Nicholas Wylde June Newsletter
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June 2017 Newsletter

Top Story: The game is officially afoot! Hunt down our jewelled treasures NOW to win a stunning £10k prize package!
The summer is just around the corner and our spectacular Wylde Treasure Hunt is now officially live!
 

What does this mean?


It means that all 7 jewelled treasures are now in place in their ultra-secret locations and ready to be tracked down by you.  You should have received clues to each location to help you solve the puzzles. (If you haven’t already got the clues, you’ll need to register first at wyldetreasure.nicholaswylde.com to receive them) The hunt runs from June 1st to August 31st so you have plenty of time to complete the trail around the city centre of beautiful Bath.

Hunt down the jewelled treasures and collect the stone weights of each treasure (clearly visible at each location), add all 7 numbers up to reach one total number and send this number in with your final entry.
Then you’ll be in with a chance to win the fabulous £10k prize package including a Wylde Flower Diamond ® (with a £5,000 value!) and a luxury stay at the Gainsborough Hotel & Spa along with much, much more!

You’ll also find a full list of prizes and terms & conditions at wyldetreasure.nicholaswylde.com
The Wylde Treasure Hunt is made possible by the kind support of many independent retailers of Bath.

Here’s a selection of just some of them to remind you all to shop local and support the indies! We’ll tell you about more partners each month during the Hunt.
 

Sponsors Spotlight

The Victoria Art Gallery 


The Victoria Art Gallery is the public art museum in Bath. It’s run by Bath & North East Somerset Council and houses its collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts. The Gallery is opposite the world-famous Pulteney Bridge at the bottom end of Bridge Street.

The building was designed in 1897 by John McKean Brydon and has been designated as a Grade II listed building. The Gallery was named to celebrate Queen Victoria’s 60 years on the throne and includes over 1,500 arts treasures by such renowned British artists as Thomas Gainsborough and Walter Sickert from the 17th century to the present day.

The Gallery also runs many modern day temporary exhibitions from such names as Grayson Perry and is currently running the highly popular Bath Society of Artists Annual Exhibition allowing artists from the region to submit their work.
 
www.victoriagal.org.uk

Pitch 26


Robert Kann is a fully qualified architect and an enthusiastic illustrator who has turned both of these passions into creating distinctive cityscape pictures of major UK cities.

He has lived in Bath for the past 6 years and this World Heritage city has served as the inspiration for all of his current work which is proudly displayed in the Pitch 26 gallery in Church Street, Bath.

Crack the clues and enter the Hunt and you could win a limited edition, framed large print of a Bath city scene from Pitch 26 – a £90 value!

www.pitch26.com
 

Kathryn Anthony


Kathryn Anthony believes that to feel your best, it’s important to get expert advice along with a choice of eyewear that will enhance your appearance.

Whether you’re looking for glasses, sunglasses or contact lenses, their small, friendly team offers you a truly bespoke service. You’ll enjoy exceptional eye care and the widest possible choice of beautiful designer frames and access to the most technologically advanced products on the market.
They’re also the first independent optician in the city of Bath to use OCT technology, a highly effective method of diagnosing serious eye conditions.

Pop in and visit their Pierrepont Street practice, they’re always happy to chat to you about your needs before you book an appointment.

Win our treasure hunt and you’ll receive an instore voucher to spend with a stunning £250 value! 

http://kathrynanthony.co.uk/
 

The Bath Hat Company


Situated in Walcot Street, The Bath Hat Company is brimming with colour and stocks a huge selection of contemporary hat designs along with a hint of vintage and a touch of the outrageous, all beautifully crafted.

Solve the hunt and emerge the winner and you’ll receive a £100 voucher to spend instore on a ladies or gentlemen’s hat!

www.thebathhatcompany.com/home.html
 

Courtyard Carriages


A family run business providing elite carriage hire throughout the South of England, Courtyard Carriages have been supplying horse drawn transport to the public since the mid seventies, providing both horses and staff for weddings, school proms, corporate entertainment, film work and horsing the Lord Mayor of Bristol’s coach on ceremonial occasions. They are the holder of a hackney carriage licence available for horse drawn tours of the City of Bath.

