Photographing new designs

Each year I come up with a few new designs, ones that have been tried and tested first at the many events that I attend. I know how important my core range is to many of my customers, but at the same time I like to follow new jewellery trends and experiment with different colours and shapes of pearls.

Then comes the fun bit …photographing them.  Jewellery is one of the hardest things to photograph.  It is very two-dimensional and also highly reflective. Many a time I’ve been seen wrapping a white cloth around the camera lens or using ‘tin foil’ to reflect back onto a shiny surface!

Biba & Rose photo studio

Luckily I have a fantastic photographer who is happy for me to spend hours in his studio tweaking the pictures until we are both happy.

I spent one such day with him yesterday, so hopefully by next month there will be some beautiful images of new designs for you to see.  Those of you on my mailing list will be notified by email, so watch this space…



The heatwave continues

July has been one of the most frustrating month’s trading so far.  Events have been difficult to say the least, with the footfall being so much lower than in previous years.  At Cotswold Show on the Saturday afternoon there was literally no one about …not a single solitary soul!  This was definitely due to the incredibly hot weather, and the football, and Wimbledon …quite a combination!

That being said it has been one of my busiest months on my website and also my Etsy shop, so I think in the sweltering heat it has proved better to stay indoors, stay cool and do some online shopping 🙂

If you haven’t seen my Etsy shop, it can be found here – It’s worth taking a look as I sometimes add one-off designs, something you may not see on my website.

Well the heatwave look set to continue for a while, so I’m looking forward to seeing what the month of August brings.  In this business it’s impossible to tell!


Sunshine Escape

This week the workshop will be closed for a few days, so online orders will take a little longer to be dispatched.

Any orders placed after today, will be dispatched by Thursday 5th July at the latest.

I’m very sorry for the delay and do hope this doesn’t cause too much inconvenience.

Pearl – The birthstone for June

June is such a beautiful month and what’s more it has the best possible birthstone …pearl!
Online orders definitely increase with quite a lot of them including the gift wrap option, so hopefully there are lots of lovely birthday gifts being received.

It’s also the perfect month for a wedding. Couples who marry in June, stay together for life …or so I’m told.  My parents married on the 19th June and were together for 64 years.  For their diamond wedding anniversary they were very excited to receive a card from the Queen congratulating them.

There’s another interesting saying – “Marry when June roses grow, over land and sea you’ll go.” Whether that just means you’ll have an exciting honeymoon or you’ll have an exciting life together, either way it sounds like fun 🙂

Biba & Rose pearl jewellery is available from as little as £10 and if you’re looking for a bespoke piece I’m happy to make something to your exact requirements.

GDPR and Biba & Rose

On the 25th May 2018, one of the biggest changes to UK data privacy law comes into effect.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR for short) is making sure that we all have more control over how our data is used and how we want to be contacted.

To continue receiving the communications that you would like to receive from Biba & Rose, and not annoying emails that will end up in your ‘junk’ inbox, please make sure that you update your preferences and sign up for the Biba & Rose newsletters.

That way you will receive emails with details of new designs and special offers such as discounts that are only available for limited time. You certainly won’t be bombarded with newsletters, as they are only sent out three or four times a year, and your information will never be passed on to anyone else.

Thank you,

Spring and Summer Jewellery

Yesterday the sun was shining, and it was such a beautiful day it was hard to believe that less than a week ago we had snow on the ground. I do love this country and the strange weather we have!

We also lost an hour in bed so that we can now enjoy lighter evenings, even if it does take a few days to adjust. It always fascinates me that we still keep this tradition although I know there are some who would prefer us not to.

Apparently it was invented by George Vincent Hudson, a New Zealand entomologist in 1895, while British businessman William Willett is also credited with the idea as a way of getting up earlier and so having more daylight hours after work.

During World War One, Germany and Austria used the hour change to save on coal usage, and although the UK has always had daylight saving since it was first introduced, it came into widespread use across the world during the 1970s because of the energy crisis.

…so Spring and Summer clothes will start appearing in the shops and you may find you need a piece of Biba & Rose jewellery to match!

Biba & Rose jewellery

Mother’s Day


Happy Mothering Sunday

Spring is just around the corner, the days are getting longer and hopefully most of the snow has now disappeared!

Before Easter, the next event on this year’s calendar is on Sunday 11th March.  It’s a day to celebrate all mothers, without whom none of us would be here!

I’ve always called it Mothering Sunday – something my mother insisted upon, but whether you call it Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday, it’s a day to thank our mothers for everything they do for us. I love it when small children come to my stand to choose a gift for their mother. Invariably if it’s a little girl doing the shopping it tends to be something pink!

In the dictionary it is described as “a day each year when people give a card or present to their mother or do something special for her”. Hopefully it’s a bit more than that, and although I think it’s lovely to have a special day for her, I guess we should really show how much we appreciate her every chance we get….



Adverse weather conditions

The weather is not feeling very spring-like as I write this. There are deep drifts of snow outside and half the country has come to a stand-still.

Everywhere looks so beautiful covered in a white ‘blanket’, so it’s definitely the perfect time to stay inside, keep warm and order online!

adverse weather conditions


I’m lucky enough to have a post office within walking distance, but I’m afraid that I’m not sure that normal delivery times will be resumed for a few days yet!



Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and I hope everyone is delighted with the gifts they receive whether it be a piece of jewellery, flowers or chocolates.

Valentine's Day Jewellery from Biba & Rose

I thought I’d find a few facts about the day…

Apparently Valentine’s Day originated as a Christian feast day honouring an early saint named Valentinus, but it is now recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration of romance around the world.  In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion when lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards.

Another ancient custom, which is believed to have originated in China – involves lovers locking a padlock onto a chain or gate to a bridge, and then throwing away the key, symbolically locking their love forever.

In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart. On a recent rip to Italy I was amazed to see so many padlocks attached to sights around the cities.

In 1868, the British chocolate company Cadbury’s created decorated box of chocolates in the shape of a heart and boxes of chocolates soon became associated with Valentine’s Day.  Later in the second half of the 20th century, the practice of exchanging cards was extended to all manner of gifts, including jewellery.

The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately 190 million valentines are sent each year in the US!!