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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Make Mum Feel Special This Mother's Day

Despite a bit of set back this week, I've been happy to see the first signs of spring finally on its way! I've been wearing my sunglasses, enjoying the warmth of the beautiful spring sunshine, and even had a cheeky ice cream last weekend! I also caught a glimpse of the first daffodils blooming and thought of one special person who would love such a sight... my Mum!

It will be time to celebrate our wonderful and beautiful Mums for Mother’s Day this Sunday, and if you’re struggling for gift ideas, fear not! Here's a few fab, inspirational gift ideas that you still have time to order - by Wednesday evening for Standard Delivery and Friday for Next Day Delivery - with us here at H.Samuel!

My Mum adores candles. They’re pretty much all over the house...different sizes, colour co-ordinated, scented, and even floating in vases of water! If your mum is a candle-holic like mine, this beautifully decorated candle with a cute pink union jack symbol and colourful, quirky flowers would make a perfect gift this Mother’s Day. You can personalise the front with your own heartfelt message, so that every time she goes to light it she can be reminded of just how much she is loved by you.

If you think she’d prefer a more classic Mother’s Day gift, then perhaps opt for this timeless ‘Mum’ pendant with cut out heart detailing. Crafted in shining silver, your Mum could wear it with simply any style.

If your Mum is a fan of our blue nosed friend, this Tatty Teddy ‘Flowers for My Mum’ figurine would make a perfect gift for her this Mother’s Day. Tatty Teddy’s vase of colourful flowers and ‘Mum’ balloons would make an addition to her collection that she can cherish forever.

For Mums that love a bit of glitz and glamour, then give her a Mother’s Day gift that sparkles.  This silver and 9ct yellow gold wrap pendant is set with a glistening cubic zirconia, making a perfect addition to your mum’s elegant style.

All Mums deserve to feel extra special this Mother's Day. Let us help you say it better by giving her a beautiful gift from H. Samuel.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Step Up Your Game With Sport Watches

With the excitement of Sport Relief kicking off next weekend from 21st – 23rd March 2014, hundreds of thousands of people across the UK, including celebrities, have been getting active and raising money for the charity. Last month Davina McCall conquered her BT Sport Relief Challenge by running, cycling and swimming an awe-inspiring total of 500 miles and has so far raised over an incredible £760,000!

Whether you’re joining in the fun at the Sport Relief games or you’d just like to stay on track with your own personal sport, fitness or outdoor activity, wearing the right type of sport watch is the best way to monitor your personal targets. This week we're treating you to a special sport watch warm up, discussing just a few of the fantastic sport watches we have at H Samuel and why it's important to understand their features.

If you're after a watch to monitor your running or cycling activities, features such as timers, lap-chronograph and GPS make a great training accompaniment. We think the latest Ironman Run Trainer 2.0 by Timex would make a fantastic running partner, which also comes with a Flex Tech digital 2.4 heart rate sensor. This high-resolution grey resin strap watch features an easy-to-use menu system, vibrating alerts, hands-free and chronograph. Its GPS and interval timers allow you to measure your real-time distance, pace, speed and heart rate. It also offers a free desktop training software and free online access to a training log powered by TrainingPeaks for you to conveniently track your progress. The watch is also water resistance up to 50 metres and includes an INDIGLO® light if you'd prefer to run at night.

It's been announced that the loveable actor, presenter and former King of the Jungle, Joe Swash, will be running the London Mile for the Sport Relief Games.You too can put your best foot (or pedal) forward with this impressive Adizero digital chronograph watch by adidas Performance. The Adizero features 100-lap memory, time/interval and training timers, all displayed on a positive LCD dial. Its black vented PU strap makes a comfortable fit and perfect with any sports attire.

Despite having never climbed in her life, in just under 2 days time Alex Jones from the One Show will be attempting to bravely climb 1,200ft up the sheer-faced Moonlight Buttress in Zion National Park, Utah...terrifying! We sure hope Alex will be fully equipped with a robust timepiece such as the Pro-Trek resin strap watch by Casio. Designed for the outdoors in mind, the latest radio wave technology and solar powered timepiece is perfect for hiking and mountain climbing. Including an impressive array of features such as a compass for navigation, thermometer, world time, stopwatch, countdown timer, 5 alarms, auto illuminator light,100m water resistance and altimeter for altitude readings, which uses atmospheric pressure to help you to verify your location. Its barometer feature is also highly useful as it scientifically measures atmospheric pressure. With this tough and durable watch, you're all set for an outdoor adventure!

BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin will be making a splash at the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Swimathon, joining over 60,000 people who are already planning to take part across the UK in 1.5km, 2.5km or 5km Swimathons. Why not take the plunge yourself with this vibrant turquoise Timex Ironman resin strap watch with 100 metres water resistance and 250 lap TapScreen feature. You can access information whilst you swim with its innovative TapScreen function by logging split times with one firm tap on the digital screen.This stylish sport timepiece works swimmingly with your aquatic style and even comes in pink!

