Nicholas Wylde December Newsletter
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December 2016 Newsletter
Come & join us instore for mulled wine and mince pies from Dec 1st – 24th!

Shop! It’s Christmas! Time to toast the season the Wylde Way...
Christmas time is fast approaching now that December is here and our store windows reflect the colours of the season with displays designed to attract, entice and delight.

Outside and inside, we’re ready for Christmas with our stores a treasure-trove of beautiful jewellery gifts at prices to suit all budgets, starting from £40.

With the busy Christmas markets bustling in both Bath and Bristol, you’ll find a more relaxed atmosphere in our stores where our friendly staff awaits and a festive welcome is ready to greet you along with a crackling fire and complimentary drinks and nibbles.
 Laura, one of our professional Sales Consultants in Bath,  getting in the festive spirit
 
Nicholas’ tip for more relaxed shopping: 

Due to its popularity, Bath Christmas Market  can get a little congested at times and it’s a good tip to know that the market is generally less crowded after 5.00pm when all of the coaches have departed, or early mornings between 9am-11am, before the crowds gather.

So why not come and see us around 11am, after you have visited the market, for a complimentary tea or coffee, or later at 4pm, before you go to the market, for a glass of mulled wine and a seasonal biscuit, then you will be nicely warmed up and ready to browse and soak up the atmosphere of the market which is open daily until 8.30pm.

Away from the earlier hustle and bustle of the market, you’ll find us just a short stroll away – opposite the Guildhall and down Northumberland Place, home to Nicholas Wylde Bath and our emporium of fabulous treasures.

We’re also open Sundays (11am-4pm) all throughout December before the big day for extra shopping time and a chance for you to soak up the Christmas ambience in town without the larger crowds present. Our Clifton shop has two dedicated parking spaces exclusively for clients, where you can book the space in advance and, following a visit to our store, can explore the other festive delights Clifton has to offer.
Our collections of unique jewellery offer all the choice you’ll need for everyone on your Christmas shopping list, with each item guaranteed to make the season shine brightly and provide a gift they will cherish forever.

These include our new collection ‘Carousel’, our festive-themed collection ‘Dazzle’ and a great selection of Silver and Pearl items that are sure to delight.
All purchases can be beautifully gift-wrapped at no extra cost.

Christmas opening hours

Monday – Friday   :   9.45am – 5.15pm
Saturday   :   9.45am – 5.30pm
Sunday (From November 20th – December 18th): 11.00am – 4.00pm
Christmas Eve & New Years’ Eve: 9.45am – 4.00pm
Closed 26th, 27th December 
Returning to normal hours 3rd Jan 2017

Create! Still time to create something magical and totally personal for that special someone...
As Christmas fast approaches, if you still haven’t decided on that special gift, don’t worry as there’s still plenty of time to commission Nicholas and his team of highly-skilled jewellery designers to create a unique bespoke item of jewellery, infused with your own ideas and intended for someone special.

Come into our stores for a relaxed chat with one of our designers and you’ll discover that we can create virtually anything you can imagine in precious metals and gems at prices to suit most budgets – from gold cat pendants to stunning opal and diamond rings.

Santa may have his ‘little helpers’ but we’re just as busy here at Nicholas Wylde, creating sumptuous and unique jewellery that’s sure to create something else…big smiles on Christmas Day! We have six full-time, highly skilled designers and setters working hard and even Nicholas himself visits our instore workshops at this time of year to pitch in creating Wylde gifts. Pictured is Giovanna, busy creating magic in our Clifton workshop.
For some wonderful ideas and examples of what Nicholas Wylde can create for you, visit and browse our bespoke selection on our website here.

And book an appointment to discuss your own ideas today.

Online! Shop from home 24/7 in comfort
We’ve taken all the stress out of Christmas shopping for you with our cutting-edge, easy to use website where you can browse and buy from the comfort of your own home and beat the crowds!

You’ll find the site a joy to use, with crystal clear image of all our gorgeous jewellery items, easy navigation allowing you to buy direct or use our Click & Collect service.

We’ve made it easy on our website – with a dedicated Christmas page highlighting just some of the fabulous jewellery items on offer.

Relax and get your festive shopping all wrapped up – the Wylde Way!

www.nicholaswylde.com
Events: ‘Colourful World of Sapphire’ talks were a sparkling success!
Our recent talks on sapphires in both our Bath and Bristol stores were a resounding success with over 200 people attending to listen, see a stunning display of rare gems of every size and colour and enjoy complimentary drinks and nibbles.

