Rodney’s 12 Recommendations of Christmas

Buyer Advice and Information

It’s that time of year again. December has arrived, and Christmas is not far behind, so perhaps you’re looking for a Christmas gift for someone special – or you want to treat yourself. As a Banks Lyon version of the ‘12 days of Christmas’, I’ve put together six pieces of jewellery and six watches which I believe will make the perfect gifts this festive season. My 12 recommendations of Christmas span a vast range of styles, from contemporary to more traditional, as well as budgets.

Beautiful Jewellery for Everyone

At Banks Lyon, you can find expertly crafted jewellery on finance that truly is the ultimate in elegance, sophistication and luxury.

1. Shaun Leane – Silver and Diamond Tusk Suite

Shaun Leane’s Signature Tusk Suite is the perfect combination of evocative, contemporary and sleek, and each piece in this collection is both jewellery and art. The silhouette in the collection is a powerful expression of the House’s heritage and DNA. The slickness of the Tusk aesthetic originates from Shaun Leane’s iconic Tusk Earring; which debuted in Alexander McQueen’s 1996 Hunger collection. Primal, yet elegant, each Tusk piece is undeniably Shaun Leane.

The Silver and Diamond Crossover Tusk Earrings (image) are reimagined from that original concept. With a feminine curve and touch of shimmering diamonds, these beautiful earrings are graceful and a timeless luxury gift.

The Silver and Diamond Tusk Ring is crafted in sterling silver with a diamond-set tip in 0.08 carat and is just as contemporary as the earrings. A gorgeous and wearable piece that can be combined with other rings in the collection, this ring will make a wonderful gift this Christmas. If that special woman in your life prefers bangles, then the Silver and Diamond Signature Tusk Bracelet may be the perfect gift. This bracelet is a modern classic, features a diamond-set tip and is stackable, perfect for mixing with other bangles in the collection; its design blends minimalism with curves and is accented with a flash of white diamonds. Everyday luxury at its best.

2. Marco Bicego – Africa 18k Yellow Gold and Raw Diamond Collar

Marco Bicego has been creating fine jewellery since 2000, incorporating the best of Italian craftsmanship and contemporary design. His ‘Africa’ collection is characterised by bold spheres of several shapes and sizes, working together to create a balanced aesthetic that is light and fluid. The striking 18k Yellow Gold and Raw Diamond Collar reflects the luxurious allure of raw diamonds and highlights the beautiful 18k gold boules. Each diamond has been certified by the Kimberley Process to make sure that they’re completely conflict-free.

3. Banks Lyon – Rainbow Suite

Perfect for adding a splash of colour to any winter wardrobe, Banks Lyon’s Rainbow Suite is an arresting collection. This sparkling range features 18ct white gold, beautifully contrasted with multi-coloured princess and round-cut sapphires.

The stunning Rainbow Sapphire and Diamond Hoop Earrings are ideal for the woman who enjoys making a statement. Fashionable and elegant, the intense rainbow of colours in the centre of this piece (totalling 0.79 carats) only adds to the sparkling array of diamonds either side. If you seek a necklace, our Rainbow Sapphire and Diamond Drop Pendant is a fantastic choice. Bright and beautiful and displaying a beautiful cornucopia of colours, this piece shows off eight princess-cut sapphires totalling 0.85 carats, bordered by brilliant-cut diamonds.

The Multi Sapphire and Diamond Double Row Rainbow Dress Ring (image) is another piece that is perfect for the bold woman who doesn’t do ‘boring’. The double row of multi-coloured princess-cut sapphires total 1.94 carats and the three rows of dazzling brilliant-cut diamonds make this ring a one-of-a-kind jewellery piece that any modern woman will be proud to wear. Because no outfit can be complete without a bracelet, why not gift a White Gold Sapphire and Diamond Rainbow Bangle to that special someone? With a substantial 3.70 carats of sapphires and 0.68 carats of diamonds, this unique bangle is flattering to any wrist and an exceptional finishing touch to our Rainbow Suite collection.

4. Banks Lyon – Pre-Owned Kutchinsky Platinum and Diamond Cluster Drop Earrings

Magnificently crafted in the finest 950 platinum and set with a combination of brilliant, pear- and marquise-cut diamonds totalling 12.00 carats, this stunning pair of earrings is perfect as a gift for someone who appreciates timeless beauty. Manufactured by Kutchinsky of London, these Platinum and Diamond Cluster Drop Earrings sparkle with a spectacular brilliance, ensuring they’re always noticeable.

One feature that makes this piece unique is the detachable tremblant drop of eight mixed-cut diamonds. Each diamond has been claw-set for freedom of movement and to allow as much light as possible to enter each stone. Additionally, each diamond is certified as E colour and VVS1 clarity.

5. Messika – Move Uno Earrings

Messika is well-known for their elegant jewellery, and these Move Uno Earrings are no exception. Ideal as an everyday piece or as part of evening wear, these versatile earrings are also perfect for the office or the boardroom. The pared-down style makes it a favourite among women who wish to add a touch of quiet sophistication to their wardrobe.

The 18ct white gold pavés are set with a brilliant-cut diamond in motion, and the beautiful G colour, as well as SI1 clarity, make these earrings a piece that can suit any style.

