35, Stacker Classic Band- Laura Gravestock, £30, Stacker small pearl Charm Ring- Laura Gravestock, £35, 2. Lilac Aztec Bandeau Bikini- Miss Selfridge, £26, 3. AJ Morgan Miami Sunglasses- ASOS, £15, 4. Helter 2Part Geek Sandal- Topshop, £25, 5. Written Heart Studs- Laura Gravestock, £35.

Minted: 1. Cat-eye Sunglasses- Tory Burch, £125, 2. Cayman Tie-Dye Triangle  Bikini Top- VIX, £95, 3. Talon Gem Set Earrings- Laura Gravestock, £279,  4. Talon Cocktail Ring- Laura Gravestock, £669, 5. Cayman Tie-dye Bikini Briefs- VIX, £95, 6. Calf Hair Sandals- Marni, £210.

 

 

Festival Fever

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With summer in full swing and the festival season upon us, here are our hot picks for you to embrace the sun and latest tunes in.

Outfit 1: You can never go wrong with denim shorts at a music festival, teamed here with tassels and eye-catching jewellery for extra flare.

Tassel-Vest-Top1. Struck Twice Necklace – Laura Gravestock, £99, 2. Tassel Top – H&M, £12.99, 3. Moto White High Waist Hotpants – Topshop, £28, 4. Clover Shoes – Acne, £420, 5. Struck Sideways Ring – Laura Gravestock, £59, 6. Tan Leather Tassel Messenger Bag – River Island, £40.

Outfit 2: Bring out the sunshine with flashes of yellow in this outfit, accessorised with shining gold jewels, you’re guaranteed to catch those extra rays.

Dress-Outfit1. Denim Bolero – Pull & Bear, £22.99, 2. Written Large Love Peace Hoops Earrings – Laura Gravestock, £105, 3. All Star Dainty Ballerina Trainers – Converse,  £39.99, 4. Dip Hem Dress - House of Holland, £240, 5. Zig Zag Neon Trim Trilby -  Accessorize, £19, 6. Written Charm Bracelet – Laura Gravestock, £95, 7. Classic Satchel – The Cambridge Satchel Company, £130.

Outfit 3: A modern retro look, mixed with edgy sunglasses and jewellery. This printed jumpsuit paired with layered statement bangles will definitely glam up your weekend.

Jumpsuit-outfit21. Sunglasses – Miu Miu, £190, 2. Promise Cocktail Ring – Laura Gravestock, £269, 3. Talulah – Aldo, £40, 4. Snake Faze Crepe de Chine Jumpsuit – Matthew Williamson, £250, 5. Skylar Mini Cross Body Bag – Rebecca Minkoff, £206, 6. Promise Bangle and Promise Slim Bangle – Laura Gravestock, £355 and £215, respectively.

Outfit 4: Channel the music genius in you with these Roll Deep Sunglasses, you’ll be smashing those hits all night in this Boho-chic skirt and classic hoops.

Maxi-Skirt-outfit1. Roll Deep Sunglasses – House of Holland, £150, 2. Majestic Cocktail Ring – Laura Gravestock, £229, 3. Printed Top - H&M, £14.99, 4. Column Maxi Skirt – Warehouse, £22, 5. Majestic Large Hoop Earrings – Laura Gravestock, £139, 6. Florrie Beaded Toepost Sandals – Topshop, £38.

Outfit 5: Who said you couldn’t head-bang and look good at the same time? This edgy look is lifted with a pop of colour from primary blue Folding Wayfarers.
Riot-outfit1. Leverne Leather Gilet – All Saints, £398, 2. Folding Wayfarer – Ray Ban, £135, 3. Talon Gem Set Bracelet – Laura Gravestock, £145, 4. Riot T-Shirt – Zoe Karssen, £59.95, 5. Bodhi Shorts by The Ragged Priest – Topshop, £45, 6. Talon Pendant – Laura Gravestock, £99, 7. Tall Original – Hunter, £79.

