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August 2016 Newsletter

title ico Top Story: Bags, shoes, diamonds & pearls wow the crowds at our 'summer style shows'...
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During the summer month of July, we brought the fabulous to town with very special events showcasing a collection of stunning vintage collectable designer handbags, gorgeous hand-made shoes and, of course, dazzling diamonds!

Nicholas gathered together all these elements that ladies love for week-long exhibitions at both our Bath and Bristol branches and many customers came along to enjoy a feast for the eyes along with a complimentary glass of bubbly and a scrummy chocolate. The colourful ensemble of vintage collectable handbags included a bag used in the movie 'Sex in the City' and the display of coloured diamonds complimented it perfectly.

To all the Shoeaholics Diamondaholics, Bagaholics, Chocoholics (yes, these are real words!) and connoisseurs of fine wine a big thank you for visiting our Bath & Bristol shops & making our event so much fun.

A big thank you also to our event partners Chanii B Shoes , Great Western Wines, Charlotte Brunswick Chocolates, & Luxdlux Vintage Bags.

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title ico ...and pearls come out to shine for charity
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Supporting the children's charity Dreamflight, Nicholas attended a special Pearl Ball auction at the Dorchester in London recently and offered two wonderful items for the auction, including a gorgeous pearl necklace complete with a Wylde Flower Diamond® and a value of £2,000!

Overall, the event raised a superb £55,000 for the charity and the lucky winner of the Wylde Flower Diamond® pearl necklace was Mrs Debbie Cassells Smith, who said: "I just love it - it's a sensational piece of jewellery!" Nicholas was very pleased that his Wylde Flower Diamond® necklace raised good money for the charity and will be worn by someone who loves beautiful jewellery.

Also at the event and also raising funds, guests were invited to guess the number of pearls in a glass and Mr Aidan Healey emerged the winner with his super-close guess of 750 (there were 754 pearls in the glass).

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And would you Adam and Eve it? Nicholas also met the Pearly Queen and King of Mile End & Highgate during the Pearl Ball, Mr & Mrs John and Peggy Scott.
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The tradition of Pearly Kings and Queens can be traced back to 1875 and one man: Henry Croft (1862 to 1930). Henry was raised in a Victorian workhouse orphanage which he left aged 13 to become a road sweeper and rat catcher.

He felt at home with the Costermongers (apple sellers) in their “flash boy outfits,” on the stalls in the markets. The clothes the Costers wore were decorated with a row of pearl buttons each the size of a penny down the outside leg seam of their trousers from the ankle to the knee, the pocket flaps on their waistcoats and the front of their caps would be decorated in a similar fashion.

Henry was fascinated by the costers suits and decided to go one step further and decorated a whole suit which was top hat and tails in pearl buttons, Henry became a great attraction wherever he went and collected pennies and halfpennies to help the orphanage where he was raised to help the children there. Henry’s lifetime of charity work had begun. Many Pearly Kings and Queens have carried on this tradition ever since.
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Dreamflight is a registered UK charity that changes young lives through taking children with a serious illness or disability on the holiday of a lifetime.

Once a year, 192 deserving children from all over the UK, accompanied by a team of medical carers, board a chartered Boeing 747 and head to Florida to spend 10 magical days of fun and excitement. Many children could not undertake such a trip without the support of the army of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and non-medical volunteers who care for the children 24 hours a day.

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title ico Client Story: Transatlantic romance receives help with the ‘Wylde Effect’
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A young couple recently walked on the ‘Wylde’ side, commissioning an engagement ring from us, symbolizing a romance that flourished in a transatlantic fashion.

David from the UK and Rebecca from San Francisco, USA were simply delighted with the results and David commented: "I was very pleased with the whole design process with our ring. My partner gave me ideas, we sat down and talked, came up with a few concepts, as time went on my partner liked more and more different style rings from simple traditional styled solitaires to Black hills gold rings with very fancy metal work!

After one more brainstorming session, we fell in love with the idea of having amethysts in the ring and settled for three amethysts with four small diamonds to catch the light, with a leafy metal work to compliment the sides of the ring, along with Claudia's brilliant idea to add flower petals from the Wylde flower range as the setting base.

After seeing the finished molded ring and its base in palladium, it was stunning to behold! On the Friday I came to collect and surprise my partner, after work. We saw the finished product and it took our breath away - it was a stunning piece! It’s truly one of a kind. Claudia's designs and the brilliance of the workshop team truly shine in this ring.

I hope others will follow suit and make a dream ring of their own, because at Nicholas Wylde, they will be very pleased with what can be achieved!  Many thanks to all involved for making our dream ring come true."
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title ico And enduring love also shines....
It’s also hearty congratulations to Mr & Mrs Starr...

They recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary and marked the occasion with the help of a little ‘Wylde magic!

They commissioned a gorgeous diamond three stone ring consisting of a central purple sapphire with a diamond either side, all in 18ct white gold rubover settings and mounted on a plain 18ct white gold shank.

Mr Starr said: “We’re so happy with the result and received the best service possible from Nicholas and his team.”
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title ico Now in Stock 1: Creatures on the loose! Three new characters added to our ‘Wild’ range...
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By air, land and sea, three new wildlife motif pendants are being unleashed this month expanding our popular ‘Wild’ range.

