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Cute gifts for your friends this Christmas

We don’t want to forget our friends this time of year but sometimes they can be hard to buy for. Here are a few of our favourite picks for our besties this season.

gold Sparkle Bee StudsCrystal Gold Bee Ear Studs

These adorable ear studs make the perfect gift for your adventurous best friend who reminds you of those long summer months. They are absolutely stunning with fifteen white stones set in each – almost as gorgeous as they are!

Two-Tone Tiny Butterfly Ear StudsTwo-tone butterflies

So cute! These earrings perfectly pair silver and gold to give the impression of the butterfly’s wings gently moving. They are absolutely perfect for every day wear and school with that classic look that will match their style wonderfully.

gold Star and Moon Ear StudsAsymmetrical Star and Moon Ear Studs

If they’re a little more edgy why not give them these moon and star aymmetrical studs? Gold plated and paved with sparkling stones, they capture the night sky in a beautiful gift for your friend. Pair with our Mini Star necklace for a complete look.

gold Paved Initial NecklacePaved Initial Necklace

Give them a personalised gift with their initial as the center piece! They will love this sparkling initial necklace and the thoughtfulness of the gift. It’s perfect for every day wear too, so they will never have to take it off!

gold sweetheart necklaceMini Courage Heart Necklace

Lend them a little strength and love with this dainty necklace. Available in silver and gold, this necklace sits delicately on the collar bone to comfortably accentuate the neckline. Your best friend will love this symbol of your bond.

Tiny Smiley Tag Necklace sterling silverSmiley Tag Necklace

Give them a reason to smile come Christmas morning – or just give them a smile! This necklace does both, paired with an eye-catching texture and glistening diamante eyes. Available in both silver and gold plated sterling silver.

pink Tree of life friendship bracelet

Tree of Life Friendship Bracelet

Tell them your friendship will survive the test of time and go on forever, just like the tree of life symbolised here. With four different coloured bands to choose from, they’ll love whatever you choose and wear it every day.

 

How to choose a gift they will love

It can be difficult to think of the gifts our loved ones will really adore, especially at such a busy time of year. Here are a few pointers for things you can look out for that tell you exactly what they want.

 

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Look at their current collection.

See if they prefer silver over gold, sparkle or shine, big bold symbols or minimalist chains. Notice what they wear on a day to day basis and which pieces they wear the most. Buy them something that will blend into their current collection, maybe with a little added personalisation to make it special.

 

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Use social media.

Check out their Pinterest boards or Facebook likes to find what’s caught their eye or sneak a glance over their shoulder at their Instagram feed. Ask them to show you photos of their favourite styles whilst sharing your own so it looks like a normal conversation. Take note of the weight of the jewellery and the overall style and find them something similar. Talk about your favourite designers and ask them what theirs are and buy them something from there.

 

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Listen.

No, really listen. When you’re having a conversation with them pay close attention to everything they say, watching out for any products they mention or any problems they complain about that might have material solutions. This might be as simple as needing a new pair of earrings to wear on Christmas day or not having enough warm jumpers. If you listen closely enough, people will always tell you.

 

With love from Team NuNu xx

Winter Mindfulness

We know that winter can be a drag – it’s too long and too cold and too sad – but we’re here to show you how to enjoy the winter with a little help from Mindfulness.

 

Notice the seasons changing with NuNu. Photo by Dominik Dombrowski on Unsplash

Notice the seasons changing.

Look at the world around you – how has it changed over the last few weeks? Notice the beautiful lines made by the bare branches of a tree, the reflections cast in water now silver and blue where they used to be green and brown. Pay attention to the sounds, from the crispiness of frost under your feet to the shrill singing of robins and blackbirds in bushes, trees and back gardens. See the people – how they draw their coats around them against the chilling air, bundled in scarves and hats and gloves. See also the rebels, wearing only hoodies and jumpers, defiant against the cold skies and the tugging wind, hands shoved deep into pockets and ears tucked below collars.

 

Enjoy a hot drink with NuNu. Photo by Alexandru G. STAVRICĂ on Unsplash

Enjoy the warmth of a hot drink on a cold day.

