Eternity Jewellers

Not all of us have an endless supply of money to go all out when it comes to custom-designed jewellery, so if you're looking for high-quality jewellery that is within your budget, then you should check out Eternity Jewellers. They're situated just outside the city, in the heartland of the world's largest producer of gold and gem-grade diamonds, so you know you'll be getting the best quality possible. Other than custom jewellery design, they also offer a whole range of other services including bespoke CAD 3D design and manufacturing, gemstone sales, general jewellery repairs and resizing, antique jewellery valuations, moulding, casting and polishing services – the list goes on.

Details: 082 447 3220 or 011 867 4312 | www.emj.co.za | [email protected]

By Design Jewellers

So, you have found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Now it's time to find the perfect ring. Whether you're getting ready to pop the question or want to create custom wedding rings to place on your partner's ring finger as you promise your vows to one another, By Design Jewellers is ready and waiting to assist. They're passionate about engagement and wedding celebrations and would love to create the perfect rings specifically suited to your personal styles. While rings are their main focus, they also stock a wide range of products and services to provide you with an all-round jewellery service.

Details: 011 486 1486 | www.bydesignjewellers.co.za | [email protected] | Shop 133, Killarney Mall, Johannesburg

Jewellery Connection

There's something more meaningful and personal about getting your engagement or wedding rings custom designed to your exact specifications. It's actually rather romantic that one goes out of their way to create a ring they know you'll absolutely love. With this in mind, Jewellery Connection offers a variety of custom jewellery options for you to check out. Whether you want the perfect engagement ring designed for the perfect partner, personalised cufflinks for your husband-to-be, or want to have a special wedding band set made just for you, Jewellery Connection can bring your visions to life.

Details: 011 622 1066 or 083 777 0050 | www.jewelleryconnection.co.za | [email protected] | 04 Marula Place, Bedfordview, Johannesburg

 

Vikara Diamond Jewellery

Yes, we know this jeweller is in Pretoria, but once you see what they offer and their designs, you'll understand why they have been added to our list. When it comes to proposing to your sweetheart, you want everything to be perfect and what better way to ensure she gets the ring of her dreams than by being part of the ring design process? Vikara Diamond Jewellery allows you to do just that. You don't need to drop big bucks on brand names when you can rather spend your hard-earned (and hard-saved) money on real value, a personalised service and the opportunity to be part of your dream design. Their designers will take your ideas and inspiration, sketch your exclusive design, create a wax model or computerised 3D render of your design, make any final adjustments and, within a few days, your vision will be recreated into reality.

Details: 012 004 2326 | www.vikara.co.za | [email protected]

 

Jenna Clifford

We all know and love Jenna Clifford for their stunning jewellery collections and unique pieces, but did you know that they also offer a bespoke jewellery service? There's nothing more special than giving your special someone a one-of-a-kind piece they'll love. For bespoke pieces, you may supply some materials that you'd love to use in your design (diamonds, gems, etc.) or they can supply precious metal and stones to suit your specifications, design and taste.

Details: 011 523 6600 | www.jennaclifford.com | [email protected] | Morningside and Pretoria

Arthur Kaplan

Another well-known name in the jewellery industry is Arthur Kaplan and they too offer a custom jewellery creation service at their Design Studio. Whether you already know what you want when it comes to the ideal ring for your partner or if you need some inspiration to get the creative juices flowing, they're more than happy to help. You'll be able to select the diamond, fine-tune the design and be part of the process from start to finish. The jewellery designers will be with you every step of the way, guiding you and assisting with any questions you may have in mind. Planning and designing your unique piece of jewellery has never been easier.

Details: 011 805 0225 | www.arthurkaplan.co.za | Mall of Africa, Eastgate, Sandton City, Centurion Centre, Menlyn Park, Kolonnade Centre, Waterfall Mall

Sirkel Jewellery

Celebrate individuality by creating bespoke jewellery for him and her at Sirkel Jewellery. Here, you can get as creative as you wish – the sky is the limit. From large pieces that make a statement to simple yet intricate designs, Sirkel Jewellery can bring you design to life with their highest standards of aesthetics and craftsmanship. No matter what the occasion or idea you have in mind, they would love to design your own special piece that is uniquely you.