Nicholas gave entertaining and informative talks on sapphires – about their origin, history and folklore, what to watch out for when buying good quality sapphires and other general information.

Our talks are a great way of us giving something back to our valued clients and at the same time providing fascinating insights into our world of precious gemstones.

Nicholas said: “I thank everyone who attended these free popular events where I hope they enjoyed our display of amazing, rare stones of every colour and learnt something interesting about sapphires through my talks.

We officially launched our new collection ‘Carousel’ during the events, using stunning sapphires to wonderful effect, and I look forward to hosting similar events in both Bath and Bristol stores in 2017
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The next talk planned may be about the wonders of pearls, which is very fitting as pearl celebrates a 30th anniversary and next year Nicholas himself celebrates such a milestone – 30 years in business! We have many exciting plans afoot to mark this special occasion in 2017 so stay tuned.

We are open for suggestions for topics for future talks. Let us know what you would like to learn about from the fascinating world of gemstones and jewellery and how we can make these events even better. Contact david.currie@nicholaswylde.com to register your interest.
And the winner is......!

Following our incredibly popular sapphire events held in both Bath and Bristol stores recently, we have found a winner for our sapphire competition.

We had over 250 entries for the competition to win a stunning sapphire gemstone and even choose the colour and the lucky entrant drawn from the hat was Matthew who came in with his wife Amanda to talk to Nicholas about designing a dress ring to complement existing jewellery using the prize sapphire.
Matthew was delighted to have won the competition and treat his wife this way – just in time for Christmas - and now the only thing to decide upon is the colour of the gemstone.  

The selection has been narrowed down to three colours: pink, purple and blue, the ring design has been discussed and drawn out by Nicholas so the lucky couple has gone away to talk colour choice before making their final decision.

Matthew commented: “Amanda and I were delighted to have won such a lovely prize. Nicholas accurately assessed Amanda's jewellery style and sketched some fantastic ring designs. Leaving us with one, well two, dilemmas; which of the three beautiful yet very different sapphires to choose and which of the three fantastic designs from the ever creative and talented Nicholas Wylde to set it in! Thank you...!

Congratulations to them both for winning such a fabulous prize.
 
Over in Bath: Nicholas awarded for ‘above & beyond’ work for Business Against Poverty
Lucy Wylde, Val Huxley. Nicholas Wylde and Bill Huxley at the fund-raising award ceremony
Lucy Wylde, Val Huxley. Nicholas Wylde and Bill Huxley at the fund-raising award ceremony
Business Against Poverty held their annual ball recently at Bailbrook House, Bath  where all members gathered to reflect on the year just gone and set new challenges for each member to find new business’ to join the good work over the coming new year. The event raised over £15,000 for charitable causes.

The fund-raising event also recognised contributions from members over the year and Nicholas was stunned and delighted to receive the award for ‘Business Member of the Year’ in recognition for his ‘outstanding contribution to charity’.

Business against Poverty is a Business Enterprise that drives profitable, ethical and sustainable growth for the benefit of its members and society.  Its funds drive the humanitarian work of the charity People against Poverty.

CEO Val Huxley commented: “With so many generous members it was a hard call, but Nicholas’ support this year has been above and beyond and we were delighted to be able to celebrate everything that he and his team do to support our work.

Nicholas said: “I am immensely proud to receive this award and be of some contribution to the wonderful work Business Against Poverty does.

For the fund-raising event, Nicholas donated a stunning 18ct freshwater pearl & diamond pendant (value £950) for the cause. The pendant was auctioned off to raise funds for Business Against Poverty and was won by delighted couple Graham and Jane- and just in time for Jane’s birthday! 
Nicholas would like to send the call out about this wonderful local charity and urge others to join him in supporting it. As an individual, just £20 a month would make such a difference to a child’s life and as a business member; you can become a Silver, Gold or Platinum member for as little as £100 a month. 
 
Make a Child’s Life Better by supporting a local charity!
Know where your donations are going

Nicholas would be happy to talk more about his involvement and support of this worthy charity and you can find out more details here.
 
Client Story: Colourful ring reflects family love
One of the elements we really love here at Nicholas Wylde is creating unique bespoke items for clients infused with their individual stories and invested with both creativity and love.

