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Elizabeth Pawle

Today’s post focuses on another of our very talented local artists:  illustrator Elizabeth Pawle.  Loveone first met Elizabeth a couple of years ago at one of the I Make Fun Stuff Street Markets, and we have been selling her items ever since.

Loveone adores the simplicity of Elizabeth’s designs and that the fact they are so different to anything else. Our customers love her work too and Cathy is smitten by her Elizabeth Pawle dog brooch (so much so that she wears it everyday!).

So today we thought it was time to find out more about this very talented local illustrator and printmaker and share it with you:

 

 

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Hello Elizabeth, Please can you tell us a bit about yourself and your work?

I used to be a magazine journalist working mainly in interiors but I’ve loved drawing and painting since I was a child. After I had my son in 2011, I gave up work to look after him but I found my hands idle! I started drawing again on a small scale – I filled sketchbooks with lots of little creatures – and began turning my drawings into brooches. All of my shrink plastic brooches and necklaces are still drawn and cut by hand. I began working with wood last year – I love the contrast between the natural grain and the colours I lean towards using (mint greens, turquoise, bright yellow) and I love tiny details so drawing and painting on such a small scale is great!

 

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What materials do you work with?

When painting I tend to use gouache alongside charcoal and my line work is always done in dip pen and ink – I can’t find any modern pen that gives such a good line! Gouache is such a versatile medium and the colours it gives are perfect for my work, which is simple and almost always against white.

 

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Where do you get your inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from all over. I live in the countryside so I see a lot of animals (which I’ve always loved) and I also spend a lot of time outdoors in the woods and by the sea. Before I had a baby I travelled a lot and I think travel is a great inspiration to many artists, myself included.

 

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What do you want people to think when they see your work?

People tell me my paintings are quite calm and that they make them smile. As for my animal brooches, I think they just make people happy! And a lot of people buy certain brooches (the grizzly bear, the dog, the sea otter) because they remind them of someone they know (usually their husband!).

 

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Thank you so much to Elizabeth for being today’s interviewee!

Loveone currently has in stock various Elizabeth Pawle brooches, little wooden bowls and small prints. Prices for Elizabeth Pawle items start at £10.

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Which Cow are You?!

Cowshed is a luxurious  range of bath, body and skincare products which are true to their British Heritage. If you are looking for honest and natural products which do as they say on the label, smell divine and make you feel amazing then this is the range for you. As Nicola Moulton, Beauty Director of Vogue UK says:  “Cowshed is such a quintessentially British brand; it’s cool and laid back, doesn’t take itself too seriously, but beneath it all there’s the most amazingly effective treatments and products. I can see it becoming our biggest beauty export!”

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Cowshed is part of the Soho House Group which was founded in 1995 by Nick Jones. Soho House started as a private members’ club in central London, and now boasts Clubs all over the world including, Berlin, Miami, New York and of course its flagship Spa, Babbington House in Somerset. Babbington House was purchased in 1998 and has become a luxury spa hotel and club. It was here that Cowshed was born. The idea to create the Cowshed range came about when sourcing natural products to use in the hotel.  To this day, there continues to be a little bit of Babbington in every single bottle in the form of a special herbal infusion sourced from the walled garden.

The Cowshed Philosophy – only 100% pure premium essential oils used, made from sustainable sources, no nasty preservatives or synthetics, suitable for vegetarians and Made in England.

 

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Loveone currently stocks the Cowshed lifestyle range which includes:

 

Handcare: Dirty cow and Grubby cow Handwashes. Plus Cow pat and Cowslip handcreams

 

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Body oils, body washes and body lotions from the Mood Ranges of:

Knackered Cow – (relaxing) contains lavender and eucalyptus

Grumpy Cow – (uplifting)  infused with mandarin and grapefruit

Moody Cow – (balancing) contains rose geranium and frankincense

Lazy Cow – (soothing) with jasmine, chamomile and sandalwood

Wild Cow – (invigorating) contains lemongrass ginger and rosemary

Horny Cow – (seductive) with rose absolute, patchouli and cinnamon

 

We also stock the new award winning product range of Slender Cow which are designed to help detoxify, firm and tone the skin.

 

And not to feel left out we have Bullocks for men – this range contains hemp seed oil and is luxury male grooming without any fuss.

 

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Travel kits are also available – not only are these very handy for nights away but also make a great introduction to the Cowshed range.

 

We have testers in store so pop in and try. Go on indulge yourself or your friends. This stylish spa range makes a great gift and generates a giggle or two at the quirky names!

