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5 Ways to Celebrate Mum this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a special opportunity to show Mum that little bit of extra appreciation for all she’s done and will do for you. Here are five ways to make Mum’s special day just a little more memorable this year:

1. Treat her to her favourite food

Some say food is the language of love, and we agree! This tip is beautifully versatile – take Mum out to her favourite café or restaurant and treat her to a meal for breakky, lunch or dinner (don’t forget dessert!); or create a home-cooked meal that’s a labour of love while Mum kicks back with her beverage of choice.

2. Gift her something personal

Whether it’s a handmade card or something tailored to her unique style, something personal is what almost every mother wants most on Mother’s Day. To really step outside of the box with your gift-giving, step into your nearest Showcase Jewellers store and ask about their engraving services to add a personal touch to any jewellery piece; or ask to see their range of gemstone pieces for Mum’s birth month.

3. Plan a fun activity into the day

Planning a special activity is a surefire way to not only treat Mum to something fun and different, but also spend time with her. Paint and Sip classes are taking off in popularity, which involve bringing your favourite drinks and snacks to a painting class, and bringing your masterpiece home with you afterward. If she’s not a fan of painting or wine, try a scavenger hunt, virtual cooking class or at-home spa day.

4. Have a night out

Tickets to a live comedy, theatre, movie or music show are the perfect way to not only have a unique gift ready on Mother’s Day, but also continue the celebration beyond the day. Just make sure to snap up enough tickets for the whole family, because the best memories are made together!

5. Have a night in

Sometimes the comforts of home and good company are better than anything else. Plan a night in with a cosy makeshift home cinema setup, popcorn and a movie the whole family can enjoy to really soak up the quality time with Mum this Mother’s Day.

Leave a comment below and tell us how you plan to make this Mother’s Day special.

5 Tips to Make This Valentine’s Day Special

Whether you’re wanting to celebrate your new relationship or treat your long-term partner to a special day, choosing from (or all of) these 5 handy tips can help make this Valentine’s Day one to remember:

Tip #1 – Write a note

Whether it’s a sticky note, handwritten letter or a text, leaving your partner an affectionate note to start off their Valentine’s Day is a thoughtful way to show your affection. Can’t think of something sweet to say? Keep it simple – an “I love you” goes a long way on Love Day.

Tip #2 – Hide their favourite snacks

Hide your partner’s favourite sweet or savoury treats for a lovely surprise throughout their day. Be sure to pick common places they’re likely to come across them, e.g. in their favourite coffee mug, beside their car keys or in their bag/wallet.

Tip #3 – Cook together

Skip the busy restaurant crowds and indulge in an intimate night in. Cooking together is a great opportunity to make the most of each other’s company this Valentine’s Day, not to mention tailoring your meals to your tastes down to the tiniest details.

Tip #4 – Gift something special (for her)

If you haven’t found a thoughtful gift for your special someone yet – don’t panic. Your local Showcase Jewellers store has a wide range of classic and unique jewellery pieces and gifts for her to suit any tastes.

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When in doubt, go for something you could see ‘fitting’ across her day-to-night wardrobe.

Tip #5 – Gift something special (for him)

When you’re not sure where to start when it comes to gifting something he’ll truly appreciate, head to your local Showcase Jewellers store to view their range of men’s jewellery, watches and accessories.

Choose a striking ring, stylish cufflinks or a timeless watch to surprise him with this Valentine’s Day.

Christmas Gift Guide: Jewellery and Accessories

Find the perfect gift for each and every special person in your life at your local Showcase Jewellers store.

Gifting can be tricky at Christmas. With so many loved ones to buy for, it can be all too easy to be lost for what to buy who – and more importantly – where to buy it.

Each Showcase Jewellers store is independently owned and operated, which means you can find a wide array of different gifting solutions across different Showcase Stores near you.

Here are our picks for the best gifts for everyone you have to buy for this Christmas:

For Your Significant Other

For Her: A Mixed Metal Ring

Mixed metal rings combine the aesthetic qualities of different metals, creating a stunningly different piece for day-to-night wear. Choose a rose and yellow gold ring for a classic warm-toned look, or reach for white and rose gold to make a statement.