Laura ❤’s Kiss Her

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Kiss Her Cushions

Kiss Her Cushions, made with sumptuous silk, velvet & cotton

In the first of our ‘Design Lust-Haves’ blog posts, we’re looking at one of Laura’s favourite designers – Kiss Her, by Bianca Hall.

Originally known for her fun & quirky hand-pulled screen prints, Bianca has expanded her collection to include luxurious cushions and pillows, jazzy neon lights, tea-towels, cards and most recently, some seriously covetable ceramics.

A selection of the new graphic, hand-painted Plantation Mugs

We want every one of these new graphic, hand-painted Plantation Mugs! £20 each

Laura is lucky enough to own a ‘Silence Is Golden‘ print in sparkling diamond dust, (which is currently waiting to be put up!), and may even have one or two of Bianca’s beautiful cushions dotted around her home – the Kiss Her pieces are a fun and luxurious way to add colour to your living space.

The sparkling 'Silence is Golden' print is a totally affordable design classic with added oomph!

The sparkling ‘Silence is Golden’ print is a totally affordable design classic with added oomph! £120

And with smaller treats such as the playful Purses and Cosmetics Bags, featuring a cheeky zebra repeat and acid bright linings, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t treat yourself to something from this brilliant designer!ZebraSurpriseSmlPurseLRPSdsSRGBBianca doesn't shy away from a neon accent!

Bianca doesn’t shy away from a neon accent! ‘Zebra Surprise’ Oilcloth Cosmetic Purse £24

Cockpit Arts Summer Open Studios

E-Flyer BASICIt’s that time of the year again, and we have our Summer Open Studios fast approaching! Taking place from Friday 7th – Sunday 9th June at Cockpit Arts in Holborn, this is a great chance to meet Laura, see (& try on!) all of her marvellous jewellery and discover the work of the other talented designer makers who specialise in ceramics, furniture and fashion accessories.

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Laura is very excited to show her brand new Stacker Collection at the Open Studios and will be running a ‘How Do You Wear Yours?’ competition – there will be more details of this to come later though! The Stacker Collection is available in silver, gold plated & black rhodium plated silver and solid yellow and rose gold – and you can mix & match your bands to create exciting combinations – we can’t wait to see how you will wear yours!

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Laura wears a mix of 5 gorgeous stacking rings in gold and matte black!

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As Seen On…

Rosie ♥’s our Written Heart Ring

Our Written Single Heart Ring has a LOT of fans, and the latest lady to love it is the gorgeous Rosie Fortescue from the Bafta award-winning series Made In Chelsea.

Rosie handTeaming our super-feminine ring with a variety of gorgeous outfits, Rosie shows us how to dress it up or dress it down over on her brilliant blog At Fashion Forte

Keep an eye peeled for Rosie in the latest series of Made in Chelsea on Channel 4, and see if you can spot our ring too!

Written Single Heart Ring

The Written Single Heart Ring – capturing ladies hearts!

All photography of Rosie is from the brilliant Charlotte Summers – check out her work at www.charlottesummers.co.uk

Spring into Summer

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Outfit 1:  A simple, casual outfit ready for a day out in town, or for a coffee catch up with your girlfriends!

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1. Basic Messenger Bag – Zara £19.99, 2. Majestic Single Link Pendant – Laura Gravestock £119, 3. Zigzag Print Tunic – Topshop £36, 4. Red Moto Leigh Jeans – Topshop £38, 5. Majestic Bangle – Laura Gravestock £315, 6. Pia Platform Sandals – French Connection £75.

Outfit 2: Let the outfit do the talking and turn heads with this little number. Striking and glamorous.

Maxi-Dress-Outfit

1. Promise Lattice Ring – £219 and Promise Band -  £105, both from Laura Gravestock, 2. Suede Messenger Bag – Zara £49.99, 3. Blurred Splash Print Maxi – Warehouse £80, 4. Covered Wedge Peep Toe – Zara £19.99, 5. Promise Hoop Earrings – Laura Gravestock £159.