Such an item was recently commissioned by Rosemary Swanborough - a ring originally intended as a tribute to her beloved Mother who passed away in April this year but eventually becoming a tribute to Rosemary’s whole family, with each member being represented by their birthstone.

We created a multi gemstone seven stone flower ring consisting of a central diamond and surrounded by colourful gemstones, all in 18ct rose gold rubover settings and mounted on a 18ct rose gold shank, after lengthy talks between Rosemary and India, one of our highly-skilled jewellery designers.
Rosemary takes up the story from there:

I went to Nicholas Wylde with my mind full of a collection of coloured birthstones, none of which went together; in the hope someone could make sense of my sentiment. I was introduced to the lovely Jewellery Designer India Mee, who put me at ease with a cup of tea and said "I like lots of colours" and retrieved her crayons from the drawer to start designing.

She asked me who was being represented and their birthstones and we made a list: citrine for my Mum, aquamarine for my Dad and ruby for my son.

India made some alternative suggestions for other members of my family,  we chose a deep green garnet known as a uvarovite  for my sister and a purple sapphire instead of the traditional blue for my daughter.

 My Husband's birthstone was pearl - not really becoming of him - so I chose a black diamond as he has bought me black diamond earrings and a black diamond ring (from Nicholas Wylde) in the past  which would complement the shining white diamond representing myself. 

We had the colours - but what about a design? I do not have an artistic streak within me but once again India came to the rescue. She brought out rings for me to try on to see what kind of design I would like.

We chose a very simple flower design in yellow gold with me in the centre and my family being
represented by the surrounding coloured petals.
Finally we had the design. A few weeks later I went to pick up my ring - I gasped as to how pretty it was, just perfect. 

It's a shame neither of my parents are alive to see it but I will treasure it always and will pass my ring down to my family along with its story so we can all be remembered together in this unique and exquisite piece of jewellery. My heartfelt thanks to India and Nicholas Wylde for creating this.

That’s the ‘Wylde Effect’ at work, designing beautiful items of jewellery destined to be cherished forever.
Now Available: Wylde Offers, last opportunity to buy stunning discounted items – for her &  him – just in time for Christmas!
Our current choice of Wylde Offers – four stunning items of jewellery selected by Nicholas and offered at a special 25 % off discount – runs until the end of December only, giving you an opportunity to make someone’s Christmas that extra special! With such unique jewellery items at such attractive discounts, we recommend swift action as there is only one of each Wylde Offers.

Contact the Bath store on 01225 462826, the Bristol store on 0117 974 3582 or follow the link below to our nicholaswylde.com website.
 View Wylde Offers on our website
 
BATH WYLDE OFFERS
Platinum, single stone diamond ring

The principal brilliant cut diamond weighs1.01ct and is assessed as clarity VS2, colour D.

WAS:  £15,750.00              WYLDE OFFER PRICE:   £11,800           VIEW ON WEBSITE
18ct white gold, onyx and princess cut diamond cufflinks

The 8 diamonds weigh 0.32ct in total and are assessed as clarity VS, colour H.

WAS: £3,700   WYLDE OFFER PRICE: £2,775          VIEW ON WEBSITE
 
BRISTOL WYLDE OFFERS
18ct white gold, emerald and diamond pendant

The round emerald weighs 1.80ct, together with 40 brilliant cut diamonds VS, G/H,  set into an 18ct white gold necklace weighing 83g.

WAS: £16,000               WYLDE OFFER PRICE:  £12,000          VIEW ON WEBSITE
18ct white gold, diamond encrusted pendant

The diamonds weigh 1.10ct in total and are assessed as clarity SI, colour H/I. Not including chain.

WAS: £3,995               WYLDE OFFER PRICE:  £2,996          VIEW ON WEBSITE

For full terms & conditions, visit our website.
 
Jewellery World News: Rare sapphire heads up London auction

An extremely rare 14 carat Kashmir sapphire is set to headline Bonhams’ Fine Jewellery auction in London this month.

The Kashmir sapphire single-stone ring, weighing 14.3-carats, is cushion-shaped with no indications of heating and has been estimated to sell for between £600,000 and £800,000.

Jean Ghika, head of jewellery at Bonhams UK and Europe, said Kashmir sapphires are amongst the “most highly prized gems for serious collectors”. “The mines, located high in the Himalayan mountain range in north west India, were only open for a period of approximately 30 years from the late 1880s onwards. Supplies were soon exhausted, making an example of this size a very rare specimen,” she said.
 