The experienced staff at your nearest Showcase Jewellers store are always happy to walk you through their range of mixed metal pieces, ensuring that you and your partner are delighted by the end result of a uniquely beautiful piece.

For Him: A Tungsten Ring

Tungsten is a sleek, sturdy metal with no small degree of character, which makes it the perfect material for a stunning men’s ring. Choose from a range of Tungsten rings for a unique touch at your local Showcase Jewellers store this Christmas.

For Mum

Gold Bangle

Bangles are a must-have accessory for any occasion, and the versatility of patterns and colours makes them a lovely gift for Mum this Christmas. While yellow gold bangles are the classic choice, you can also reach for rose or white gold to suit Mum’s personal style.

For Dad

Analogue Wristwatch

Timelessly stylish, an analogue watch is the perfect day-to-night accessory for Dad this Christmas. A wide choice of different watch faces and band combinations make this gift choice wonderfully personal.

For Your Work Friends

Stud Earrings

Stud earrings are a crowd-pleaser you can’t go wrong with, from classic sterling silver bead studs to gemstone studs, there’s something to perfectly fit the ‘just a little something’ gift mark at work this Christmas at your local Showcase Jeweller.

How often should you get your jewellery professionally checked?

Beautiful jewellery is an investment designed to last a lifetime, so it’s important to keep it in good shape and care for it appropriately.

Let’s have a look at when you should take it for some professional tender loving care.

When should you have a maintenance check?

To keep your jewellery in good condition it’s important to take it in for professional maintenance once a year, at a stretch every year and a half. This ensures that any damage or wear from use and age is caught before it’s too late. This is particularly important for rings containing precious jewels where it is essential that prongs are kept strong and tight.

Well trained jewellers are able to tighten any loose fittings as well as file out any dents or deep scratches. This will help to protect the surface of your pieces over their lifetime.

It is advisable to take your jewellery for a check up after getting it first professionally cleaned. This allows jewellers to have an unhindered view of the piece and makes it easier to spot any potential areas of damage and wear.

Even diamonds can get chipped in the bustle of daily life.

When should you have jewellery professionally cleaned?

Fine jewellery should be something worn with pride, whenever and wherever you like – so it’s important to keep them sparkling.

While quite a lot of cleaning can be done at home, for your finest pieces we recommend taking them for a thorough professional clean every six months to a year. This can usually be done at your local jewellers for a very reasonable cost.

Jewellery care tips

A lot of your jewellery will be made of the highest quality metals, diamonds and gemstones – but this does not make them indestructible. Even diamonds can be chipped and worn in the rough and tumble of daily life. To keep your jewellery intact here are a few of our top tips:

  1. Avoid wearing while swimming. Not only is it easy for rings and bracelets to slip off unnoticed, chlorine can tarnish metals and even some gemstones.
  2. Don’t wear your pieces to the gym. It’s not worth exposing them to the risk of getting caught and damaged in moving machinery. Also they will become very dirty from sweat.
  3. Rings especially should not be worn for any physical activities that involve your hands. This includes chores like washing the dishes, gardening or lifting heavy weights. Gemstones can easily be chipped when banged and the ring can become scratched.

Visit us in one of our Showcase stores to shop get your jewellery checked and looking beautiful.

Say hello to Citrine, November’s first birthstone!

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That’s right, like October with its enchanting opal and radiant tourmaline, November is yet another month with two gemstones to choose from. We’re going to illuminate the first of this gorgeous pair, the luminous citrine, discovering its various properties as well as seeing how you can incorporate into your jewellery collection.

Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or for a beautiful gift for a November baby, here’s what you should know about the stunning citrine.

A quartz by any other name 

The citrine is part of the quartz family, presenting itself in a warm golden-yellow hue, reminiscent of the citrus fruit from whence it got its name. One of the most popular yellow-coloured gemstones sold in the world today, citrines can range from a pale lemon to a rich, almost amber colouring thanks to a trace of iron in its mineral makeup.

However, this hue is hardly natural, according to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Due to golden citrines being relatively rare, most of the examples you see today are the result of an ingenious heat treatment technique, which transforms the lilac of amethysts into the alluring citrine.

It’s due to this warm colouration that the citrine has been often muddled up with topaz, November’s other birthstone, even though the American Gem Society (AGS) explains that they are completely different jewels.

