Nicholas Wylde September Newsletter
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September 2016 Newsletter

Top Story: Sapphires of every colour on show for our upcoming store events
‘The Colourful World of Sapphire’
Bristol November 8th & 9th       Bath November 10th & 11th

Following the success and popularity of last years’ Opal Events, we’re delighted to announce that booking is now open for our new in-store events celebrating the timeless beauty of one of the most precious gems of all – sapphire.

These special free events, designed to be educational as well as entertaining, will see an abundance of stunning sapphires on display of every imaginable colour, including star sapphires and their glorious natural designs.

You’ll be able to hear talks on their history, folklore and about some of the most famous sapphires in history. You’ll never see so many gorgeous sapphires collected together in one place. It’s also a great opportunity for you to select and buy your own precious gem for that perfect jewellery item – just in time for Christmas! These events are designed to be small, intimate gatherings to ensure everyone is royally looked after.

The dates are November 8th and 9th in the Bristol store and November 10th and 11th in the Bath store. There will be two events organised each day – an afternoon one that runs from 3pm to 5pm and an early evening one from 7pm to 9pm 

As well as a wonderful display of sumptuous sapphires, you can bring along your own gem to get care and cleaning tips, and receive a free verbal valuation as you enjoy afternoon tea, cake and nibbles in the day and canapés and a glass of bubbly in the evening! 

There will also be news about the brand new collection that Nicholas is planning to launch for Christmas 2016 - and you can be sure that many of the magnificent sapphires seen at the events will be utilised within this exciting new collection.

All November sapphire events are completely free and if you wish to reserve a place please contact and specify which store (Bath or Bristol) and time of day (afternoon or early evening) that would suit.

Sapphire is also the birthstone for the month of September and you can read a little more about the precious gem at the end of this newsletter.
 View our Sapphire collection
Now Available: Introducing our new WYLDE OFFER!
We’re beginning an exciting new promotion in September, offering four exquisite items of jewellery selected by Nicholas at a discounted price – but for a limited time only!

It’s a great way of making savings while still experiencing the ‘Wylde Effect’ but with such attractive discounts it’s best to act quickly 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 today!

 Our Wylde Offers for this month are:
18ct white gold, sapphire & diamond dress ring

The ring has a central sapphire that is an oval cabochon cut, it is surrounded by pave set diamonds totalling 1.50ct.

WAS: £6,150.00               WYLDE OFFER PRICE:  £4,500
Platinum, diamond solitaire ring

The Diamond is a 1.00ct round brilliant cut, certificated I/VS1

WAS: £10,750    WYLDE OFFER PRICE: £7,995
18ct yellow/ white gold, diamond square cut ring

The ring has a central square cut diamond with two diamond-set bezels, principal diamond weighs 0.82ct VS G/H, diamond bezels totalling 0.08ct VS G/H

WAS: £7,775.00               WYLDE OFFER PRICE:  £5,800
18ct yellow gold, yellow and white diamond ring

A diamond three stone rub over set ring, principal yellow diamond weighs 0.72ct and the two white diamonds total 0.40ct

WAS: £4, 090.00               WYLDE OFFER PRICE:  £3,060

For full terms & conditions, visit our website.
Read all about it! Our new window display to be unveiled in September...
As September arrives, we’ll be unveiling our exciting new window display in our Bath store.
We’re keeping all the details under wraps for the moment as we don’t want to spoil the ‘big reveal’ but we can say that this season’s display will have a literary theme and will certainly appeal to both jewellery and book lovers out there!

Nicholas’ sister, Corrinda, is our award-winning window designer and her inspired creativity has ensured that our window displays are always vibrant, colourful and eye-catching. We appreciate how important our window presentation is as it offers a vital first impression that’s so important to successful business – even if you’ve been operating for nearly 30 years!

So watch this space - on our Facebook page and website - for the new window display very soon and see why Nicholas is truly the ‘Lord of the Rings’!

 Visit Nicholas Wylde on Facebook
Client Story: ‘Outstanding examples of modern jewellery’ make loyal customer sparkle!
It’s always a delight for Nicholas and his team to welcome back a valued customer and add to their collection of Wylde jewellery with new commissions.

Previous meetings and work undertaken allow us to understand and appreciate the individual’s particular tastes and desires; enabling the cherished items we produce to be absolutely perfect for that person.
Great examples of this are two fabulous creations that were recently produced for Mrs Priscilla Bishop, a customer that has been receiving the ‘Wylde Effect’ for 25 years!

Priscilla commissioned a ruby, sapphire and diamond set dress ring in the form of a concave dish head of 18ct yellow gold with graduated round cut stones bezel set and spilling out of the dish.

To compliment this ring were a pair of ruby, sapphire and diamond drop earrings each consisting of a 18ct yellow gold circular concave disc with a central round brilliant cut diamond, attached to a middle wave bar section with an array of multi-coloured gemstones set either side of the bar with a larger concaved cut out disc suspended at the base. 

The final results on both creations were certainly spectacular as Priscilla agreed...
Priscilla commented: “Nicholas' commissioned designs for me over the last 25 years have always been what, to me, is the finest of creative art. His style is modern yet timeless. 

These particular earrings and ring were original designs inspired by the Phoenix collection and developed to suit my own taste and personality. Nicholas' attention to detail in his drawings and then the selection of the stones, coupled with the exquisite workmanship of the maker, means that the finished articles are always outstanding examples of modern jewellery. 