6. Banks Lyon – 18ct Rose Gold Opal and Diamond Pendant

Opal is a beautiful gemstone that diffracts light to showcase a gorgeous array of colours. Because of this, each opal is unique, meaning any piece of jewellery that contains this stone will also be unique. At Banks Lyon, you can find a stunning Rose Gold Opal and Diamond Pendant that will offer a classic aesthetic that complements any wardrobe.

Displaying rich tones of green and red, this oval opal takes centre stage of 27 dazzling brilliant-cut diamonds set in an 18ct rose gold mount, totalling 0.83 carats. The 18ct rose gold chain finishes the pendant beautifully, especially with the four small round-cut diamonds set in rub-over settings.

Elegant and Sophisticated Watches

When it comes to timepieces, our watches on finance are a cut above the rest. You can purchase an unforgettable Christmas gift at Banks Lyon by choosing one of our remarkable watches, each expertly crafted to the highest industry standards.

7. Omega – Trésor de Ville Quartz Watch

Omega know how to create beautiful watches for women. In this new collection, each timepiece has been crafted with pure contemporary design in mind. The slim 36mm case of this Trésor de Ville Quartz watch is made from stainless steel and features diamond paving that curves along each side, as well as a crown that has been polished with red HyCeram and set with a single diamond.

The lacquered blue dial provides a stunning contrast to the Roman numeral and rhodium-plated hands. The watch possesses a calibre 4061, which sits behind a mirrored caseback with a ‘Her Time’ pattern. A watch that any woman can wear during the day as well as in the evening.

8. IWC – Portugieser Automatic Watch

The Portugieser collection is a style icon and this Portugieser Automatic model is one of the most popular and successful ever produced by IWC. The balanced dial design still maintains the classic appeal of the original model, which was first manufactured in the 1930s. Ideal for any modern gent who is passionate about heritage, this watch won’t disappoint.

The pawls, automatic wheel and rotor beating in the legendary Pellaton winding system are crafted from wear-resistant ceramic, and two barrels build up the impressive 7-day power reserve complication. Due to how comfortable the watch feels against the skin, even on slimmer wrists, it is popular as an everyday piece.

Available with a 42.3mm red gold case, silver-plated dial and solid gold appliqués, as well as a transparent sapphire-glass back, this watch is a true masterpiece of haute horlogerie.

9. Breitling – Navitimer 8 Chronograph Blue Dial Steel Bracelet Watch

The new Bretiling Navitimer 8 is made for adventure and inspired by vintage Breitling watches. Forged in 316L stainless steel with a sapphire front and water resistance of up to 100m, this timepiece is the perfect companion for the gent who loves the outdoors but is just as comfortable in the boardroom.

The Navitimer 8 features day-date and 24-hour power reserve complications, as well as a chronograph function. The self-winding movement of this model is C.O.S.C.-certified. Sophisticated and practical, this watch makes a wonderful Christmas gift that will be treasured forever.

10. Hublot – Classic Fusion Titanium 38mm Watch

Hublot are driven by a spirit of innovation, with each timepiece bridging the gap between watchmaking tradition and modernity. The brand is known for creating high-performance watches by fusing unusual elements, such as carbon, tantalum and ceramic, with more conventional ones, like gold and stainless steel.

This Classic Fusion Titanium 38mm watch is a perfect example of how Hublot invest in high-quality pieces but never compromises on design or style. With a light blue dial, this ladies’ watch houses a HUB1110 self-winding movement with a 42-hour power reserve complication. It also features a satin-finished and polished titanium case with a bezel set with 36 diamonds weighing 1.20 carats.

The watch is complete with a satin-finished bracelet with a deployant buckle clasp.

11. TAG Heuer – Link Quartz 32mm Watch

With a determination to push boundaries and overcome technological limitations, TAG Heuer are known for crafting watches with unmatched precision. This ladies’ Link Quartz watch has been designed with both performance and aesthetics in mind, and will effortlessly take that special lady in your life from day to night.

Comfort and elegance collide in this stunning timepiece, which is powered by a quartz movement, one of the most reliable and accurate ever made in Switzerland. Complete with a polished stainless case and strap, a delicate pink mother-of-pearl dial and water resistance of up to 100 metres, this Link model is the perfect accessory – and a delightful Christmas gift.

12. Bremont – ALT1-ZT/51 GMT Chronograph Watch

Bremont have strong ties to military aviation and are renowned for their superior quality timepieces. While a relatively new luxury watchmaking brand, Bremont’s intense precision and pragmatic design, as well as hand-assembled movements, have allowed them to stand out in the horological world.

The ALT1-ZT/51 GMT Chronograph watch is the perfect gift for the gent who appreciates a heritage founded in British engineering and aviation. Iconic, clutter-free and highly legible, this model is inspired by earlier GMT chronographs and possesses an aesthetic that will stand the test of time. The piece comes with 42 hours of power reserve and the Bremont-modified ETA 7750 C.O.S.C. movement can be seen via the transparent sapphire case back.

The beautiful and sophisticated pieces in my 12 recommendations of Christmas list will undoubtedly be a delightful surprise that your loved one will treasure forever. Should you wish to see our vast selection of watches and jewellery, all of which can also make wonderful gifts this festive season, visit us in Lancaster or Kendal.