Christmas in The Corn Hall

Throughout the year I have a stand in The Corn Hall in Cirencester every Thursday from 10 til 4pm, but in the run up to Christmas I’m there an extra day each week, so you can find me every Wednesday and Thursday.

In December the hall is decorated and the Christmas music starts to be played.  It’s a lovely atmosphere and a great place to stock up on your Christmas presents.

Biba & Rose in Cirencester

If you’re looking for something in particular do contact me beforehand and I’ll make sure I’ve got it with me.

http://www.cornhallcirencester.org.uk/

 

Order early for Christmas!

Christmas may seem a little way off, but it pays to order early if you can!

Until midnight on Sunday 12th November you can benefit from 15% discount on every purchase by simply entering code GIFT17 at the checkout.

You can use the code as many times as you like, but it must be entered for the discount to be taken off the total.

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October Birthstone Jewellery

Those born in October have a choice of two birthstones – tourmaline and opal.

Each of these gems comes in a rainbow of shades and colour combinations. In fact, according to legend both of October’s birthstones came to earth through a journey involving rainbows.

Tourmaline is known as the ‘Peace Stone’. A tourmaline is believed to dispel anger and fear, and to keep the wearer calm and tranquil. It is also believed to enhance creativity in its wearer

The second October birthstone is Opal. It was thought that the Opal fell from the heavens when lightning struck the Earth, and according to legend, it is believed to make the wearer invisible and is associated with purity, innocence, hope and faith.

Biba & Rose birthstone pendants come on a sterling silver chain with a delicate silver star and Swarovski crystal or gemstone depicting the chosen month.  Prices start at just £20

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Outdoor events

The end of the outdoor events means I can finally put away my wellington boots!  It’s certainly been a wet season this year.  It rained so hard at The Royal Cornwall Show in June that I had to close my stand for fear of getting flooded and The Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe was another wet one.  Thunder & Lightening struck overhead and it felt as though we were literally in the eye of the storm  … a bit scary to say the least!

Then it was back to Cornwall for The Camelford Show and even more rain, followed by even more mud.  We couldn’t get the vehicle anywhere near my stand, so finished up carrying all my stock across two fields.

Back home in my studio I realise how much I love these events as I get to meet so many new people and visit so many lovely parts of the Country, but it is really nice to be back in The Corn Hall in Cirencester with my regular spot inside, with lighting, wifi and a nice clean loo!

#pearljewellery #ontheroad

You can find a list of my remaining Autumn and Winter dates on my events page.  https://www.bibaandrose.co.uk/events/

 

Gift wrap

It seems that having one less thing to worry about is a real help, as I’m always delighted by the number of customers who opt for gift wrap when placing an order.

Simply add the gift wrap option of £2.50 to any order, decide whether you’d like a message added, and we’ll do the rest. The option is available with every purchase, whether you want it sent to the lucky recipient or directly to you.

In most cases, we use pretty pale grey or silver paper and then add a ribbon to the parcel, finishing it off with a bow.  Bows are definitely not my speciality, but I really try to make them perfect. Sometimes they can take me longer to get right than making the actual piece of jewellery!

Biba & Rose jewellery, gift wrap

Trusted suppliers

In this line of business some of the most important people, (apart from customers!) are the suppliers we use. I have always opted for companies in the UK. I choose companies that I have grown to trust, so that I know whenever I place an order for gemstones, pearls or sterling silver I will always get the best quality products.

In the last few days, one of my favourite suppliers of freshwater pearls has announced that she is retiring. She founded her company in 1975 and I have bought pearls from her for over 10 years. In the same week the company that supplies me with my some of my silver findings has announced that it is closing down.

I wish them the best for the future, but I know that it will take quite a while for me to find new companies to replace them. In the meantime, I will be buying as much stock from them, as I possibly can, before they close their doors!

 

July birthstone – Ruby

Biba & Rose July birthstone

A Ruby is the birthstone of July.  It is considered to be the king of all gems and represents love, health and wisdom. It was believed wearing a fine red Ruby bestowed good fortune on its owner. A Ruby is the most valuable of gemstones and its value increases depending on its colour and quality.

If a Ruby is a little out of your price range, then a piece of jewellery with a beautiful red crystal is the perfect gift for a July birthday.

www.bibaandrose.co.uk/shop/silver-birthstone-pendants

 

Murano Glass jewellery

Those of you who have seen my designs will know that I specialise in freshwater pearls and sterling silver jewellery, but to compliment my range I also use the beautiful Venetian glass from Murano.

“Murano’s reputation as a centre for glass-making was born when the Venetian Republic, fearing fire and destruction of the city’s mostly wooden buildings, ordered glass-makers to move their foundries to Murano in 1291”

I believe that it is truly the most beautiful glass in the world!  I use Murano Glass heart shaped beads, lined with sterling silver or gold and then add them to pearl necklaces and bracelets.  I also make them into earrings and pendants using the most exquisite colours.

Each season I find exciting new colours and this year is no exception.  There is the addition of a beautiful turquoise colour pendant and an aqua, green and white heart, both ideal for your summer wardrobe … https://www.bibaandrose.co.uk/shop/murano-heart-pendants/

Large Murano Heart pendants

I have also added a new set of pearl jewellery including a necklace, bracelet and earrings with gold-lined hearts, which would be perfect bridal jewellery to compliment any wedding dress.

 

June Birthstone – the pearl

Pearl – the birthstone for June

“Who comes with summer to this earth
And owes to June her hour of birth
A pearl should wear against her skin
Who’s innocence many a heart shall win.”

For those who were born in the month of June, pearl is the traditional birthstone. Pearls are associated with the properties of loyalty, faithfulness and friendship.  They are an unusual precious gem in that they technically not gemstones, as they are produced inside a ‘creature’ rather than from a mine in the earth.

The pearl is one of the most ancient and beloved of all gems, and a common belief was that pearls were created when oysters came up to the surface of the ocean to catch drops of rain or dew in their shells. These drops from the heavens would then harden, by the influence of moonlight, into beautiful pearls.

Biba & Rose pearls are predominantly made using freshwater pearls rather than those from the ocean, but they are still grown inside an oyster and still have the most beautiful qualities.

Our selection of freshwater pearl jewellery starts from as little as £12, making the June birthstone a perfect affordable gift.
Biba & Rose freshwater pearl jewellery from £12