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Happy Christmas!

We hope you are loving the festivities, wherever you are.

Happy Christmas from NuNu

Now that Christmas Day is finally here sit back, enjoy a hot chocolate and all the company this day brings. Enjoy spending time with family or just having a day off! Remember to practice mindfulness and stay in the moment, appreciating all the beautiful colours and lights resplendent at this time of year. Remember your favourite moments from the past year and acknowledge your hopes from the year to come. Most of all, have fun! Now is your time to smile and laugh.

Merry Christmas.

With love from Team NuNu xx

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 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

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

Birthstones

NuNu talk birthstones and their meanings for the perfect gifts. Photo by Viktor Forgacs on Unsplash.

 

We all love to ensure that our gift holds an extra special meaning for the recipient and there is no surer way to do this than to pair the wearer with their birthstone. As each stone embodies its own unique meanings, your loved one is sure to identify with the stone and all it stands for.

 

 

January – Garnet

Garnet Attic Store birthstone

Prosperity – Motivation – Vitality

The garnet is a beautfully rich stone with a luxurious colour. Besides a great gift for those born in January, it also symbolises immortal friendship and would make a perfect present for your bestie. The stone can bring energy and protection into your home making it perfect for those about to embark on a challenge, such as university students, and keeps us grounded in reality.

 

February – Amethyst

Amethyst Attic Store birthstone

Peace – Courage – Clarity

A member of the quartz family, amethyst will bring your loved one the protection, stability and courage necessary to acheive their dreams. One of the more affordable gemstones and available in a wide range of colours besides the widely known purple (my favourite is the delightfully subtle green amethyst) this gemstone is adaptable and suitable for all tastes. Amethyst is an excellent enhancer and is sure to aid you in any goal.

March – Aquamarine

Aquamarine Attic Store birthstone

Tranquility – Harmony – Creativity

Named for the colour of the sea, this gorgeous gemstone can range from the deepest of blues to the bright, clear colour of an early morning sky. Traditionally used by sailors to ensure safe passage on rough seas, aquamarine embodies the unstoppable power of the ocean. Gift to a loved one who reminds you of the ocean’s wild beauty and for protection against hard times.

 

April – Diamond

Diamond Attic Store birthstone

Strength – Protection – Eternal Love

Derived from the Greek word for ‘Invincible’, diamonds the the quintescential unbreakable substance. Eternally strong and cut to utter perfection, we give diamonds to those we love most to symbolise everlasting love and more. Lucky for April babies, this stone also belongs to them and represents the cycle of rebirth that begins in the spring.

 

May – Emerald

Emerald Attic Store birthstone

Wisdom – Truth – Friendship

The stone of loyalty, the emerald brings unconditional love and strengthens our existing friendships. To those born in May it improves clarity and positivity in day to day experiences. Traditionally a Royal stone, emeralds are incredibly valuable and make an exceptional gift for those you love most.

 

June – Pearl

Pearl Attic Store birthstone

Sincerity – Integrity – Purity

Steeped in mythology and tales of magic, pearls bring an air of elegance and mystery to those who wear them. Effortlessly luxurious and highly adaptable, there is a piece of pearl jewellery out there for everyone. Pearls are also traditional gifts for eighteenth and twenty-first birthdays.

 

July – Ruby

Ruby Attic Store birthstone

Love – Vitality – Guidance

A bestower of good fortune and powerful protector, ruby is a strong stone with its meaning steeped in love and success. Its natural power draws the wearer along the best paths in life, enhancing stability and good health. Commonly associated with wealth and treasure, bestow rubies upon those who have it all or on whom you wish good furtune.

 

August – Peridot

Peridot Attic Store birthstone

Protection – Positivity – Healing

Peridot is a soothing stone with calming and peaceful properties. It is said to enhance growth and improve healing for the wearer whilst protecting them against ill feelings and evil spirits. Peridot is an ancient stone and brings with it wisdom and experience. It’s bright colour improves overall mood and makes a fantastic statement piece to add to your collection.

 

September – Sapphire

Sapphire Attic Store birthstone

Prosperity – Honesty – Love

A sought after stone, sapphire has been highly regarded for centuries for its rich blue colour and natural resilience. It can be found in many colours besides the classic blue, such as yellow, pink and orange for an even rarer twist. A wonderful gift for your friend whose loyalty, trust and strength you value.

 

October – Opal

Opal Attic Store birthstone

Creativity – Peace – Loyalty

No two opals are the same – light plays across their surfaces in an endless variety of ways, each ray sparking a flash of gorgeous colour. Opals can be found in just about any shade, with black fire opals being the most valuable. They are lively stones and ever changing. Buy for your loved one who is endlessly creative and who sees beauty in everything.

 

November – Topaz

Topaz Attic Store birthstone

Communication – Love – Luck

These stones are available in a variety of shades, from bright yellows to clear blues. It is said to heighten the strength of the wearer and lead them to find luck and lasting love. It can recharge and re-motivate, making it ideal for students and fitness fanatics, with the possibility to release tension and promote relaxation.

 

December – Turquoise

Turquoise Attic Store birthstone

Communication – Mindfulness – Positivity

Turquoise is a very calming stone, balancing each of the chakras and acting as a ward against negative energy. It can also be worn as a personal good luck charm or to boost attributes you already possess. A perfect gift for December babies to differentiate their birthdays from Christmas and make them feel extra special.

 

Love from Team NuNu xx

The Art of Giving

No matter how far you look back gift giving has been a cornerstone for human connection.

Ever since the cave days we’ve gifted for much the same reasons as we give today – to share a moment of compassion, and to show our loved ones that we care and appreciate them for just being them. For millennia gifts have been bestowed to express emotion, gratitude and to strengthen relationships. They are symbolic of both the giver and the receiver, of the memories we have together and all the crazy things we’ve done. They let our friends know that we noticed them staring at those gorgeous earrings, and that more than simply marking the occasion, we truly, deeply care for them.

So, with no further ado, how to give the perfect gift.

 

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