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Babies Babies Everywhere!

Maybe it’s the time of year, or maybe it’s my time in life but suddenly I have a flurry of Christenings and Naming Days over the next few months. Like most people, I want to get that extra special gift which can be treasured throughout the child’s life. That is why today’s post is all for me (sorry for being selfish) and everyone else out there who is facing the same dilemma: Great gift suggestions for Babies from Loveone.

 

Here at Loveone, we have a wide selection of unusual gifts for Christenings, Naming Days and Newborn Babies.  Suitable for all budgets, we can even gift wrap and supply the card too. So if you are looking for that extra special gift – put Loveone on your map and drop in or give us a call on 07711 517787.

 

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A fabulous keepsake item for a little girl is this Silver Little Guardian Angel Wings Necklace from Tales From the Earth. Packaged in a beautiful Gift box they come with the message:

‘Your guardian angel watches over you throughout the course of your life. These sterling silver angel wings, made for a deserving little girl, represent your invisible companion and serve as a reminder that you are never alone.’

 

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 How can you ever go wrong with a Jellycat Toy – super cuddly and soft. A great gift which a child can love throughout life. We stock a wide selection of Jellycat animals – so come in and find the right shape, size and colour for you! Beware though – we can’t promise that you won’t end up falling in love with them so much that you buy one for yourself too!

 

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How about a classic pearl bracelet from Hearts A Flutter. This would look adorable on a little girls wrist. A beautiful and unusual keepsake that could then be passed down through the generations.

 

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A great idea would be this First Tooth Box from Tales From the Earth. A beautiful silver plated box, which comes complete with it’s own tooth fairy and scroll so you can record all the momentous details. Lovely gift choice for a boy or girl.

 

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Why not choose something personalised – select something such as the picture above or a larger heart with name.

 

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Don’t forget our extensive range of unusual cards as kindly held up by grey bunny.

 

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Check out our range of bright and cheery giftwrap. Your present would be guaranteed to stand out from the rest!

 

The good news is – our range of gifts for Christenings and Naming Days isn’t just available certain times of the year. We make sure we have lovely and unusual gifts for all occasions all year round.

So when thinking of presents – don’t forget Loveone as your great gift destination.

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Looking for an unusual Spring Gift for someone special? Whatever the occasion – whether it be a Birthday, a house warming, a thank you, a treat for yourself  – we will have something Spring like for you. Plus it’s definitely not too late to pick something up for Easter – so wrap up warm and call in. Alternatively check out our favourite suggestions below and give us a call on: 07711 517787. Then just like the Easter Bunny we will bring the gift to you!

By choosing a gift from Loveone, you will be guaranteed an unusual and well thought out gift. So don’t delay.

Our current Spring favourites:

 

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 Look at all these cuddly Jellycat Bunnies waiting to go to a new home. How can you resist? Prices £4.99 for babies, £9.99 for small and £14.50 for medium. These supersoft and extra cuddly Bunnies will make a great present for children or young at heart adults.

Plus we also have in stock Jellycat Kenny the Cockerel or Tiggalope sheep. Do you know someone who could give them a loving home?

   

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 As featured in this months Elle Decoration Magazine, check out these retro small blue vases. Yours for only £7.99 each. A great and unusual Keepsake gift. We liked them so much we even brought some ourselves.

   

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Very Spring like is the range of homeware and prints from Cluck Cluck. These distinctive yet classic items feature hens, cockerels, pheasants and other birds. The mugs featured above are a snip at £13.99. Scroll down into our Blog history to learn about about our stock availability of this charming range.

   

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Keen to add a splash of colour to a room? Then choose one of these original Biscuit cushions from talented designer/maker Nikki McWilliams. Price £34.

   

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As Cathy said in Monday’s Blog, its time to put away those winter scents and replace them with an lighter fragrance of spring and summer.  These True Grace candles will soon have you dreaming of warm hazy days  – despite the weather outside! Prices start from £14.

   

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Finally we couldn’t resist including these vintage egg cups from upstairs at Betty Blue Hat. Perfect for enjoying real or chocolate eggs!

 

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p.s  The Simple Things lifestyle magazine is now in stock at Loveone.  This latest edition is jam packed with articles on food, travel, interiors, gardening and well being. A great read for the Easter weekend whilst tucking into those Hot Cross Buns.

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Hello Pushkin

Suffolk has many talented designers and makers and we are lucky enough to be able to sell some of their work at Loveone. One of the popular names which has pretty much been with us since the beginning is Hello Pushkin.  The talented person behind Hello Pushkin is Jess Broad and today we have put her under the spotlight!

