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  • Mode Coaching: What’s the season trend for FW14?

    With summer soon to set and the kids back to school, it’s time to think about what the fashion big houses (and the stores we can afford) have prepared for us this fall. No worries, you won’t have to look too far, we’ve summed up the main fashion colors and jewelry trends for you to choose in order to look super stylish during the coming season. Get ready to ward off winter gloom in pretty palettes and flashes of glittery gold!

    Grey is one of the absolute dominants of the coming season. Versatile and neutral, it definitely works well for everyone at every occasion. Sangria is also unquestionably a noteworthy shade when talking about the fashion trends of this winter. Store racks are already filled with beautiful pieces in this luscious hue. The designers also opted for impressive and grand designs in misty yellow.

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    For jewelry, the trend is definitely going for bulky and catchy jewelry as seen on Céline, Dior or Louis Vuitton catwalks. You can invest if you haven’t  already , in chunky chains that can be worn alone for a statement style that stay discreet or layered together for a bolder silhouette such as Chanel or Moschino models. Choker necklaces are still firmly present this season and are decorated (?) with catchy crystals, interesting floral notes or baroque style. Statement bangles and cuffs are no doubt an ongoing trend and will uplift any outfits. What’s more? Celebrities such as Emma Watson or Jennifer Lawrence have embraced the single-ear statement earring on the red carpet and so can you to add a young and fresh asymmetric spin to your style.

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  • Meet our designer: 5 Octobre

    Discover the latest and hottest arrivals from 5 OCTOBRE, our new Parisian addition! Each piece is subtle but still gives a certain extra to a plain outfit: each necklace, ring or bracelet is wearable for an everyday look and can also be combined and stacked. We love that 5 Octobre jewelry are handcrafted in France and they are not bank-beakers!

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    From the start, 5 Octobre's creations have been regularly featured on the French fashion magazines such as Elle, Cosmopolitan, Glamour

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    Discover the designer behind the brand here
  • Get inspired: Marie-Laure Chamorel Silk Tie Necklace

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    This is the statement silk tie necklace that is the easiest to throw on! All you need is a basic T-shirt and denim (and who does not have that in their wardrobe) and the necklace will do the rest: it will zero to hero your style in a flash!  We love the chic, bohemian feel and are eager to share some of our favorite looks from casual to cocktail. What do you think?

    MLC Silk Tie Necklace Blog Collage

    MLC Silk Tie Necklace Blog Cocktail Collage

  • The Real Midas Touch: Only Then the French Would Call It “Plaqué Or” or “Gold-Plated”

    When we buy a piece of jewelry, we expect a certain quality and standard, often bouncing it in our hand to feel its weight. While gold is one of the most standardized materials these days, a long way from the days of alchemy and trickery, the benchmarks vary hugely from country to country. In this supposed era of globalization, the world unfortunately hasn’t had the time to harmonize these standards to simplify the life of our consumers.

    While comfortably sipping a cup of tea in front of your computer, you can easily purchase the necklace to go perfectly with your outfit from the other side of the planet. But do you really know what standard it’s made to? After looking through tons of information and discussing with professionals in the industry (aren’t you glad we did all the walking?), the team at Nuage is happy to share what we have learned. We’ll attempt to clarify and give you brief, but crucial points regarding the world of plated jewelry.

     

    Purity

    Did you know that 10-karat gold (41.7% pure gold) can be legally marked as gold jewelry in the United States, with 14k (58.3% pure gold) being the most popular purity? Whereas 9k is all it takes in the U.K. and various other countries have an even lower minimum of only 8k (that’s only 33% pure gold)! In France (also in Italy and Switzerland), 18k is the lowest permissible purity, well above the minimum in other places and beyond the popular 14k used in most fashion jewelry sold elsewhere in the world. You are in safe hands at Nuage as all products come from France, with a number of designers using the highest purity of 24k (99.9% pure gold).

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    Thickness

    Ok, we now have some grasp on purity but what about the classification of gold-plating? As you might have guessed, it also varies from one country to another. To start off with, gold-plating thickness is measured in microns (μ), with 1000 microns = 1mm. Once again, it looks like France is most stringent with this respect. In France, we can only call a piece “plaqué or” (gold-plated) if a piece of jewelry is covered with at least 3μ of gold. Otherwise, we can only label it as “doré” (literally “golden” or “gold flashed” or “gold washed” in more technical terms). In the U.S. or the U.K. however, that seemingly equivalent term “gold-plated” only requires a legal minimum of 0.5μ. You can even call it “heavy gold-plated” as long as it reaches 2.5μ thick in those countries, thinner than what the French would even define as plated!

    Is the thickness of the gold-plating that important for the fashion jewelry, you ask? The thicker the gold is, the more resistant your beloved jewelry will be to discoloration and scratching due to wear and tear.

     

    After all, pure gold is valued for its shine, stability and solidity since ancient times. We continue to ensure quality by offering “haute fantaisie” jewelry, as luxury fashion jewelry is called. Analogous to a piece of haute couture clothing, you can cherish and recognize it for its quality and craftsmanship and it will last in your jewelry box for a long time to come!

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