What happens when you place an order with LoveLoops?

Posted by Maree Harper on

Let me talk you through the process of what happens once you have completed your order online.

Firstly, I receive a notification on my phone from Shopify as soon you have completed checkout, this is when I do a little dance and say a wee thank you for your order!  Next, I receive an email confirming your order details.  Around this time, you also receive an email confirming your order.

When your order is received the first thing I do is check that the engraving details are clear, if there is anything I am unsure of I contact you via mobile or email.  We have made sure the personalisation options are as easy as possible to fill in so it’s not very often I would need to get in contact.

Once I am happy that everything looks great I send you an email with an approximate dispatch date.  The dispatch date is usually within 1-7 days for LoveHearts or around 7-10 working days for Loops.  I hold a stock of silver LoveHearts with initials and symbols so I can get these ones out immediately.

Next up is getting your order ready for the engraver, I print out your order and highlight the engraving, placing of lettering and the size of loop, this needs to be crystal clear as we cannot make any spelling mistakes!  Mistakes are as rare as hen’s teeth as the engravers go through four checks before they make the template ready for the master hand engraver to do his work.  Occasionally we have Dad’s putting incorrect children’s birthdates which is such a shame as there is no way to fix this, a new loop needs to be made.  Once the loops and hearts are engraved they are blackened or left plain.  If you are having the 18ct gold fill they need to go to the Goldsmith for this finishing touch, my goldsmith also polishes the loops and adds the links.

My engraver and goldsmith are both based in the South Island and I am based in the North Island so my orders are emailed through twice a week.  Once the engravers and goldsmiths have finished making your beautiful LoveLoops they go through quality checks before they are sent back to me by overnight courier. Once I have them I also quality check the loops to make sure they are 100% perfect in every way.

Then it’s the fun part, I add your chain and package your LoveLoops in our gorgeous jewellery boxes, white boxes with gold logo for gold LoveLoops and black boxes with silver logo for sterling silver.

I love taking photos of your jewellery and I enjoy trying to come up with different backdrops, more often than not against a beautiful flower or an outdoor scene.  I live in a rural area so I have a lot of inspiration and fun creating the shots.  What do you think would be a good back drop for LoveLoops?

The last step is couriering your LoveLoops with the overnight courier, you receive an email to say they are on their way with the tracking number. Then you excitedly wait for the postie to deliver your gorgeous new LoveLoops so you can show them off to all of your friends and family!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Bridesmaids

Posted by Maree Harper on

With Wedding season upon us it got me thinking about Bridesmaids and the history and how they even came about?    

I came across some weird and funny traditions when I did a search, here are just a few:

There was a lot of shoe-throwing in the old days. In Anglo-Saxon times the groom “symbolically" struck the bride with a shoe to “establish his authority.” Brides would throw shoes at their bridesmaids (instead of a bouquet) to see who would marry next. Whoever caught it would throw her shoe at the men, and the first guy hit would be the one to wed.

Ancient Roman law required 10 witnesses to be present at a wedding, which is considered a precursor to the bridal party tradition. Bridesmaids and groomsmen had to dress just like the bride and groom to confuse vengeful spirit presences (or real-life jealous suitors) who might try to harm the newlyweds.

Part of the job was to walk carefully: If a bridesmaid stumbled on the way to the altar, the superstition was that she would never marry.

Nowadays, people have bridesmaids for all sorts of reasons. For some people, it's a way to incorporate close relatives into your ceremony. For others, it's about making your friends part of your special day and some choose to forgo bridesmaids all together. Being a Bridesmaid is a real privilege and should make you feel very loved and fortunate to play a large part in the Bride and Grooms day.

Traditionally Bridesmaids organise the hen’s party which these days is far from just a boozy night out with the girls.   Lavish weekends away to a beautiful beach or lake to be pampered in preparation for the big day are high on the agenda.

The Bride will often buy a keepsake for her Bridesmaids to commemorate their special day and jewellery makes the perfect gift.

Our LoveHearts are dainty and delicate and can be engraved with the Bridesmaids initial, priced from just $89. Shop the collection here.

 

 

Rose Gold Love Heart

Silver Love Heart

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I absolutely love, love, love Christmas!

Posted by Maree Harper on

I absolutely love, love, love Christmas!  

I start writing my gift list for the children and family months in advance and the list just grows from there.  I tend to set a budget for Ruby and Flynn with 1 main present each and then a few toys and clothes under the tree.  The worst bit is having to wait up for excited Children to fall asleep so that the Santa sack can be snuck in, sometimes I give up waiting and go to bed, then set the alarm to go off around 3am!