 

Hello Pushkin, please can you tell us a bit about yourself and your range?

My name is Jess Broad and I’m a lecturer in Art & Design as well as creator of Hello Pushkin. I would describe my work as highly colourful, pattern based, intricately painted and illustrated jewellery, homeware, stationery and accessories.

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How did Hello Pushkin come about?

The project itself began just after I graduated my teacher training qualification in 2008 and was trying to find work. At the time I was doing awful temporary office jobs which were neither fulfilling or good for my self esteem so I needed some kind of creative direction that would earn me money as well as mean I was making work. I started screen printing designs I liked onto cotton tote bags and drawing illustrations onto shrink plastic to make into brooches. I hoped that if I liked the designs and wanted to wear them then so would other people. I set up an online shop and eventually plucked up the courage to ask Cathy if she would stock a few things in the shop. It went from there really. I will say though, to anyone thinking selling your work is a quick way to earn money, it’s not! You have to spend a lot to buy materials before you even make anything so be careful.

The project started as “Cuppa Tea and Cake” because my work was very English, afternoon tea, cake and a cuppa related but as the years have gone on and my work has evolved I needed to rename the brand as I wasn’t creating the same work any more. I chose Hello Pushkin because it doesn’t conjure up any obvious images so enables me to create whatever takes my fancy and sell it under the same name. Pushkin is what I call cats and I often say “hello pushkin!” so it made sense for me.

 

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Where do you get your inspiration from?

I’m inspired by so many things it’s difficult to pin point one thing in particular and I don’t really seek out inspiration or visual references I just use things that I like when I find them. I read a lot of blogs so I would say a lot of my inspiration comes from what I see online when looking through blogs. My interests are wide but lie in pattern, colour, geometric shapes, fashion, cosmetics, graphics, illustration, architecture, the 50s, the list could go on and on I think! I may see some graffiti that inspires me, the colour of a front door, someone’s choice of clothes you just have to look enough and you will find things that press your buttons.

 

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What do you want people to think when they see your work?

I want people to feel excited by my work because of the vibrant colours and patterns I use. I want them to feel that they want to wear it and be unique and different from everyone else because that’s how I have always wanted to look. And I make everything I create because I want to wear it or use it.

 

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Thank you so much to Jess for being today’s interviewee!

If you are interested in looking more at the Hello Pushkin range – Loveone currently has in stock a wide array of Hello Pushkin cards, brooches, tote bags and tea towels. Prices start from only £2.50 for cards and everything else from a very affordable £5.

Watch this space for availability of Hello Pushkin’s exciting new range of graphic printed items.

 

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Cluck Cluck

Spring is definitely maybe in the air! Ok so we’ve had snow and it’s still quite chilly but hopefully that’s the last of it and the temperatures will start rising. The daffodils are definitely peeping through in the garden so we are taking that as a good sign. To try and encourage a Spring like feeling, we thought we’d look at our lovely range from Cluck Cluck.

 

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If you haven’t heard of Cluck Cluck then you really are missing out. It is a charming range of homeware and prints featuring hens, cockerels, pheasants and other birds. Everything is designed and made in Suffolk and is all the work of the very talented Victoria Hall. Each design follows the same distinctive stylish theme of a classic cream background with black line drawings and a touch of colour and in some cases products are even adorned with real feathers.

Loveone has been selling Cluck Cluck for a few years now and it is always a great success at Easter time. It is the simplicity of the drawings and the fact that Victoria is able to capture the spirit of the birds really well that appealed to Loveone’s owner Cathy.  The pheasant range is new this year and its striking appeal is sure to make it a great success.

 

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A wide selection of framed prints of chickens and pheasants, some in pen and ink only and others with real feathers in yellow, blue, grey and red.  All prints £45

 

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100% screen printed cotton T-Towel available as Chattering chicks or Mr Pheasant. Price £7.00

 

MUGS

 

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Choose from either a family of chickens or two pheasants running round the mug.   Price £13.99

 

CARDS

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 We have an assortment of cards available in different colours and some with real feathers. Why not drop someone special a line this Easter with one of these lovely cards. Prices start from £2.

 

If you love birds or are looking  for a unique Wedding / Birthday / Spring Gift then this is the range for you.

 

xx p.s Only THREE days to go until the Vintage and Craft market at the Town Hall in Ipswich. Don’t miss out on this great event this Sunday. Oh and don’t forget your purses – with so many stalls there will be many delights to tempt you!