December birthstone: Turquoise
For those of you born in the month of December, turquoise is your birthstone.

One of the very first gemstones ever to be mined, turquoise has been long desired for its intense colour, ranging from green to sky-blue.

This colour variation depends on the quantities of iron and copper present and the most prized of all is the sky-blue turquoise from Iran.

Turquoise was introduced from Persia through Turkey. It was the national gemstone of Persia and believed to bring good luck to the wearer if the New Moon was reflected on a piece. It was also thought to be able to warn the wearer of a coming illness or danger by changing colour.

Turquoise is one of the earliest known stones to be used in jewellery. Pharaohs of early Egypt wore them and a tomb excavated in 1900 contained the mummified remains of Queen Zer, who ruled in 5500 B.C - found on her arm were four magnificent turquoise bracelets. Beads dating back to 5000 B.C. have been found in Mesopotamia (now Iraq).

There are many superstitions associated with turquoise. In the Third century, it was believed to protect its owner from falling off a horse. A change in colour revealed the infidelity of a wife. Twelfth century Arabian writings said “The turquoise shines when the air is pure and becomes pale when it is dim.” 

They also believed that its colour changed with the weather, becoming the bluest hue when the sky was clear.

Discover more about all precious gems in our ‘Wylde Guide to Gemstones’.

 
Competition Time: Match the sparklers to the celebrity & win a bottle of Nicholas Wylde champagne!
Once again, we had a great response to our competition in last month’s newsletter. Celebrities can always be relied upon to wear the most wow-worthy jewellery items and many of you have fun trying to figure out who wears what.

The correct answers from last month’s newsletter are:

1.    Kim Kardashian
2.    Mariah Carey

Congratulations to Lesley Moran who was the winner drawn from the hat with the correct answers. A £25 off Wylde voucher will be on its way to you very soon with our best compliments.

This month we‘re looking at celebrity worn earrings, so take a look and the best of luck!
1.    One of the most famous women in the world, this actress was recently in the news due to a break-up with an equally famous husband. 
2.     Literally dripping with diamonds at an Oscar ceremony, this ladies’ musical career is just as ‘Flawless’ as the cool rocks that adorn her.

Send your answers to david.currie@nicholaswylde.com and the draw will be held on December 19th to select the entry that wins the bottle of Wylde bubbly* with the winner notified just in time for Christmas!

*Winner must pick up the bottle in person from either Nicholas Wylde branch.
 
Shop Indie: Support your local shops this Christmas and receive £5 back when you spend £10 with ‘Shop Small’ Amex promotion between December 3-18
At Nicholas Wylde, we’re proud to be an independent retailer, offering the kind of personalised service and dedication the larger corporates don’t.

It’s important to support indie retailers to keep our high streets vibrant – indie retailers offer unique services and goods, pay fair taxes and adds individuality to your shopping experience.

That’s why we’re proud to be part of ‘Shop Small’ this December, a promotion organised by American Express that rewards shoppers for shopping indie.

Shop Small celebrates the big things that small business owners do every day to serve their local community.

The campaign works with – and promotes – small businesses and encourages American Express® Cardmembers to use their Card at participating locations.
Shop Small from 3 December right up to 18 December 2016 and every time you spend £10 or more on your American Express card in a single transaction at a participating small business, you'll get a £5 credit on your statement.

You’ll receive a statement credit at each participating small business, so the more you shop the more you benefit. There is no limit to the number of times you can receive your £5 statement credit – however, you can only claim it once at each small business.

To take part, simply register your Card. It only takes a moment and then you’re ready to Shop Small. You can register to enrol your Card in the offer right up until 18 December 2016 here.
Charity: Help fight poverty – Christmas online auction
People Against Poverty are holding a special Christmas online auction to raise funds for the projects they work with in Romania, Haiti, Nepal, India, Tanzania and Malaw.  To take part just bid on whichever prize you are interested in and by the end of the Auction, the highest bidder wins – it’s as simple as that! 

Prizes include bicycles and bracelets but hurry as there’s very limited time left to take part as the auctions end on December 11th.

Head over to http://www.peopleagainstpoverty.com/people-against-poverty-news/online-christmas-auction/ for all the details and make a difference to someone’s life this Christmas.

Nicholas is proud to support these charities

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