Step up your game and get active by checking out our full range of sport watches at H Samuel.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Discover Gemstones. Discover GAIA!

This week at H Samuel, we've been drawing inspiration from the mystical elegance of gemstones! A gemstone is a mineral or naturally occurring material that is durable enough to be carved, polished and cut to create enchanting pieces of jewellery.

Exclusive to H Samuel, the young British jewellery brand GAIA use a wide variety of beautiful gemstones, believing that craftsmanship is key to unlocking the full potential and elegance of minerals and metals. After feeling energised by the sheer beauty of the GAIA jewellery, we at H Samuel have chosen to delve deeper into the mystical origins and metaphysical and healing properties behind five of our favourite gemstones.

According to Eskimo legends, Labradorite represents the Northern Lights trapped in the rocks along the Labrador coast in Canada. It is a stone of illumination and initiation, with elegant grey hues and a hint of emerald green. Wear Labradorite to reveal new insights and untapped potential!

Also known as blood stone due to its natural dark features, hematite is believed to have many healing properties. In Feng Shui, hematite is used for its grounding, calming and protective properties. The mineral has been in use for thousands of years. In ancient Egypt, hematite statues were placed in the tombs of important religious figures and the Indians in North America, believed that when it was used in war paint it made the user invincible. Wear shimmering hematite to help connect, balance & harmonise your mind, body and spirit.

One of the most ancient gemstones, Mother of Pearl is believed to bring to its wearer the gentle healing power of the sea. It relieves you from stress, soothes and calms. The name, Mother of Pearl is said to have been given to the inner layer of shells by Queen Elizabeth I. Mother of Pearl comes in several natural colours: white, grey and yellow. Wear elegant Mother of Pearl to attract prosperity and imagination.

Drusy Quartz is a gemstone with a natural surface texture reminiscent of fine sugar crystals that are formed on the surface of quartz minerals. It’s believed to energise and stabilise both body and aura, and promotes creativity, along with giving light and joy. Wear glittering Drusy Quartz to aid balance and amplify your body’s natural healing properties.

Called the Heart Stone, Rose Quartz has been used as a love token as early as 600 B.C, because of its romantic pink hues. Rose Quartz is also called Hyaline Quartz, from the Greek hyalos, meaning “glass". It carries a soft energy of compassion and peace, and speaks directly to the Heart Chakra. Wear romantic Rose Quartz to reawaken a deep sense of personal fulfillment and contentment.

GAIA jewellery gives women of any age stunning and versatile pieces without having to break the bank. Accessorize your style with stunning GAIA gemstones and they may just help to release your inner inspiration, motivation or creativity, only at H Samuel.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Let's Talk Embellishments

Blustering winds, downpours of rain and countless broken umbrellas: it’s fair to say that this winter has been downright dismal. But thankfully, evenings are starting to stay lighter and spring will soon be on our doorstep, which means only one thing… it’s time to start filling our wardrobes with this year’s spring/summer trends!

We at H Samuel love all that sparkles, and our eyes have been glistening over the lavish embellishments and statement bling seen at London Fashion Week for S/S'14. The majority of fashion houses have embraced lashings of shimmer, sparkle and costume-jewellery, embellishing any spare inches of fabric that they can reach.

Burberry’s Prorsum S/S'14 ‘English Rose’ collection showed romantic styles of sheer materials, intricate cotton lace in ice cream and sorbet hues, and hand-applied gemstone motifs. One of my favourite designs had to be one worn by Cara Delevingne: a pink lace midi skirt embroidered with shimmering rhinestones, paired with a beautiful white lace top and transparent vinyl jacket, embellished with glistening crystals. Using this as inspiration, why not create your own chic, embellished look with this Fiorelli rose gold-plated small crystal cluster ring. Effortlessly glamorous, this sumptuous rose gold tone ring is set with a glittering crystal surrounded by a cluster of sparkling stones, sure to complement pastel hues and sheer materials.

Pastels romanced with brights in Miu Miu’s S/S'14 collection, showing a display of 1970s inspired yellows and bohemian oranges, with accents of beaded fringe and jeweled embellishments. We think this gold-plated crystal set necklace would make a bohemian style statement and add instant glamour to your S/S'14 outfits.

Staying true to her roots, Simone Rocha inspired her S/S'14 collection on the west rural coast of Ireland, well renowned for its fresh and effortless beauty in spring. Rocha captured this essence in her pieces with misty sheers and dreamy whites, embellishing along collars, pockets and the tops of sheer, knee length socks with elegant pearl flower motifs.

We thought this Sekonda ladies' stone set watch and bracelet set would go beautifully with Simone’s cloudy white inspired designs. Set with an alternating pearl and crystal embellished bracelet and finished with a shimmering mother of pearl drop dial, it also comes complete with a matching pearl and white crystal bracelet. We think this chic stainless steel timepiece would compliment your Simone Rocha inspired look.