Their team of elegant Dutch carriage horses are all perfectly matched and turned out to the highest standard.

Emerge victorious in our Treasure Hunt and you’ll win a special champagne horse-drawn ride for two around the city centre of Bath – a value of £110!

www.courtyardcarriages.com

Divine Divas Photography Studio


Specialising in glamorous photo sessions designed to boost self-confidence and prove that ‘all women are beautiful and just need to be shown’.

Divine Divas believes that boudoir photography is a fantastic way to celebrate the beauty of the female form tastefully and with class!

In their Bath studio, they encourage anyone who wants to feel beautiful to come to them for a pampering make-up and photo session and unleash their inner diva!

Win the hunt and you’ll be treated to a 1 hour make-up and hair styling followed by a 1.5-2 hour photo session. The prize includes a 10” x 7” mounted print – a total value of £200!

Spirit/Divine Divas

Clandar


Clandar excel at designing and making their own ranges of British tweed clothing - all manufactured by them exclusively for their shop in Bath on Cheap Street and online through their website.

They source all their tweed directly from historic British tweed mills, including House tweeds that have been designed and woven exclusively for them ... and unavailable anywhere else in the world.  
British heritage, British expertise and modern wearable designs combine to allow Clandar to offer pieces of the highest quality that make their customers look and feel very special.      

Also available are Scottish cashmere and British woollens.  Win the hunt and you'll be able to choose a pure merino lambswool scarf from their range - at a value of £39!

www.clandar.co.uk

Partners Previously Covered:


Sally Lunn’s    Bath Balloons    Charlotte Brunswick   Gabucci menswear
Gainsborough Hotel & Spa    Chanii B Shoes   Chauffeur Travel
Grace & Ted   Moss of Bath   Thermae Bath Spa
Making a splash: Facebook competition winner delighted at Thermae Spa prize
In anticipation of our Wylde Treasure Hunt, we’re also running competitions on our social media platforms, giving even more chances to win fabulous prizes.  Our latest one, to win a limited edition framed print of a Bath city-scene and a hardcover book on Bath, is currently running on our Twitter feed – hurry over there to enter, as the competition ends on June 16th!

Our recent campaign on Facebook to win a Spa session for two, including meal and drinks, at Bath’s Thermae Spa attracted over 400 entries and the delighted winner recently visited our Bath shop to collect the prize voucher.

Diane Tandy came instore wearing her Wylde Flower Diamond ® pendant and earring set which was purchased when the unique diamond cut was originally launched. Diane commented: “I remember when Nicholas first introduced this diamond in 2012 to celebrate his 25th anniversary and it coincided with our 25th wedding anniversary. It was so special and I was among the first to purchase a set of earrings and pendant of this beautiful gem.
“We were absolutely amazed to win this prize and I let out a shout of delight when I read the email informing us of the win. Last year was a rough one for myself and husband Tim, with illness and the loss of his mother. But things are changing and becoming much more positive with this wonderful prize continuing this trend. 

I can’t wait to also play the Treasure Hunt and will perhaps plan 
a visit to Thermae Bath Spa following a day in the city on the hunt!"

Connect with our Twitter and Instagram accounts to be up to date on all our news and the next pre-hunt competitions and discover more about the Wylde Flower Diamond ® here.
 
Queen of the Wylde: ‘Strike a pose’ but hurry, our search ends June 30th
We’re currently running an exciting search to find the ‘face of Nicholas Wylde’ with the successful candidate appearing as the model for our new brochure presenting our unique and beautiful jewellery to the world. 

But if you want to take part  it’s best to act quickly as the promotion only runs until the end of June with the photo shoot taking place sometime in July.

We’re looking for a fabulous female (above the age of 20) and the winning entry will become our Queen of the Wylde for one year, appearing in photo shoots for the new brochure and subsequent advertisements, wearing our jewellery. 