And no one paid me to say that either (laughs)! I have always felt that these pieces properly belong in museum cabinets once I am no longer here to wear them.”

Over in Bristol: Welcome Giovanna to our Bristol team – from Venice to Clifton...

It’s welcome aboard to Giovanna, who has officially joined the staff at Nicholas Wylde Bristol as one of our highly skilled Jewellery Designers.

Giovanna says: "I studied Fashion Design at Venice University and specialised in accessories. My interest in English culture and my adventurous nature brought me to England, where I started to train as a goldsmith.

I have always enjoyed creating handmade accessories and in jewellery making, I realised my real passion. After working for other jewellers for a few years I decided I wanted to move up and do the real thing and create truly unique bespoke jewellery.

At Nicholas Wylde, I can say that I have really found my feet and cannot wait to see what our clients will challenge me with."

... and Wylde customers also shine at the newly-opened Clifton Ivy brassiere
Three of Nicholas’ wonderful customers from London recently enjoyed a day out in Bristol at the newly-opened ‪#TheIvyClifton brassiere, just opposite our Clifton store.

The ladies enjoyed an amazing meal at the famous eatery, after collecting items of stunning jewellery that Nicholas had designed for them. They were even able to avail themselves of the two dedicated free parking spaces we have available to clients, making a memorable day sparkle even more!
 Visit The Ivy Clifton Website
September birthstone: Sapphire
"A maiden born when autumn leaves 
Are rustling in September's breeze,
A Sapphire on her brow should bind;
To bring her joy and peace of mind."

— Gregorian birthstone poem

For those of you born in the summer month of September, sapphire is your birthstone.
Typically, sapphires appear as blue stones, ranging from very pale blue to deep indigo, due to the presence of small amounts of titanium and iron within the crystal structure. The most valued shade of blue is the medium-deep cornflower blue. Sapphires also occur in other natural colours and tints – gray, yellow, pale pink, orange, green, violet and brown – called fancy sapphires. These different colours are caused by different kinds of impurities within the crystal.

The biggest source of sapphires world-wide is Australia, especially New South Wales and Queensland. Found in alluvial deposits of weathered basalt, Australian sapphires typically are blue stones with a dark and inky appearance. Kashmir, in India, used to be a well-known source of the cornflower-blue stones. In the United States, a major source is the Yogo Gulch Mine in Montana that mostly yields small stones for industrial use. 

The word sapphire has its roots in several ancient languages: the Arabic safir, the Latin sapphirus (meaning blue), and the Greek word sappheiros for the island of Sappherine in the Arabian Sea where sapphires were found in ancient Grecian times. Ancient Persians called sapphire the “Celestial Stone.” It was the gem of Apollo, Greek God of prophesy and was worn by worshipers visiting his shrine in Delphi to seek his help. It was used by ancient Etruscans as far back as the 7th century B.C.

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Gem Folklore # 5 Emperor Nero & his emerald sunglasses – Roman Italy
It is historically noted that Nero, emperor of Rome from 54-68 AD, used an emerald to watch the gladiator games. It is debated what intended use this emerald had, however. 
Vague referrals to the emerald use and Nero’s eye condition have led people to believe that the emerald could have been hollowed out, which acted as a concave lens to fix Nero’s possible extreme myopia (nearsightedness, or short-sightedness). Other people seem to think the emerald was polished so as to act like a mirror. 

The emerald was considered to have beneficial properties to sight just by viewing the stone itself, so some people argue that he simply used the stone as the mirror to garner the properties attributed to the stone, and that the stone did not truly fix his faulty distance viewing. The idea the stone had magical properties is also used to support the fact that if the emerald was hollowed out, the fact the concave lens focused the distance viewing would have been overlooked as a property due to the gem and not the type of lens. This would be why myopic lenses were not commonplace with this knowledge at this time.

No general consensus has been made it seems as to the possible defect of Nero’s eyes, or the reason for using an emerald to view the Gladiator games. It is one of many mysteries lost in translation and time!
Competition Time: Match the sparklers to the celebrity & win a £25 off Wylde voucher!
Celebrities are always happy to be photographed showing off their personal jewellery and some of these items are certainly wow-worthy.

In the following pictures, we’ve zoomed in on the item of jewellery they were photographed with and invite readers to guess the celebrity the sparkler belongs to.

Don’t worry; there are also clues to help you identify these red carpet contenders, so good luck!
  1. This leading Hollywood lady is fully able to keep up with the men, even if they’re dressed in spandex or iron suits!  Her Art Deco engagement ring features one large diamond as the centrepiece surrounded by two smaller diamonds either side.
2. You’ll be lucky, lucky, lucky if you guess this one! Another engagement ring with an impressively large sparkler!

Send your answers to and the first we receive to correctly identify all celebrities will win the £25 off Wylde voucher.

For full terms & conditions, visit our website

And finally: Why you should always Shop Indie
For both business owners and consumers, shopping with your local independent retailers puts more money back into your community, creates local jobs and is an all-round better shopping experience with superior quality of service. Here are just three reasons why you should always ‘Shop Indie’....
  1. Great for the local economy: Local businesses are the backbone of our economy and shopping at local businesses is much better for the economy of your community than using large chains or faceless superstores. 
  2. Creates local jobs: When you shop at, and invest, in your local businesses you help create more jobs in the local community.
  3. Better shopping experience: Shopping in the local high street is also a much more rewarding and satisfying experience for customer compared to trawling through massive superstores confused about where everything is. 

Nicholas is proud to support these charities

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