Mother’s Day Giveaway!

As a special treat for all the lovely Mums out there, Harrington & Hallworth Wilmslow, have teamed up with the girls at The Mustard Seed florists and have a gorgeous bouquet of flowers to give away for Mother’s Day!

In order to be in with a chance of winning this lovely prize, all you need to do is follow the Harrington & Hallworth Facebook page, like the post and comment on the post what makes your mum special to you! You must be able to collect the flowers from our Harrington & Hallworth showroom in Wilmslow on Saturday 10th March. We look forward to reading your lovely stories!

Terms and Conditions

  1. Harrington & Hallworth are giving away a bunch of hand tied flowers. Please note the flowers will differ from those in the picture.
  2. To be in with a chance of winning you must like the Harrington & Hallworth Facebook page and comment on the post before 2pm on Friday 9th March.
  3. A winner will be selected at random on Friday 9th March at 3pm and contacted via private message.
  4. You must be available to collect the bouquet from Kate at our Wilmslow showroom, 62 Grove Street, Wilmslow, SK9 1DS
  5. The flowers will be available from 10am on Saturday 10th March until 4pm.
  6. You may have a representative collect them on your behalf but this must be prearranged and the name given.
  7. Should you be unable to collect the flowers on Saturday then you forfeit the above and another winner we be selected at random until someone is available.
  8. There is no cash alternative prize.
  9. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook.
  10. Flowers will be provided by The Mustard Seed, Laurel House, Springwood Way, Macclesfield, SK10 2XA www.the-mustard-seed-florist.co.uk

Wedding Trends

Wedding trends

The second in our series of short articles where you can catch up on the hottest trends for wedding jewellery this year.

Copper features

Rose gold continues to feature heavily in everything from designer shoes and handbags to tea light holders, so it’s perhaps no surprise that we will see more copper tones in our wedding themes and decorations this year. With copper coloured cups, cutlery, chairs and lighting, this look is perfectly suited to an autumn wedding. If you’d like to match your jewellery with your rose gold theme you’re really spoilt for choice, with everything from necklaces to rings and earrings, all of which will offer really subtle warm tones next to your skin. For a more traditional idea you could opt for a rose gold locket and keep your loved ones close to you on your big day.

 

Keep watching this space for more wedding ring trends in the coming weeks, including an article about lucky pearls.

Wedding Trends

Wedding Trends

Follow this series of short articles to catch up on the hottest trends for wedding jewellery this year

Violet purple flowers

Pantone have released their colour of the year and this is always a big indicator of what’s to come in wedding trends. Last year’s trend was greenery and brides opted for green decor for their tables, installations and bouquets – you may remember seeing all the succulent plants on Pinterest. This year’s colour has been announced as Ultra Violet Purple (our Wilmslow manager’s favourite colour!) so we expect to see lots of purple floral inspiration and themes this year. If you are a trendy 2018 bride then why not include purple in your wedding jewellery? This very special tanzanite piece would be sure to make a statement framed by your white wedding gown.

 

Watch this space for more wedding ring trends in the coming weeks, including a piece about copper features.

February Birthstone – Amethyst

This month’s birthstone

Amethyst

Amethyst is the birthstone for February and rather than just talking about the stone itself it gives me an opportunity to tell you about a watch I like very much and which features amethyst – the Chopard Imperiale. The rose gold models of the Imperiale have an Amethyst set in the winding crown and the Chopard logo is also in that luscious violet colour.

Stone of emperors

Amethyst has long been associated with emperors and empires and this is very much reflected in the design elements of the watch, with its Roman numerals on the dial and sword-shaped hands reminiscent of the tapered daggers worn by sovereigns and rulers. Look more closely at the mother-of-pearl dial and you will see that there is a finely engraved pattern similar in design to an Imperial rug found in the Tsar’s palace in Moscow after the Russian revolution.

Sacred to the Buddha

Amethyst is believed to have several mystical properties. The ancient Greeks had drinking vessels carved out of this precious member of the quartz family as it was believed to protect the owner from drunkenness. Tibetans believe the stone to be sacred to the Buddha and carve prayer beads from it. And medieval European soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle in the belief that amethysts would heal them and keep them cool-headed during the heat of combat. Whether or not you believe the charming folklore surrounding amethyst, there is no denying the beauty of this precious violet gem.

Written by Paul Millett

 

Engagement ring trends

 

4.    Yellow gold

The most traditional colour of gold has never really been out of fashion but looks to be really trending for 2018. Judging by the fashion awards in December last year, silver hues will continue to be a staple, with platinum and diamond set jewellery still being the most popular. However, whilst platinum may have had the limelight for some time now, you will be seeing more and more yellow gold – thanks to the ‘Markle Effect’. Prince Harry reportedly chose yellow gold knowing about Meghan’s love for the tone and colour. Both yellow and rose gold have grown in popularity over the past year offering warmer hues for different skin tones. Mixing your metals will also be trending in 2018.

 

Did you know? – Gold is the only metal that is naturally yellow. Other metals can turn yellow or become golden coloured, but only after they have been oxidised or reacted with chemicals.

Engagement Ring Trends

3.    Fancy yellow diamonds

At first thought you might not associate yellow diamonds with engagement rings, but choosing this colour is becoming more and more popular. Celebrities such as Nikki Minaj, Kelly Clarkson and Heidi Klum all wear a yellow diamond and the signs are it will be a big trend in 2018. They are the most common of all the coloured diamonds, but the range of colour is quite large and, as with colourless diamonds, no two yellow diamonds will be exactly the same.