Mother’s Day SOS?

Need help this Mother’s day to pick an unusual but lovely gift for your wonderful Mum?

 

Well here at Loveone we have plenty to choose from. So don’t fret if you haven’t found something yet – read on for our top suggestions:

 

1) How about picking something from our extensive range of Cowshed products to really pamper and spoil your Mum?

We are particularly liking the ‘Best of the Best’ Giftset, which contains a generous mix of Cowshed’s lifestyle products (inc Soothing Bath & Body oil, Uplifting Bath & Shower gel, relaxing Body lotion, Moisturising Hand cream and 2 candles)  for £40. Don’t hang about though – we currently have 20% off all Cowshed Gift sets so it could be yours for a bargain at £32.

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Or pick any two 300ml bottle combinations and we will throw in a free gift box. Check out our £30 combinations: i) Grubby Cow Handwash and Cowslip Handcream  ii) Dirty Cow Handwash and Cow Pat Handcream

 

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2) Tell your Mum she’s a star – by buying her  a star shaped necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings from our Orelia Jewellery range. Prices from £10.

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3) Surprise her with that perfect scent by exploring our range of candles, diffusers and beauty products from True Grace. Prices start from £14.50.

Perfect for Mum’s are Moroccan Rose (a combination of floral notes and wooden base tones)  or Black Lily (a garden at night – an exotic blend of violets, jasmine, lily and vanilla refreshed by bergamot, vetiver and sandalwood).

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4) Mum’s are never disappointed by jewellery.  The chimed heart necklaces from Tales From the Earth would be an absolute winner. Available in large £32 or small £22.

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5) Go for this seasons must have – a luxurious cashmere scarf from Ochre. A great way to dress up any outfit.  Choose from our beautiful selection of styles. Prices from £40

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6) Pick something from our Azuni jewellery range. Surprise your Mum with the unusual textures, stones and beautiful stand out designs from this amazing range.

We are really loving these new bracelets – £17 but also have necklaces and earrings to choose from.

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7) Select a lovely wooden heart – the simple design means it will look great anywhere. Only £6.50.

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These are just our favourites – we have lots more to choose from, so drop in and see us or give us a call 07711 517787. Plus we have a great range of unusual Mothers Day Cards which are designed and made in Britain. Prices from £2.50.

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Have a great Mother’s Day on Sunday

xx

 

 

 

 

What’s That Smell?!

Today we are looking at Loveone’s range of candles from True Grace. If you want a  fragranced candle which provides ‘An essence of England’ then True Grace is the range for you.  Read on for ‘Thoughts from Cathy’ and the results from our Fragrance Panel!

 

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Thoughts from Cathy: Fragrance or smells are all around us – they can evoke a mood, a feeling, a reaction, even take you back to a place, remind you of a memory or generate a sense of well being.

What’s your favourite or what turns your stomach? Its all so personal. At extremes I love the smell of new books and bookshops but also petrol and fresh coffee! So to select a range of candles for the shop was quite a challenge! I first met the talented candlemakers at True Grace six years ago. Based in Wiltshire, their ethos is “as it should be”. They have captured the essence of the English countryside through their product collections:

The Village – beautiful, honest and memorable The Manor – luxurious, unexpected and complex Walled Garden – flowers, herbs and glasshouses

At Loveone we currently sell 15 different fragrances from florals to vegetables. There are many more in the range – but I’m not sure yet about bonfire as a fragrance!

 

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The newest fragrance to grace our shelves is Black Lily. This new candle evokes a garden at night – an exotic blend of violets, jasmine, lily and vanilla refreshed by bergamot, vetiver and sandalwood.

Within the True Grace range we stock candles in both tins and glass containers, diffusers, scented leaves and hand washes/creams. All are made with the finest ingredients and natural waxes. The pretty glass candle containers are etched and can be reused.

This range is a perfect source of gifts for many occasions especially Mothers Day and Birthdays.

 

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Fragrance Panel Results This week we thought we’d try something a bit different by getting some Loveone friends together to really put the True Grace fragrances to the test.  So our “expert” panel of Alex, Annie, Lindsey, Nicola and myself met at Cathy’s with our noses finely tuned and raring to go! Laid out on the dining room table, Cathy had placed 16 candles (she had sneakily thrown us a red herring by putting in 2 of the same!) . The names of the candles were covered up, and question sheets were at the ready. The panel then went along the line, sniffed each candle and wrote down what they believed the fragrance to be.  Sniffing 16 candles in quick succession was quite overwhelming for the nasal sense buds. But each one had a really distinctive smell – some stronger than others.  Some we thought were better for certain seasons and some we thought were more female or male suited.