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Citrine’s properties

The International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) notes that the citrine has a relatively high rating of 7 on the Moh’s Hardness Scale, just like the rest of its quartz family, meaning that you don’t need to worry about it getting damaged from small knocks due to general wear and tear.

Like any other gemstone, the citrine is said to be imbued with its own unique properties, with the AGS reporting that the stone is associated with healing, as well as nurturing vitality and warmth for the lucky wearer.

The citrine is also the commemorative gemstone for a 13th anniversary, notes the GIA, so whether you’re approaching this special date in your relationship or you know a wonderful November baby, citrine jewellery makes for a beautiful and thoughtful gift.

How can I wear citrine jewellery?

Here at Showcase, we’re excited to offer our customers a selection of Karen Walker’s imaginative jewellery range, including this wonderful owl ring, featuring citrine as well as May’s birthstone of emerald.

What makes citrine truly a great addition to your collection is that its golden hue is almost universally flattering on a range of skin tones, complementing warmer or darker complexions as well as brightening fair ones.

Citrine looks equally as radiant set in either gold or cool-toned metals, but has a special glint to it when matched with either white gold or sterling silver.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this foray into the world of citrine! Make sure you keep an eye out for our upcoming feature on the second November birthstone of topaz, and take a look back through our previous birthstone articles here to read up on May to October.

Celebrating October’s birthstones part one: Tourmaline

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October is the month of Libras, Scorpios and everyone’s favourite spooky holiday of Halloween, but did you know it’s also a month with two birthstones? You heard us right, those lucky October babies have two stunning gems to choose from: tourmaline and opal.

These enchanting stones only enhance the sparkling personalities of those born in the tenth month of the year, making a special addition to any jewellery collection.

Here we’re taking a look at the first of the October birthstones, tourmaline

Colourful origins 

You may know tourmaline as having a vivid pink hue, but the fact of the matter is that this gem can come in a variety of different colours. Due to its bi- or tri-colour properties, tourmaline can be found in an almost emerald green, as well as blue, red-brown and even yellow.

The tourmaline owes its variation of colour to a range of elements such as manganese, iron, chromium, lithium and calcium, notes the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

According to the International Coloured Gemstone Association, the azure blue characteristic of the rare Paraiba variety from Brazil is caused by the presence of copper, usually absent from any other tourmaline.

 

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A surprising discovery 

The beautiful tourmaline had humble beginnings when it was stumbled upon by a Spanish explorer in the 1500s and mistaken for an emerald, according to the GIA. Long confused with various other gems thanks to its broad spectrum of colours, it wasn’t until a few hundred years later that tourmaline was identified as being its own type of mineral.

Its name comes from ‘toramalli’, a word in the Sri Lankan language of Sinhalese that is taken to mean ‘mixed gems’. It’s not uncommon to see two or more colours in the same gemstone, often used for creative or artistic effect.

One example of this is the ‘watermelon tourmaline’, where a cross section of the stone reveals a pink core, surrounded by a thin band of white and then an outer ring of green.

Incorporating tourmaline into your life 

Now tourmaline deposits can be found all around the world, including across the United States, Brazil, Afghanistan and Madagascar, according to the GIA. It’s accepted as being the gem for an eighth wedding anniversary, and is thought to have various healing properties. These include the promotion of balance and understanding, as well as for easing tension and detoxifying the body.

Wearing tourmaline jewellery is a breeze, as the sheer range of colours makes it easy to find a shade that suits you. Our stunning pink tourmaline and diamond cocktail ring is sure to be a hit with any October babies and lucky partners. It is set in 18-carat yellow gold, with white gold accents acting as a bezel to the 0.33 carat of diamonds that form a halo around the oval-shaped central tourmaline.

A modern take on art deco style, this ring adds a splash of colour and sparkle to any outfit, and can be mixed and matched with either gold or silver toned pieces with ease. If you’ve already had your birthday, no need to fear, as you can look back at our previous birthstone articles, including rubies for July, peridots for August and sapphires for September.

Treat your bridal party to something special

A bride’s engagement and wedding rings are hugely important elements to her special day – but who says they’re the only jewellery items that get to walk down the aisle? Treat your bridesmaids as you would like to be treated and shower them in gifts of the sparkly variety.