The range currently consists of gold and silver pendants in beautifully stylised images of Duck, Hare, Sea Lion, Swan and Puffin but we’re increasing our ‘Wylde’ family with three brand new designs.

So it’s welcome to Butterfly, Cat and Dolphin making our animal kingdom a little more diverse and making their debuts by popular demand.

Watch out for a very special competition, where you could win each of the new designs next month!

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title ico Now in Stock 2: Jewellery designed to save lives
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Recognised internationally by the emergency services, SOS Talisman is an attractive range of jewellery that comes in many styles – but with an important job to do. It instantly provides vital information about the wearer in case of an accident, illness or emergency.

It can contain whatever information you wish. Who you are.  Who to notify in an emergency. What allergies you may have. Your blood group. Whether you’re taking any medication. Are you a diabetic, heart patient or pregnant?

It’s all detailed on a unique information strip of non-soluble  paper that’s securely contained in the SOS Talisman capsule, which is both water-tight and heat resistant, yet easily accessible in an emergency.

There are many styles of SOS Talisman to suit all tastes and budgets. Once you’ve chosen the one for you, in no time at all, you’ll want to wear it at all times. Safe in the knowledge that you’re protected by SOS Talisman.

Ask at either Bath or Bristol branches of Nicholas Wylde about these life-saving jewellery items...
title ico Jewellery News: Flawless pear-shaped diamond revealed...
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Graff Diamonds has unveiled the Graff Vendome, an exceptional 105.07 carat D flawless pear-shaped diamond.

The stone, which has been named in celebration of Graff’s new store on prestigious Place Vendome in Paris, was discovered in the Kingdom of Lesotho as a 314 carat rough named The Destiny.
title ico Over in Bristol: The sky’s the limit for Bristol’s annual Balloon Festival
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Bristol plays host to its annual Balloon Festival on August 11th – 14th, offering free family fun over four days in what has become Europe’s largest Ballooning event, now in its 38th year.

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta attracts over 500,000 spectators gathering to enjoy well over 100 hot air balloons ascending to the skies in colourful displays and with innovative designs.

In celebration, our very own ‘Wylde’ balloon has made a special appearance in the window of our Bristol store.
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The gorgeous item is fashioned from 18ct white gold and encrusted with 24 brilliant cut diamonds around the balloon itself and on the basket.  The ‘Wylde Balloon’ can currently be seen on display in the Bristol store and is looking for a prospective new owner to fly the friendly skies with! So if this beautiful object of jewellery art pushes your balloon, get in touch with the Bristol branch before someone else takes it for a test flight. And remember, we have dedicated parking spaces available at our Bristol store in the fashionable Clifton district – just call ahead of your visit to reserve a space. 01179 743582 or email Bristol@nicholaswylde.com
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title ico August birthstones: Peridot & sardonyx
“Wear a sardonyx or for thee, No conjugal felicity;
The August-born without this stone,
`Tis said, must live unloved and lone.”
— Gregorian birthstone poem

For those of you born in the summer month of August, there are two gemstones to mark your month, peridot and sardonyx.
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Peridot is one of a few gemstones that exist in only one colour, a distinctive lime green that sometimes finds the gem mistaken for emeralds.

It’s named after the French word peritot, meaning gold, because the mineral can vary towards this colour. Peridot has a very long written history. Ancient papyri record the mining of these stones as early as 1500 BC. The main source of peridot in the ancient world was Topazo Island (now Zabargad or St. John’s Island) in the Egyptian Red Sea. In Ancient times, peridot stones were used for carved talismans. Island habitants were forced to collect the gems for the Pharaoh’s treasury. Peridot is sill the National gem of Egypt. Ancient Egyptians knew it as “the gem of the sun.” Sardonyx is a relatively common and inexpensive gemstone. It was a favourite in ancient times, popular not only because it was attractive, but also because it was widely available.

Roman soldiers wore sardonyx talismans (objects bearing a sign of astrological influence to guard from evil and bring good fortune) engraved with heroes such as Hercules or Mars, god of war. They believed that the stone would make the wearer as brave as the figure carved on it. During the Renaissance, sardonyx was believed to bring eloquence upon the wearer and was regarded with great value by public speakers and orators.
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title ico Gem Folklore # 4 - The tears of warrior women - Native America
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"Apache tears" is the popular term for rounded pebbles of obsidian or "obsidianites" composed of black or dark-coloured natural volcanic glass. The black stones received this name due to a Native American legend...

In Arizona in the 1870s, the Apaches had made several raids on one particular settlement. After these raids, the military and some volunteers banded together and followed the tracks of the stolen cattle back to where the Apaches lived. At dawn, they attacked. The Apaches were completely surprised and outnumbered in the attack. About two-thirds of the Apache warriors were killed by the first volley of shots and the rest of them retreated.

As they were almost completely surrounded, the only place for them to go was to the edge of a cliff. Rather than die at the hands of a white man, these last warriors chose death by leaping over the cliff's edge. The apache women of those who had died gathered at the base of the cliff, and for a moon they wept for their dead. They mourned, not only because their warriors had all died, but also because the fighting spirit of the Apaches had died with them. Their sadness was so great that the Great Spirit encased the tears of the Apache women into black stones we now call apache tears.
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