 

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Overall we did quite well and we certainly guessed or were very close to a fair few. Some we only got when Cathy told us the answer and we smelt them again. But we all agreed with Cathy’s words above – that likes and dislikes are so personal and really vary from person to person.

Our favourites – 2 Votes for Stem Ginger, 1 Vote for Hyacinth, 1 Vote for Orchard and 1 Vote for Wild Mint Our least favourites – 3 Votes for Cucumber, 1 Vote for Fig and 1 Vote for Moroccan Rose (even though this is one of our best sellers!)

 

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A big thank you to our superb panel – it certainly was a different and enjoyable Monday afternoon. There definitely were a few ‘ooh I must buy that one’ !

Thank you also to Alex for more fantastic Blog photos. Contact her on: www.alexpotter.co.uk or 07885 238282. Or find her on facebook: Alex Potter Photography.

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We’re going Dog Crazy!

Check out our new window display by talented local artist Anna Nyberg and you will see why! If you love Dogs and Cats – then you will love the vibrant and quirky work of Anna.

 

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We have in stock mugs, cards and prints for a wide range of dog breed illustrations including; Bulldog, Chihuahua, Pug, Poodle, Boston Terrier, Dachshund. Plus an assortment of cats and other quirky images.

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Prices range from: Mugs £7 Cards (cats and dogs) £3 Pug cushions £45 Framed prints 33cmx33cm or 39cmx31cm £25

 

Ipswich based Anna has become a frequent favourite of Loveone. She is a regular at the St Peter’s Street markets and made pug cushions for us at Loveone’s Pugfest last year! It was at one of the street markets that Cathy spotted  the new range of cards and mugs and knew she had to get Anna into the shop. Cathy loves the simplicity of the drawings which absolutely capture the essence of the animal, dog or cat!

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Anna Nyberg’s illustrations offer customers a fun but stylish and unique gift – great for yourself or as a unusual present for someone else.

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Happy Valentines Day readers! We hope Cupid’s arrow has struck and you are feeling the love. If you are still looking for that extra special gift then worry not – we have an amazing range of unique gifts which could win over any heart. Just pop in and see us or give us a call – we even do cards and giftwrap so shopping couldn’t be easier.

As today is the day of love and romance, we thought it would be a great time to introduce our jewellery ranges. For us there is something really lovely about wearing unusual jewellery. It can alter the appearance of any outfit, it can be a talking point, it can also make us think about an occasion or someone special – there are so many reasons why we love wearing it.

At Loveone, we stock 5 different ranges of jewellery. Each item has been handpicked by Cathy and we pride ourselves on being able to offer customers a wide and unique selection of necklaces, earrings and bracelets in silver, gold and semi precious stones.

 

Hearts a flutter Designed and made by Loveone’s very own Nicola. This exquisite Freshwater Pearl jewellery offers customers high quality designs which are very different to those found on the High Street. The range includes classic timeless pieces, but also very contemporary designs which really show off that Pearls can come in all different shapes, sizes and colours. Prices start from £15

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Getting Married soon? We have in stock an absolutely stunning Hearts a flutter wedding choker. Perfect for any bride looking for an unusual necklace.

 

 

Orelia This seasons ‘must have’. This pretty yet simple costume jewellery will appeal to all ages. Orelia’s eclectic range of jewellery uses Swarovski crystals, semi precious stones and beautiful charms. The great news is it is incredibly affordable too, with prices starting from only £10.

 

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Azuni For the more arty types among you, then Azuni jewellery will appeal to you. The unusual textures and stones used by Azuni creates beautiful standout designs. Azuni has been one of our favourite ranges for the last 2-3 years. We were obviously onto something, as it is now being worn by the likes of Kate Middleton and X Factor judge Tulisa. Prices starting from £20

 

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Tales From the Earth This beautiful and unusual silver jewellery will make someone a wonderful gift. Tales From the Earth create classic pieces which will want to be worn time and time again.  We especially love the  Chiming Heart necklace, silver guardian angel wings necklace and the unusual skull necklace. Prices start from £15

 

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Love Noel Love Noel is the passion of a Suffolk born lady now living in Spain, who designs and handmakes each item. We have just received in stock some very lovely friendship bracelets with silver and gold charms and 18kt triple laminated  gold “Love” Necklaces. Prices start from only £10.

 

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