Your bridal party will likely be made up of the most precious and important women in your life, and they often spend a considerable amount of their own time, effort (and sometimes money) to help celebrate your special day. It’s natural to want to recognise this and show your appreciation through a gift, and one long-standing bridal party tradition is giving bridesmaids jewellery on the day of the wedding. Typically, the bridal party will wear these items throughout the day, and often come in the form of a necklace, earrings or bracelet. This tradition sees couples in Australia spending an average of $204 on bridesmaid jewellery, according to the 2015 Bride to be ‘cost of love’ survey.

The best time to present your gift to your bridal party is at a quiet time before the ceremony when you’re all together. You could add in a handwritten heartfelt note detailing how happy you are to have these women in your life, and have your photographer on hand to capture this special moment. Gifts are usually the same across the bridesmaids, however may vary in colour or style slightly. For instance, you could include the birthstones of each of your bridesmaids in their earrings with the same setting and style, or engrave a special message to each recipient on the inside of a wedding bracelet.

One exception to this gift giving process may be your maid of honour. This person often has an extra special role to play in a wedding and can be responsible for a greater share of help and support, so many brides show their appreciation with a more significant gift. This could be as simple as upgrading the stone used in a gift of earrings or adding in a matching bracelet.

Make this Father’s Day different

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Where would we be without good old dad? Fathers have a special place in our heart, earned a thousand times over with affectionate gestures, overly enthusiastic pep talks and general awesomeness.

Each year, we put aside a day to honour and thank our hardworking, much-loved fathers for everything they’ve done over the years. If you’ve been scratching your head about how to spoil dad this year, whether it’s your own pops or you’re buying something on behalf of your little ones, Showcase Jewellers is here to help.

So it’s out with the boxers and chocolate and in with a meaningful gift your dad can cherish for years to come.

Don’t let time slip away from you 

A watch is, if you’ll excuse the pun, a timeless gift for dad. It’s something that he can wear everyday, and is an accessory that is both stylish and practical. Something like the Mizzano Workmans Watch is built to last, with 100-metre water resistance, quartz movements and a rugged stainless steel structure that can handle whatever your dad can throw at it.

In contrast, if your father already has an everyday watch, why not plump for something a little more dressy, such as the classic style of a chronograph watch? With a brown leather strap and the brassy veneer of rose gold plating, this timepiece has a hint of nostalgia about it, and a good helping of sophistication.

Accessorising dad 

Just because he’s dad, doesn’t mean he can’t pull off some of the latest trends in men’s accessories and jewellery. Men’s bracelets add a personal touch to any outfit without going overboard, such as this stainless steel mesh example or this polished link bracelet.

Cufflinks are a great way to spruce up your dad’s shirts, whether they’re sporting a brushed stainless steel or an onyx affair.

Last but not least, you can top it all off with some quality time with your dad – whether it’s a laid​ back lunch or a day fishing, he’ll love the effort you make to spend time with him on his special day.

Give your dad a gift he can cherish for years to come.

In praise of watches: Why we should never replace these timeless timepieces

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‘Watches are so named as a reminder – if you don’t watch carefully what you do with your time, it will slip away from you.’

So said mysterious philosopher and oft-quoted horologist Drew Sirtors, talking about the timepieces that have adorned our wrists ever since we discovered that a complicated series of interconnected cogs and springs could help us identify the time of day or night.

The ever-advancing march of technology has given us watches that not only tell the time, but the temperature, air pressure, what the weather might do and a whole raft of other functions. They are powered by the sun, kinetic energy or batteries that may last a decade. But even so, is the watch losing its rightful place as the number one way of telling the time?

Not if we have anything to say about it! With Father’s Day fast approaching, there’s never been a better time to seek out a timepiece to adorn the wrists of the dad in your life.

Watching the competition

According to a recent poll by YouGov, an international market research company that carries out wide ranging research across a variety of topics, it was found that more than half of people aged between 16 and 34 do not use their watch as the primary source of telling the time. Of course, they aren’t using the position of the sun like some sort of urban ‘Crocodile’ Dundee – they turn to their smartphones.