Pay attention to how it steams the air, the way the swirling patterns stretch and shimmer as you blow gently across the liquid’s surface. Notice the first, scalding mouthful, how the warmth spreads swiftly though your body, how the surprise of it has made you forget the cold already. Feel the hot cup in your hands and take note of the aromas as you drink and your body warms. Remember to appreciate that feeling of warmth, to savour it as soon the drink shall be gone and the cold will creep in once more. Enjoy the rich colours within the cup and remember to take a deep breath.

 

Enjoy the Lights with NuNu. Photo by Brigitte Tohm on Unsplash

Enjoy the darker evenings.

See the lights inside the buildings, from sparkling lines of Christmas bulbs to a simple lamp on a living room table. Let the warmth of that image fill your mind and enjoy the contrast between this and the wintry air. Cozy up in the evenings, lighting candles and enjoying their scents with a huge blanket and your favourite book. Feel the weight of it in your hands as you sit back, quietly aware of the peace filling the room and the little pocket of warmth you have created in the cold of winter.

 

Remember that with a little mindfulness and due care and attention you will start noticing all the beauty in the world around you. No matter the season, come rain or shine Planet Earth and all the lives it supports are complex and gorgeous in their own way. We need only look for the light.

 

With love from Team NuNu xx

How to secretly measure jewellery sizes

That time of year is coming again and many of us will buy a ring or a bracelet for our loved ones this year. The burning question, however, is this – will it fit? Here’s a few tips on secretly measuring them to keep it a surprise come Christmas morning.

NuNu shares how to buy jewellery for friends.Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

 

Get ahead of the game

Ask them if you can take their measurements outright – just do it in advance. The more time between asking and receiving, the better, giving them plenty of time to forget. Do it in a busy moment and tell them it’s for a school project or that your friend is doing a research paper on the correlation between age and wrist size. If it’s for a ring, be sure to pick a specific finger, preferably one you’ve seen them wear rings on before to ensure that your gift will be enjoyed to the fullest.

Compare wrist and hand sizes

Sit down for a coffee with your bestie and ask them to compare their hand size to yours. Though this won’t give you an exact number, you’ll be able to see if they require bigger or smaller sizes than you. It may even lead smoothly into a conversation about specific sizes!

Borrow their favourite jewellery and measure it

This is a surefire way to get an accurate measurement for your jewellery. Admire what they’re wearing and ask if you can borrow it for a particular event. Take a piece of string and coil it carefully around the inside of a ring or bangle, or if measuring a bracelet open it up and lay it along a ruler. If you are short for time, draw around the inside with a pen on some paper and measure it later.

Enlist the help of others

Ask a mutual friend to get them alone and ask them what size jewellery they wear. Get your friend to take note then pass the information to you. Your special someone might be suspicious but they’ll be looking in completely the wrong direction, saving the surprise for when you give it to them! You could also prepare a group of friends for this task and have everyone discuss their jewellery sizes, making it look like a normal, everyday conversation.

Buy adjustable

Failing all else, keep your back covered by finding a beautiful piece of adjustable jewellery for your loved one. This takes out all the guess work and it’s perfect for a long distance friend who you don’t get the chance to see every day and probe with questions. A lot of adjustable jewellery designs nowadays use this to their advantage, creating beautifully fluid and ergonomic designs that will leave them breathless. They will result in the perfect fit no matter the size, making for comfortable jewellery that she will never want to take off.

 

We hope this helped! Don’t forget to look outside the box when asking people for their ring sizes (“let’s make plaster molds of our hands!”) and most of all stay calm. Remember that even if they find out what you’re buying them, they will still love it to pieces as soon as they see it.

 

With love from Team NuNu xx

How to wear Ear Climbers

sterling silver original silver five little stars ear climber

 

We absolutely love the unique aesthetic you can achieve with these charming earrings, although sometimes they can appear quite confusing! Here is a short guide to how to wear your gorgeous new climbers.

1. Bend the post back gently, just enough to thread carefully through the ear. Make sure you push it all the way through until you reach the bend at the bottom where ear post meets earring.

2. Hold the climber so that the design travels up the side of the ear, resting on the cartilage.

3. Gently squeeze the ear post and design together with your ear in-between to tighten it, using your forefinger and thumb. Give it a little wriggle to make sure it’s secure.