To enter, simply head over to https://nicholaswylde.wishpond.com/wyldequeen/

Upload a photo of yourself, along with your details and answer ‘Why you would like to be ‘Queen of the Wylde’ and confirm your availability for a photo shoot in Bath on a date to be agreed in July 2017.

The invitation to participate is open to all ladies who love to wear jewellery – you could be an aspiring model with a view to furthering this as a career, a stay-at-home mum, business owner, office worker or even a fire-fighter! The main criteria is a love of sparkly things and an element of showmanship to be happy being photographed wearing our sumptuous jewellery. You don’t need to have previous modelling experience to enter and we are looking for entries from all age groups above 20. 
 
The winner of the search will be treated to a bed and breakfast overnight stay in Bath, a choice of a piece of Nicholas Wylde jewellery worth £500 and a personal photo shoot with prints.

Successful entrants from the first round will make a shortlist of 6 candidates who will then be invited to submit a second photo and further details.

Nicholas himself will choose the overall winner who will be crowned our ‘Queen of the Wylde’ from the final 6.

It’s an exciting opportunity and the successful applicant will be assured of great exposure promoting a trusted, high end brand and our unique jewellery.
Now Available: Latest Wylde Offers
Our latest selection of  ‘Wylde Offers’ - four fabulous items of jewellery selected by Nicholas and offered at a special 25 % off discount – runs until July 1st only.

You can make savings while still experiencing the ‘Wylde Effect. But with such attractive discounts, it’s best to be swift as its first come first served on all only-one-of-each Wylde offers. Contact the Bath store on 01225 462826, the Bristol store on 0117 974 3582 or through our website www.nicholaswylde.com today!

View Wylde Offers on our website
 
BATH WYLDE OFFERS
18ct white gold, diamond ring 

The brilliant cut diamond weighs 0.25ct and is assessed as clarity VS, colour G/H. Total weight 5.1grams.

WAS: £1,365   WYLDE OFFER PRICE: £1,025         VIEW ON WEBSITE 

18ct yellow gold, fancy cut pink tourmaline drop earrings

The total weight is 6.9 grams.

WAS: £2,445   WYLDE OFFER PRICE: £1,835         VIEW ON WEBSITE
 
BRISTOL WYLDE OFFERS
18ct yellow gold, boulder opal & diamond two stone pendant

The opal weighs 15.27ct and the brilliant diamond weighs 0.25ct and is assessed as clarity VS, colour G/H.  Total weight is 12.8 grams. 

WAS: £2,225    WYLDE OFFER PRICE:  £1,665          VIEW ON WEBSITE

18ct yellow gold, triangular opal drop earrings

The triangle opals measure 13 mm x 10mm each. Total weight is 11.5 grams. 

WAS: £2,000    WYLDE OFFER PRICE:  £1,500         VIEW ON WEBSITE
 
Over in Bristol: Celtic style torque necklace that’s 30 years in the making!
 9ct Yellow Gold Celtic Style twisted wire Torque Necklace 

Our Clifton store (recently awarded ‘Best Retailer’ by Bristol Life magazine in their very first awards ceremony) recently played its part in a romantic tale that was 30 years in the planning!

Mr & Mrs C of Bristol came into the store to commission a special piece of jewellery intended to reflect three decades of togetherness and coming full circle from an original gift of love. Mr C said:  “Having bought a replica copper Celtic torque bangle from the British Museum for my wife when I was a student, I later had it made into gold, which she still wears almost every day.

30 years later, after researching 20 jewellers across the UK, from Birmingham and London to Wales with a view to creating a complimentary necklace, I settled on giving Nicholas Wylde the job. I did so because of his obvious commitment to his craft and the dedicated enthusiasm of his staff. It was a big decision, but it was the right one. I could not be more delighted with the exquisite workmanship of the end product and my wife is simply overjoyed. Thank you.”

