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Matching jewellery for you and your friend

Deciding on the perfect gift for your best friend on her birthday can be a little overwhelming – you want to find something that symbolises your friendship, how much you value her and something that she can treasure, all rolled into one gift.

Why not jewellery? It ticks all these boxes, plus you can even purchase two of the same to really represent your friendship.

Here are some ideas:

1. Identical necklaces

The traditional friendship jewellery piece, identical necklaces are a cute and obvious way to always carry a piece of one another around with you. Whether opting for a cute Karen Walker charm necklace or a customised chain with your own choice of pendant, you can get as creative as you want when picking a necklace. 

2. Matching charm bracelets

A modern classic, charm bracelets are becoming more and more popular amongst jewellery-lovers. Although the concept has been circulating for a long time, it has been revitalised as of late and makes for the perfect gift for your friend. Get her started with a chunky chain and a cute charm that symbolises your friendship – and get the same for yourself. 

Another idea with charms is to find one relevant to each of your personalities, and swap – a constant reminder of your bestie and her quirks.

3. Friendship rings

Matching rings is another popular choice due to the variations in colour, style and adornment. Whether you opt for a stacker ring with a cute star or heart on it, or a plain band with an engraving on the inside that's relevant to your friendship, rings are a subtle gift that can be worn every day, and treasured for a lifetime.

Whatever you decide on, Showcase Jewellers has great options that you and your friend will love. Take a look instore or check out what's online to find the perfect symbol of your friendship.

Steal her style: Kim Kardashian

Always flawless, this reality TV star knows exactly what jewellery to pair with her outfits, both on the red carpet and on the high street. Whether she's selecting a glamourous look in order to be camera-ready or rushing to and from engagements, she is always dressed to impress - leaving many of us in awe of how she always looks so incredible!

We review some of Kim Kardashian's most head-turning jewellery choices in this month's Steal Her Style.

1. Statement earrings

No matter if she's looking fabulous at her latest promotional launch or nipping into a waiting car as she dashes from event to event, this Kardashian always accessorises with earrings perfectly. From big, gold hoops to chandelier earrings, her ears are always adorned with stunning, statement items that give her classic look an edgy vibe. Try dangling earrings for a more subtle look or head into a store to view some of our more extravagant pieces. 

2. Chain necklaces

Kim recently told InStyle Magazine that she's a big fan of chunky pieces, and we can see proof of that across the internet – she sure loves big, statement necklaces. Emulate this look with thick gold chains, layers of different necklaces and plenty of charms – the bigger, the better! They are the perfect way to add a little flair to an otherwise casual outfit.

3. Diamond studs

Despite often opting for attention-grabbing earrings when promoting her products and attending events, Kim tends to go for simple diamond studs when running errands, shopping and relaxing at home on the set of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Try this downplayed look for classic, daily glamour – they'll add sparkle to casual outfits without coming across as too much, plus they also carry from morning to night seamlessly – giving you a little glamour no matter where your day takes you.

Your guide to mixing metals

Your shoes and bag should match, never wear black with brown or navy, don't wear more than one pattern, don't mix metals – some rules are made to be broken! Incorporating a range of colours and textures to your home or wardrobe can be a lot of fun. Here are some tips and tricks to mixing metals in your home and with your outfit.

Playing dress up

Stackable jewellery is a popular trend at the moment. Stacking your rings, layering multiple pendants or wearing multiple studs is a great way to look feminine and effortless while still making a statement and looking cool and chic. 

When shopping for rings, be sure to pick out dainty thin bands in a range of metals. If you want to mix it up a bit, play with texture – find a twisted ring, a plain one, and one that has a pattern etched into it. When you're feeling more bold, find statement rings in a range of metals with different gems and design features on each one. 

You can even find some lovely pieces, such as necklaces and bracelets, that weave together mixed metals for a distinctive look.

Home sweet home

Metal pieces throughout your home can make for striking decor. Brass light fixtures, nickel faucets and chrome kitchen appliances are all wonderful additions to your home.

In fact, your lighting is a great opportunity to add metal to your home. If you want a more industrial space, a stand alone lamp with a big shade along with a golden coffee table bowl or vase is a cool option. Alternatively, if you're after a vintage look, find a golden gilded mirror, a silver chandelier and fill a cabinet with antique jars, jugs and goblets.

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