Ta dah! We hope you enjoy your fantastic new earrings.

Three Generations

Gorgeous gifts for your family.

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For Grandma

NuNu Family Stare Necklace for three

Mother and Child Star Necklace

With a star for each member of your family, this is a wonderful gift to give to your loved one to remind them that you are all there for them, come rain or shine. The necklace is inscribed with the words “You are my shining stars” on the reverse in embossed gold for an adorable secret message. They will hold you close to their heart in 925 sterling silver and plated gold. Quirky yet delicate, this is a piece they are sure to adore.

 

For Mum

sterling silver 5 reasons why I love you hearts bracelet gift box

Five reasons why I love you

Tell them exactly why they’re perfect in your own words with this adorable necklace and card gift set. This delicate necklace is perfect for all occasions and will hold a symbolic meaning for them every time they wear it, reminding them of how much you care and the many things that make them incredible to be around.

 

For your sister

Sisterhood necklace

Sisterhood Necklace

Remind your wonderful sister why she’s so amazing with this gorgeous necklace and message card. Let these words speak for you to express your love on Christmas Day and personalise with her name for an extra special touch. Available in rose gold and silver, this necklace is the perfect piece that they will never want to take off.

 

Find more of our wonderful gift options on our website.

With love from Team NuNu xx

The Pearl Edit

There are few things as timeless as pearls. They suit any style, adapt to every situation and always bring a dash of luxury however you choose to wear them. They are the Marilyn Monroe of the jewellery world – iconic and undying. Whether you like your pearls chunky and individual or lined up neatly on a string, here are a few of our picks and how we would style them.

Three Pearls Ear Threads gold plated

Three pearls ear threads

These ear threads simply drip luxury. The gold really brings out the lustre of the pearls and the threads themselves dangle so effortlessly from your ear to enhance the pearls’ natural elegance. Pair with a high collar and cashmere for an opulent yet practical autumn look.

 

Single Pearl Necklace

Single pearl necklace

Classic and minimalist, this pearl necklace is an essential item for your collection. It provides the perfect lift to your look, elevating it above the usual humdrum. Choose this if your style is more concise than outlandish and style it as we have here, with simple textures and clean lines.

Mixed Colour Pearl Earrings Studs gold plated

Mixed Colour Pearl Earrings

This gorgeous cluster of pearls are exquisitely delicate with a wonderful sense of movement. The colours of the pearls range from white to sensuous pink allowing for dimensions of lustrous colour to play across your cheekbones. They would make a wonderful gift, saying that person is special and unique just like each of the pearls in these clusters and that they deserve something as beautiful as they are. Style with pale creams and ivories, crepe and chiffon.

 

Two Pearl Necklace gold plated
Three Pearl Dangle Bracelet

Pair as we have here with our two pearl necklace for a combination just dripping with lustre. This bracelet is absolutely stunning in every way, from the satellite chain to the subtle glimmers from each of the pearls. Combine with a delicate evening look or switch things up with a leather jacket, t-shirt and jeans for all the rebels out there.

 

Pearl Trapeze Dangle Earrings

Pearl Trapeze Dangle Earrings

Break off from tradition with these fantastic earrings, full of potential movement and dramatic angles. Allow these to frame your face with their three pearls all in a line, swinging wonderfully as you turn your head. These will be the ones you obsess over, wear day in and night out, for that feeling that today you’ve totally got this. Wear with low cut ‘v’s and plunge necklines, long-line necklaces and sharp tailored jackets.

 

Pearl Disc Necklace on model
Pearl Disc Necklace

Own the room with this statement piece, a large pink pearl disk on a golden chain. This pearl is certainly not for the faint of heart though it oozes confidence, glamour and unapologetic opulence.  Personalise with a crystal paved initial for a touch of individuality. Combine with crisp cotton or silk, subdued colours and bold cuts. To emphasize the dusky pink tones of the pearl try floral motifs.

 

Find many more pieces of our pearl jewellery on the NuNu website, with more styling tips and information in the descriptions.

With love from NuNu xx

Give them the Stars

Say they’re your star with our new collection of star-spangled necklaces.