Nicholas Wylde Bristol is located at No 6 The Mall and we have designated parking spaces to offer customers who wish to make an appointment with a member of our Bristol team. Please call in advance to book a parking space and on arrival, please collect a fob from the shop to allow you to open the electronic gate. 0117 974 3582

Read all about our many services here.
Old to New: ‘Modern with sentimental value’
If you have a collection of worn but well-loved items of jewellery, here at Nicholas Wylde we specialise in breathing new life into your sentimental past, to create a brand-new piece of jewellery for today and the future.

A great example of this is the work we recently did in our Bath shop for Helen, resulting in a gorgeous diamond and ruby multi-stone dress ring.  It consists of brown diamonds and rubies in 9ct yellow gold rubover settings randomly set amongst a 9ct yellow gold multi-strand design band with three 9ct white gold sections each with a diamond in a white gold rubover setting and smaller diamonds in grain settings. 

Helen’s story:  “I had a lovely selection of rings, both old and new, either given to me as gifts, or handed down through my family, all sitting in my jewellery box, unworn.  On recommendation of a friend, I approached Nicholas Wylde to see if they could help with creating one new ring out of my old ones.  There were specific rings I wished to use, two from my great grandmother and two from my husband, all holding sentimental value and I was determined that the stones from these items were included in any new one.  There was also a pair of 1970s large gold hoop earrings that my mum had given me, but was out of style now and had lost their engraved pattern.

India at Nicholas Wylde contacted me immediately, with an invite to come in with my items, to discuss options.  This I did and we sat and looked at different designs and discussed the style of ring I wanted.  She quickly went to work on designs, advising which stones would complement the other, and we finally agreed on one design, 
utilizing several of the items I took with me, but not all.  India sent me the design for final approval and advised that in five weeks time my brand new ring would be available for collection.
India, one of our skilled jewellery designers in our Bath shop, and her original design sheet
I have never had anything personally designed for me before, and to start with a piece of jewellery as stunning as this new ring designed and produced by India and the goldsmiths at Nicholas Wylde, has just been wonderful.  I am so pleased with the finished item.  It is everything I wanted: modern but with the sentimental value.

So, if you are wondering what to do with your old items of jewellery - don’t sell them, have them recreated into something wonderful that you can wear and cherish.  Nicholas Wylde can do that for you!”

Read about our Old to New services here.
Competition winner: Prize ring hits the target for Valentine winner!
The lucky winner of our Wylde at Heart Valentine competition returned to the Bath store recently to collect the special bespoke ring we made for her as part of the prize package.

Designed to reflect the iconic ‘mod target’ symbol of the 1960s, Diane was thrilled with the result and commented:

“I was a bit nervous about winning such a fantastic prize as I have never owned a piece of valuable jewellery before, let alone had a bespoke piece made especially for me.

However, Nicholas soon put me at ease and offered to show me some pieces already made from the shop. Jewellery designer Jo and I discussed birthstones, gold tones, ring shapes and sizes and once I had some ideas she was drawing out the planned ring and designing it right there before me! Clearly she had a good listening ear and she started to build a picture of me and my lifestyle, and she knew what type of ring I would like.

Nicholas came back to discuss the settings, gold tones etc and even though time seemed to go quickly as we were so absorbed, I realised that they had spent a long time with me ensuring everything was just right.

After a few weeks, and with mounting excitement, I went to collect my ring. Oh my goodness, what an experience! Nicholas presented me with a beautiful box, which was tied with ribbon and he slowly opened it up to reveal the most beautiful, exquisite piece of glittering shiny jewellery I’ve ever seen. The colours in the ruby, and blue topaz and the glittering diamonds were amazing.

Left: A ruby, diamond and topaz cluster ring consisting of a central ruby in a yellow gold rubover setting surrounded by diamonds and an outer circle of blue topaz all in white gold grain settings and mounted on a 18ct yellow gold shank. Right: The iconic ‘mod target’ symbol of the 1960s.