I’ve been a bit stuck this year with gifts ideas so I have been enjoying the Christmas catalogues that have been coming out.  Check out this great shopping guide in the OHBaby! Magazine for some inspiration, http://ohba.by/2A2QzcR

Our dainty LoveHeart necklaces are the perfect gift for any age, and starting from just $89 they make a great stocking filler and like all of our necklaces they come in our gorgeous LoveLoops jewellery box.

https://www.loveloops.co.nz/collections/loveletters-necklace-sets/products/loveletters-silver-heart-necklace

I really enjoy having Christmas at home and I get great pleasure in planning the menu (also done weeks in advance).  We always have a Christmas lunch which includes Ham on the bone, various salads and whatever we have growing in our garden – new potatoes, beetroot, beans, peas, pumpkin.  Although I love preparing our lunch I don’t like being stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is enjoying their presents and beverages or swimming in the pool.  I make sure my menu is focused on food that can be prepared in advance then all that leaves is the ham to cook, veggies on the boil and a tasty platter to whip up on the day.

We always have a real tree and it is a family tradition that we must all go to pick it.   When it comes to decorating the tree I’m happy for the kids to help out, I don’t worry about how ornaments are placed, I let the kids go wild (and no I don’t go back and re arrange everything).

Often Mum’s are so busy looking after everyone else at this time of year they forget that Christmas is for them too!  Make sure you spoil yourself this Christmas or leave a hint with hubby and the kids to make sure they know you would love a LoveLoop this Christmas. It doesn’t matter how big or small your family is there are options for everyone.  You can have as many Loops as you like when looped straight onto the chain or up to five when attached to a link.

Adria is wearing our Darling set in yellow gold.

https://www.loveloops.co.nz/collections/necklaces/products/darling-gold-loveloop-set

Darling 9 carat yellow gold LoveLoop and chain set

Our LoveLoops aren’t just for the people we love, they also symbolise the love we have for our four-legged friends; the perfect way to celebrate the unbreakable bond we have with our ponies or pets.  What a great Christmas gift idea, our PonyLoops collection includes our new PonyLoops jewellery boxes.

https://www.loveloops.co.nz/collections/new-ponyloops-collection/products/delight-silver-loveloops-set

LoveLoops PonyLoops Delight sterling silver set

I do hope you have a wonderful Christmas and are lucky enough to spend it with family. 

Bring on summer!

Lots of love Maree x

Merry Christmas from LoveLoops engraved in NZ from precious metals

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6 unique ways to celebrate Mother’s Day

Posted by Adria Green on

Flowers and chocolates are a good ol’ fashioned favourite for almost every occasion (think Valentine’s Day, Birthdays, Anniversaries) – but what about something a bit outside of the square, something more unique… something your Mum will actually remember? We’ve put together a list of our favourites to help you celebrate with your Mum this Mother’s Day.

 

  1. Homemade cards

Another oldie but a goodie, homemade cards are super sentimental, a fun activity for Dad to do with the kids and will put a massive smile on Mum’s face.

 

  1. Start a new tradition – take a family photo

Every Mum loves a family photo, and how often do you pause to get everyone in the same spot at the same time? Why not make it a new tradition, every year rally the family and get them all in the photo (might need a refresher on how to work the self-timer on the camera) and each year your Mum will get an updated family photo to hang on the wall.

 

  1. A new family heirloom

Get your Mum something that will be treasured for generations to come – a stunning LoveLoop to commemorate the bond with her children makes the perfect gift. Personalised and adaptable for all of life’s new additions.

 

  1. Breakfast in bed

A traditional Sunday cook up or a simple bowl of muesli – your choice but don’t skimp on the trimmings to make it extra special! Orange juice and coffee is a must, with a handpicked flower in a jar of water on the side of the tray that will really makes mum’s day.

  

  1. Slave for a day

Mum runs around after you 364 days of the year (or 365 if it’s a leap year!) so why not give her a rest today… from everything! All those jobs that mum would normally do for you – cooking, washing, vacuuming – now is your time to shine!

  

  1. Scrapbook a page for your mum

Feeling crafty? Combine photos and memories of you and Mum into a beautiful scrapbook for her to treasure. You could add to it each year with new memories as another new family tradition.

 

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Trending Baby Names 2017

Posted by Trudie Scott-Walker on

Here at LoveLoops we engrave so many baby names that we think we have a pretty good idea of the names we'll see trending in New Zealand and Australia in 2017. These may not be the most common names this year, but the names that are becoming more popular. It's an interesting mix of classic names and newer twists. Here are our predictions:
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