If you didn’t already know, Miley Cyrus is getting dark and moody as the new face of Marc Jacobs’ S/S'14 collection. There are plenty of moody hues, sequin embellishment, black floral appliqu├ęs and sheer materials to fall in love with, creating a stunning gothic vibe. We thought this Amethyst crystal flower brooch would be perfect to showcase a striking blend of elegance and contemporary style. The amethyst crystal detailing certainly adds a mystical midnight element to your S/S'14 evening wardrobe.

To help create your embellished look this Spring/Summer, here are just a few more statement accessory faves here at H Samuel: 

Browse all the latest and hottest trends in fashion at H Samuel

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

A Valentine’s Proposal

If you’re planning to make this Valentine’s Day extra romantic by proposing to your loved one, but you’re having trouble finding her the right engagement ring... why not let us help you say it better by choosing from our sensational range at H Samuel? We understand you want to find a ring that reflects her unique style, but also at an affordable price.So with this in mind, we’ve chosen a few of our favourite engagement rings from our classic Timeless collection and our glamorous Endless collection.

To decide whether your special lady would prefer a more traditional or extravagant ring style, you may need to put your detective skills to the test!  Be sure to have a search through her current jewellery and take note of her preferred style, such as the types of metal she likes and whether her jewellery is big and sparkly or dainty and elegant. You may also need to ask her a few questions about what rings she likes, or discreetly walk her past jewellers' windows so she can point out her favourite styles.

If you find that her taste is more subtle and classic, your lady might prefer the simple elegance of our Timeless diamonds collection. In this range, styles such as the traditional solitaire remain the breathtaking centrepiece of engagement rings. If you’re looking for something truly special and sophisticated for your Valentine’s proposal, then The Forever Diamond collection offers an effortless blend of classic and contemporary diamond solitaires, set on a choice of metals including white gold, yellow gold and platinum. This stunning The Forever Diamond 18ct white gold ring features a radiant 2/5 carat  solitaire, crafted in the sparkling 73 facet flower cut unique to The Forever Diamond. Finished with a “Forever” engraving and a hidden diamond inside the band, this ring offers exceptional sparkle and a unique twist on the classic solitaire.

But if you think her jewellery is more contemporary with that extravagant edge, she might be dazzled by our Endless diamonds collection, which has a range of more elaborate bridal sets, clusters and halo rings. The Perfect Fit 9ct White Gold 1/2 Carat Diamond Cluster Bridal Ring Set would make a beautiful representation of your love this Valentine’s. These twisting 9ct white gold bands are sprinkled with shimmering diamonds. And at the heart of this pretty engagement ring sits a flower shaped diamond cluster, for added romantic dazzle.

So, whether you’re looking to propose with a timeless solitaire or an endless engagement ring, the most important rule of thumb when buying a diamond engagement ring is this - take your time. If you cannot decide before Valentine’s or you’d rather wait to choose together, you could always propose on Valentine’s with a proposal ring. The gorgeous 9ct Yellow Gold I Love You Ring sparkles with a glittering heart-shaped cubic zirconia centerpiece, teamed with a glittering cubic zirconia either side. The ring also comes in 9ct white gold and is finished with a delicate engraving on the inside of the band reading “I Love You”.

If you're looking to propose this Valentine's, but maybe need a bit more advice after reading our blog, be sure to visit our online wedding page at H, or ask for advice from one of our experts in your nearest H Samuel store. Whatever you choose to do this Valentine's, we're here to help you say it better!

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Beating The January Blues

A belated Happy New Year from us here at H. Samuel! It’s unbelievably been a month since Christmas. The decorations have now come down, presents have all been unwrapped, and the weather has unsurprisingly been dismal and cold. Like myself, you may have got your wages slightly early last month and now it feels like forever until you see money in the bank again! But pay day is just around the corner, so why not treat yourself to a few pick me up pieces...

When the New Year started, I set myself the same old targets... become more organised, budget my money, and eat healthier. But my flat already looks like a jumble sale, I’ve gone over my budget, and my most recent phone contact is for pizza delivery. Receving gifts over Christmas is always exciting, but finding places to fit them all can be frustrating. Investing in a small mink jewellery box to store all your new jewellery in might be a great solution. The inside is finished with a gorgeous cream lining and a mirror to check out your jewellery. It’s also compact and secure to carry on the go.

 If you’re looking forward to your birthday this month, you probably know that garnet is January’s birthstone. These gorgeous Candy Hearts stud earrings feature garnet centres and diamonds, which add extra sparkle and elegance to all your outfits. They would also be great to wear on Valentine’s Day with their cute heart-shape design.

It’s easy enough to give in to the January blues by slouching in your onesie and eating left-over Christmas chocolates. But why not keep your social life on track with this elegant Sekonda ladies’ stone set strap watch. It’s glittering, feminine beauty will certainly be a conversation starter when you give a sparkling wave to your friends, and it’s neutral and unique pearl coloured beaded strap adds chic glamour to any day or evening wear.

The January blues will try to creep up on us all, but even on a tight budget you can chase them away. View all of H Samuel sales and offers to find your new sparkly accessories and brighten your dreary January.