 

Did you know? – the largest yellow diamond is owned by Tiffany and Co and is called the Tiffany Diamond. It was discovered in the Kimberley Mine in South Africa in 1878 and cut by 23-year-old George Frederick Kunz, who studied the stone for a year. In its rough form it weighed an astonishing 287.42 carats and was eventually cut into a 90-facet antique cushion cut. The diamond has only ever been worn by two women in its lifetime – by Mrs. Sheldon Whitehouse at the 1957 Tiffany Ball held at Newport on Rhode Island and by Audrey Hepburn for publicity photos for the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

2018 Engagement Ring Trends

2.    Oval cut diamonds

Oval diamonds have become increasingly popular with celebrities and the trend is predicted to continue into 2018. Serena Williams, Blake Lively and Kirsten Dunst have all fallen for the oval cut. What many people might not realise is that elongated diamond cuts often appear larger when compared to the same size round or square shapes. This size illusion can also make the finger look slightly longer and more slender.

 

Did you know? – Oval diamonds were first mentioned in literature in the 1800s. Possibly the world’s most famous oval diamond, the Koh-I-Noor, was presented to Queen Victoria in 1850. It was said that ‘whoever owned the Koh-I-Noor ruled the world’. Weighing 105.60 carats, it was later set into the Queen Mother’s crown and can now be seen in the Tower of London.

Another Talented Sanchez

 

As Manchester United look close to sealing the deal with forward, Alexis Sanchez this month, we would like to point out that he won’t be the only talented ‘Sanchez’ in Manchester. He also shares the name with our very own award winning Arabian, Aja Sanchez, owned by Alf Hallworth.

Harrington & Hallworth Director, Alf Hallworth has long had a passion outside of the business for horses. He has enjoyed continued success with his now established purebred breeding programme with new mares recently added to the breeding barn. All their horses possess show-stopping ‘pizzazz’ which is crucial in their experience, to gain success in the show-ring and this is combined with superb temperaments and of course, extraordinary beauty.

The stallion, Sanchez, has had significant success in the show-ring including Supreme Champion of the North West Younsgtock Show as well as Male Champion at the North Western Show. He exhibits his sire’s explosive trot and has a superb conformation and a short, dished head with fabulous ears and large eyes.

We wish Alexis good fortune in his career!

 

TAG Heuer: a personal view, by Harry Pulfer

My experiences with TAG Heuer

Early in my career at Harrington & Hallworth I had the opportunity to meet with my local TAG Heuer representative. He signed me up to their online training, which not only helped me to learn about their collection but also featured an in-depth history of the brand. I still visit the site frequently to increase my overall score and position on the world TAG Heuer Ranking (I’m currently in 33rd place).

Why I love the brand

While doing my TAG Heuer training I learned that the brand was founded in 1860 by Edouard Heuer when he was just 20 years old. Edouard showed that with hard work, determination and a little bit of obsession he could create an empire which would be recognised internationally – an attitude which made me a big fan of the brand. It was his obsession with precision which prompted him to open his first workshop, in which he created and patented some of watchmaking’s key components, many of which are still used today.

My favourite watch

My favourite TAG Heuer creation would have to be the TAG Heuer Carrera, which features the Heuer 01 movement as well as a black skeletonised dial. The Heuer 01 movement is an in-house movement, which means every single part is designed, created and assembled by TAG Heuer. The skeletonised dial complements the movement, as it allows the wearer to see and appreciate the fine craftsmanship that has gone into creating this piece of art.

Something for everyone

TAG Heuer’s avant-garde approach to watchmaking has allowed the company to create a very large and diverse collection of timepieces. There is a watch for everyone, from the sports-driven young man and woman to the hardworking and successful businessperson.

My favourite interesting TAG Heuer facts

 

The automatic chronograph

When TAG Heuer set out to create the first automatic chronograph movement they realised it could be a very lengthy and expensive process, so they decided to join forces with Breitling, Büren and Dubois-Depraz – not just to share the costs but also to make the most of their combined knowledge, experience and expertise. The four companies worked together secretly under the name ‘Project 99’ and in 1969 successfully created the first automatic chronograph. TAG Heuer then set themselves apart from their co-developers by placing the movement in a square case. Thus the famous TAG Heuer Monaco was born.

The Swiss smart watch

During the annual Basel watch convention in 2015, TAG Heuer announced a new partnership with Intel and Android to create the first Swiss smart watch. The TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 allows the wearer to become a watch creator by designing their very own dial to suit their mood. Its many features include receiving emails and calls and keeping track of your step count. The watch is considered a mini computer on your wrist.

The name for sports

TAG Heuer has always been closely associated with sports and this has resulted in many notable partnerships with sporting organisations and figures. The brand is the official timekeeper for several different football leagues across the globe, including the English Premier League, La Liga, Major League Soccer and The Bundesliga. TAG Heuer also has partnerships with the international rugby sevens and several motor racing sports, and like most famous companies, has signed up well known sports personalities who act as ambassadors for the brand, including NFL and New England Patriots superstar Tom Brady.

Thanks for reading, Harry.

2018 Engagement Ring Trends

Engagement ring trends

If you think a ring might be on the cards this year, then you might want to point your loved one this way. In our Engagement Ring Trends mini-blogs we will cover fashionable shapes, the ‘in’ colour and celebrity favourites. We’ll also be dropping a little interesting ‘Did you know?’ into each blog.

Platinum and diamond three stone diamond ring.

1.    Three-stone rings

After the announcement of HRH Prince Harry’s engagement to American actress Meghan Markle, it’s hardly surprising that three-stone rings are going to be at the top of the list of would-be fiancées. We are completely in love with Meghan’s ring. The centre diamond is a cushion cut that Prince Harry chose specially for her and the jeweller then set two round brilliant diamonds either side of it using stones from Diana’s collection of jewellery. The end result is a truly beautiful bespoke piece.

Did you know? – three-stone, or trilogy rings are said to represent your past, present and future as a couple, making choosing a three-stone engagement ring even more romantic.