Found my Grandfathers pocket #watch. Thought it appropriate bc of the transition tonight #heirloom #gooddesign pic.twitter.com/kA8quKGJ

— Erik (@Erik_Jens) January 1, 2013

That’s right – 60 per cent of people in this age bracket would rather dig out their device, look at the time, get distracted by a load of notifications, and relock the phone before the battery runs out. This is preferred to a simple turn of the wrist for a quick glance at a timepiece that will take mere seconds.

So, are watches destined to be consigned to the annals of history as technology catches up with them?

Almost certainly not. Humans have worn watches, from the classic pocket variety to the ones worn on our wrists today, for over 500 years. This amount of time has, of course, seen them survive just about every major world event and technological revolution possible.

Even today, as innovative companies such as Google and Apple bring forth a new breed of smartwatches, nothing can compare to the classic elegance of a well-crafted wrist watch.

So, are watches destined to be consigned to the annals of history as technology catches up with them? Almost certainly not.

“We’re all extremely attached to our cameras, our phones, our computers, our iPads, and I think there’s something charming about owning something analogue,” said Stephen Puvirent, of watch publication Hodinkee.

“I’m going to replace my iPhone sometime in the next few years. But a really high-quality watch I can wear and enjoy on a daily basis,” he concluded.

Watch where you’re going!

Additionally, watches can become heirlooms, especially ones which are built to last. They aren’t simply used to tell the time – they become a symbol of something lasting, and are often passed down between generations. Could you imagine the same thing occurring with iPhones? This is what makes them a perfect gift for the father in your life – something that will stand the test of time.

We at Showcase Jewellers are huge fans of the wristwatch. Our range of timepieces are designed and crafted by Mizzano, and we have several to choose from, for both ladies and gentlemen. This Father’s Day, don’t plump for the arbitrary socks or bottle of beer – get him something that he will cherish for the rest of his life.

For the hard-working gent, why not take a look at this specialist ‘Tradies’ effort? It’s crafted from durable stainless steel and is water resistant to some 100 metres, so whatever line of work you’re in, you can be sure that this hardy piece will keep perfect time.

This beautiful rose gold effort, replete with leather strap has a timeless appeal that won’t look out of place at any occasion – least of all your father’s wrist.

A watch can be passed down between generations – unlike smartphones!

3 Places You Shouldn’t Wear Your Jewellery

You’ve no doubt built up a wonderful collection of beautiful jewellery thanks to Showcase Jewellers, and every day you find a reason to show off your shiny pieces. In the interests of keeping your jewellery in pristine collection, we’ve put together a list of three places where you should resist the temptation to wear your precious ornaments.

Thermal hot springs

Most people will know this one by now, but in case you missed the memo: Do not wear your silver jewellery in thermal hot springs. The high sulphur content of the water is great for your skin but terrible for your jewellery. Immersing your silver in thermal pools and other geothermal areas will immediately tarnish your jewellery, leaving it looking darkened, dirty, and decidedly dull. The tarnish can be removed, either by yourself or a professional, but why subject yourself to an unnecessary headache?

Sleeping

When you fall in love with a piece of jewellery it can be tempting to wear it 24 hours a day, and there’s something whimsical about falling asleep with your most prized possession against your skin. However, you wriggle around a lot when you sleep, and this movement can put your jewellery at the risk of getting damaged.

Rolling onto your side can force your body’s weight against your arm and wrist, which could potentially caused link bracelets to become irreversibly kinked, while solid bracelets may stretch and get bent out of shape. Earrings should also be removed as they may catch on your pillows and linen during the night – a painful way to wake up that may also damage the earring.

The beach

The surf and sand presents a variety of risks to your jewellery that you should strongly consider before wearing your new diamond ring to the beach. Swimming for extended periods of time can cause your hands and fingers to wrinkle (which is actually shrinking them), posing the danger of your ring loosening and falling off in the sea, probably to never be seen again.

Make sure you leave your rose-gold jewellery at home, as its copper content is very susceptible to the corrosion caused by salt air. Sand is highly abrasive and can damage rhodium-plated and gold-plated surfaces, among others. Diamonds and other hard gemstones should be fine at the beach, but softer gemstones such as amethyst and citrine are also vulnerable to being scratched by the sand.

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