Outfit 3: Feel like a dancing queen, in this frivolously flirty jumpsuit. Add bright wedges for a pop of colour and simple feminine jewellery for a little Saturday night fever.

Jumpsuit-Outfit

1. Written Triple Heart Necklace – Laura Gravestock £65, 2. Criss Cross Clutch – French Connection £125, 3. Ruffle Neck Peg Leg Jumpsuit – Warehouse £60, 4. Lanie Cut Out Platforms – Topshop £60, 5. Written Multi Heart Ring – Laura Gravestock £59.

Outfit 4: Dainty and girly, perfect for a sunny day on the beach, all you’ll need is some sun block and an ice cream!Pink-Outfit2

1. Written Love Necklace – Laura Gravestock £55, 2. Amazing Samta Wow Bag – Accessorize £45, 3. Lizzie Tank Top by Goldie – Topshop £25, 4. Lace Panel Shorts – Warehouse £40, 5. Easy Cream Summer Shoes – Miss Selfridge £25, 6.Stacker Gem Charm Ring Citrine – £25, Stacker Classic Band – £20, Stacker Tiny Heart Charm Ring – from £25, all from Laura Gravestock.

Let’s get personal!

We’ve had a flurry of requests for personalised pieces of late, and after Laura tweeted a picture of her gold D&L ring, the personalised rings have become one of our most popular items!

D&L ringOur customers love to create something that is really unique to them, and if it’s good enough for fashion stylist Laura Puddy from Cosmopolitan magazine (she has her very own L&N ring), then it’s good enough for us!

 

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…a personalised ring on the way to its new owner

And the personalisation doesn’t stop at rings – we’ve got a whole selection of pieces that you can commission with a word or name of your choice – we’ve found that the personalised bracelets make brilliant bridesmaids gifts!

Dainty and feminine - these make great gifts!

Dainty and feminine, and perfect for layering with your other Laura Gravestock bracelets!

Why not get creative with your jewels and treat yourself (or if you’re feeling very generous, someone else!) to a completely individual piece of jewellery? We’re already thinking of several pieces we’d like to commission…

Georgie makes a Love ring

Today Laura taught me how to make one of her very popular Love rings from the Written range!

The first stage was to cut the silver wire so it was ready to be soldered together, I learnt about cutting at the correct angles so that the different parts sit together properly when soldered and bending the wire into just the right curves.

Georgie-BendingThen the next part is to lay everything onto honeycomb board and solder it together (whilst trying not to set fire to anything – see, no flames)!

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Once all the letters were soldered together, I then had to file down any sharp edges so that the ring isn’t scratchy when worn.

Georgie-filingAfter all the edges are smoothed, it’s a case of hammering the ring around a mandrel into the right size. I’m making a midi ring so I made mine quite small so that it could sit on my index finger just after my first knuckle.

Georgie-hammeringOnce all the kinks are smoothed out and the ring is sized correctly, the ring has to be soldered together and then popped into the polisher.

Georgie-polishingHaving not made jewellery before I was a bit shaky doing all the fiddly bits – but I am very proud with the result! The ring has now been sent off to be gold plated – watch this space to see how my first ring turns out…

And here’s the finished article!!

The finished article!

Cocktail Hour

Cocktail-hour Outfit 1: Look classically elegant sipping a Cosmopolitan in a figure hugging LBD. This is one for the woman who likes to look naturally beautiful.

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Outfit 2: Look devilishly chic in this outfit whilst enjoying a Dark & Stormy cocktail – the perfect combination for the girl who likes to spice things up a little.

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Outfit 3: You’ll be queen bee in this beautiful head-turning outfit. Make sure you have a Margarita in your hand whilst enjoying the sunset….

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Outfit 4: Make a fresh & punchy Mojito the final accessory for this striking outfit – you’ll lighten up the room.

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