It is a delicate yet very ornate and pretty piece of artwork that is designed to represent not only my family birthstones, but also my lifestyle, and I shall wear it daily, not just for special occasions.

I cannot thank Nicholas enough, not only for the wonderful prize but also for making me feel so special and for treating me and my partner as if we had been friends with him for years. It is clear to see that this lovely man has made such a successful business not only from the skilled jewellery he and his staff present but also from the wonderful way he is with people and the
kind heartedness he shows to everyone around him.”
Star of the Month: Bi-coloured tourmaline & diamond ring heralds the colours of summer!
This fabulous 18ct white gold, bi-coloured watermelon tourmaline & diamond ring is our spotlighted Star of the Month for the summer month of June.

The baguette cut bi-coloured tourmaline weighs 8.84ct and the brilliant cut diamonds weigh 0.47ct in total and are assessed as clarity VS, colour G, exclusive to Nicholas Wylde.

Bi-colour tourmaline gemstones occur in a number of colour combinations and show multiple colour zones throughout the crystal. Bi-colour tourmalines are highly prized when the colour zoning is well defined and the colours are vivid – as seen in the very defined colour division in this stunning ring. 

Some of the finest bi-colour tourmaline comes from the Pederneira Mine in Minas Gerais, Brazil but it’s also mined in Nigeria, Madagascar and Afghanistan. 

Our June ‘Star of the Month’ is currently proudly on display in our Bath shop window.

Contact our Bath shop on 01225 462826 if you’d like to give our ‘Star’ a new loving home and for more details view on our website.
June birthstone: Pearl, Moonstone & Alexandrite
18ct yellow gold, freshwater cultured pearl & diamond set hook drop earrings, D: 0.04ct

9ct yellow gold, moonstone dress ring. Bespoke item to inspire you


June has no less than three traditional birthstones – pearl, moonstone, and Alexandrite.
 

Pearl


Pearls, according to Indian mythology, were dewdrops from heaven that fell into the sea. 
Unlike most gemstones that are found with the Earth, pearls have an organic origin: they are created when a very small fragment of rock, sand grain or parasite enters an oyster or clam. It irritates the mollusc, which responds by coating the foreign material with layer upon layer of shell material. 

Pearls formed on the inside of the shell are usually irregular in shape and have little commercial value. However, those formed within the tissue of the mollusc are either spherical or pear-shaped and are highly valued.

The colour of the pearl depends on the species of mollusc that produced it and also on its environment. Most common is white, but they also come in delicate shades of black, cream, grey, blue, yellow, lavender, green and mauve. 

In keeping with our own 30th anniversary this year, pearl is the gemstone associated with a 30th wedding anniversary.
 

Moonstone


June’s second birthstone is moonstone.  Moonstones are believed to be named for the bluish white spots within them: When the stone is moved back and forth, silvery rays glint like moonbeams over water.

This gemstone belongs to the family of minerals called  feldspars, an important group of silicate minerals commonly formed in rocks. About half the Earth’s crust is composed of feldspar. 

The ancient Roman natural historian, Pliny, said that the moonstone changed in appearance with the phases of the moon, a belief that persisted until the sixteenth century. The ancient Romans also believed that the image of Diana, goddess of the moon, was enclosed within it.

Moonstones were believed to have the power to bring victory, health and wisdom to those who wore it.
 

Alexandrite


June’s third birthstone is Alexandrite - an uncommon stone, and therefore very expensive.
The stone is named after Prince Alexander of Russia, who was to later become Czar Alexander II.

Discovered in 1839 on the day of the prince’s birthday, Alexandrite was found in an emerald mine in the Ural Mountains of Russia.

Because it is a relatively recent discovery, there has been little time for myth and superstition to build around this unusual stone. In Russia, the stone was also popular because it reflected the Russian national colours, green and red, and was believed to bring good luck.

Alexandrite possesses an unusual characteristic:  in daylight it appears as a beautiful green, sometimes with a bluish cast or with a brownish tint. However, under artificial lighting, the stone turns reddish-violet or violet.

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