NuNu family stars

Family Shining Star necklaces

With a star for each family member, this necklace allows them to carry their loved ones wherever they go and never forget the stars in their life. The necklace will always remind them how much they are loved with the words ‘You are my shining star’ inscribed in gold on the back of the pendant, the proof of your love kept close to their heart.

The necklaces are available with two, three, four or five stars, each with one larger star to represent the recipient. They have a beautiful domed silver surface edged in gold that represents the world and the stars arranged within. They are quietly elegant whilst being luxuriously weighted – a high quality piece.

 

 

NuNu Family Stare Necklace for three

Birthday Shining Stars

Alternatively these necklaces have a star for every decade of life, including a special necklace for a 21st birthday. They display the words ‘For every sparkling decade’ on the reverse and feature the same domed surface as the family necklaces.

They are fun and quirky and would be fantastic for the fabulous person in your life. Available for thirtieth, fortieth and fiftieth birthdays.

 

Why not share you photos of our star jewellery? Post to Instagram with the hashtag #nunustars for a chance to be featured in our story.

 

 

 

Be Eco-Friendly this Bonfire Night

We know it can be difficult, especially during these big annual events to keep the environment in mind so we have collected our favourite ideas together.

 

Have an environmentally friendly bonfire day with NuNu. Photo by Luke Porter on Unsplash

Only use natural materials

Plastics and other man-made materials such as polyester clothes fibres can be very damaging especially when burnt, not to mention it is illegal to burn many substances such as oil and rubber. Keep this in mind whilst making your Guy Fawkes – use natural fibre clothing, straw and untreated wood to produce the models. Not only will this be better for the environment but it will also help to protect the health of those around you and will result in a much brighter, more satisfying flame!

 

Fireworks with NuNu. Photo by Roven Images on Unsplash

Eco-friendly fireworks

Fireworks an often damage the environment through the release of harmful toxins that they contain and the remains of the fireworks that fall to the ground. The good news is that ‘green’ fireworks do exist! These contain less dangerous chemicals and produce less waste once they have been used. Low noise fireworks are also available from many retailers which help local wildlife and pets from becoming highly distressed during this busy night.

 

Take care of wildlife with NuNu. Photo by Piotr Łaskawski on Unsplash

Watch out for animals

Many animals such as hedgehogs and birds seek refuge and shelter in log piles. Without careful checking of bonfires these animals could be harmed once they have been lit. To minimise this bonfires should be made close to the time of burning as possible.

 

Most importantly, enjoy this bright and colourful celebration!

 

Love from Team NuNu xx

Scary good

With Halloween right around the next dark and spooky corner, find the pieces that are sending shivers down our spines.

 

 

Cat Over the Moon Ear Studs

silver Cat Over the Moon Ear Studs

Full of classic Halloween imagery, these ear studs will complete your chic witch look. Delicate and subtle enough to wear year round, these ear studs bring just a hint of spooky to your outfit. Pair with a matching necklace or handfuls of cat-inspired rings and white stones for those ghostly undertones.

 

Sterling Silver Dagger Necklace

Gold Dagger Charm Necklace

Proof of the femme fatale within you, strike feat into their hearts with this edgy dagger necklace. Masquerade as a stake or fang for added adaptability. Pendant swings from a satelite chain for added sophistication. Add some gold ear threads into the mix for a deliciously swinging look.

 

Skull Studs

silver Skull Studs

What Halloween would be complete without a few skulls? These are full of scary character and their evil looks shall inject fear into your look and the hearts of non-believers. Intricately detailed and gorgeously weighted, these skulls are an example of excellent craftsmanship, no matter how creepy. Add a chain choker and layered bracelets for an outfit befitting the treasure laden tombs of the forgotten.

 

Skull and Dagger Bracelet

gold Skull and Dagger Bracelet

Complete your Halloween outfit with this bracelet for the perfect combination. Set with eerie black stones and adorned in dangling skulls, this bracelet is delicate yet eye catching with just a touch of the macabre. A skull ring would finish off this look nicely by emphasising the skull motifs within the design.

 

Find the full extent of our creepy jewellery on our website in the NuNu Spooky Collection.

 

Love, Team NuNu xx