Details: 011 726 2365 / www.sirkeljewellery.co.za[email protected] / Shop G17A, 44 Stanely Avenue, Milpark, Johannesburg

LiveMusic

Carfax

Carfax is an old favourite… this super club has many faces. What do we mean by that? Well, sometimes they’ll host drum ‘n bass parties, whereas other times they’ll have both local and international acts on their stage – and when they do, know you’re in for a good time!

Where: 39 Gwi Gwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here.

Rumours Lounge

Rumours Lounge is a fantastic place to catch a live act. You never know who will be gracing their stage – it could be a local act, it could be an international act, either way, wear your dancing shoes and head on over there.

Where: Valley Ln & Weltevreden Road, Cresta, Randburg, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here.

Arcade Empire

This Pretoria-based super club is a place where many a party has been held. Like a lot of the above-mentioned spots, all kinds of parties are thrown at Arcade. Things can get rowdy up in here but in a good way… go on, see for yourself!

Where: 265 The Highway Street, Pretoria.

For more information, click here.

The Radium Beerhall

The Radium Beerhall is an icon. It’s the second oldest bar in Joburg and has been well-preserved. Shows here are normally the ‘watch-while-eating-delicious-Portuguese-food’ type, but depending on who’s playing, they can get a bit wild! Hint: Order the prawns.

Where: 282 Louis Botha Avenue, Orange Grove, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here.

The Good Luck Bar

Located inside 1Fox – The Sheds, The Good Luck Bar is a rad live music venue. Having gotten their liquor license in 1895, it’s actually one of the oldest bars in the city! Keep an eye out to see who’ll be paying there and make sure you don’t miss out on a rad act.

Where: 14 Alexander Street, Ferreirastown, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here.

Red Right Hand

Music lovers, you can find Red Right Hand in Pretoria. This bespoke venue is an independent spot that aims to bring live music and art to the Pretoria CBD. So, what are you waiting for? Show them some love and go watch a band there!

Where: 22 Railway Street, Pretoria.

For more information, click here.

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

LiveMusic

Carfax

Carfax is an old favourite… this super club has many faces. What do we mean by that? Well, sometimes they’ll host drum ‘n bass parties, whereas other times they’ll have both local and international acts on their stage – and when they do, know you’re in for a good time!

Where: 39 Gwi Gwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here.

Rumours Lounge

Rumours Lounge is a fantastic place to catch a live act. You never know who will be gracing their stage – it could be a local act, it could be an international act…  either way, wear your dancing shoes and head on over there.

Where: Valley Ln & Weltevreden Road, Cresta, Randburg, 2118

For more information, click here.

Arcade Empire

This Pretoria-based super club is a place where many a party has been held. Like a lot of the above-mentioned spots, all kinds of parties are thrown at Arcade. Things can get rowdy up in here but in a good way… go on, see for yourself!

Where: 265 The Highway Street, Pretoria.

For more information, click here.

The Radium Beerhall

The Radium Beerhall is an icon. It’s the second oldest bar in Joburg and has been well-preserved. Shows here are normally the ‘watch-while-eating-delicious-Portuguese-food’ type, but depending on who’s playing, they can get a bit wild! Hint: Order the prawns.

Where: 282 Louis Botha Avenue, Orange Grove, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here.

The Good Luck Bar

Located inside 1Fox – The Sheds, The Good Luck Bar is a rad live music venue. Having gotten their liquor license in 1895, it’s actually one of the oldest bars in the city! Keep an eye out to see who’ll be paying there and make sure you don’t miss out on a rad act.

Where: 14 Alexander Street, Ferreirastown, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here.

Red Right Hand

Music lovers, you can find Red Right Hand in Pretoria. This bespoke venue is an independent spot that aims to bring live music and art to the Pretoria CBD. So, what are you waiting for? Show them some love and go watch a band there!

Where: 22 Railway Street, Pretoria.

For more information, click here.

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

1. Churchills Bar And Lounge And African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel

If you want to welcome in 2016 in super sleek style, Churchills Bar and Lounge is just the place. This exclusive party will be filled with floating canapés and each guest will receive a welcome drink. In addition , Churchills Bar and Lounge has partnered with African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel to bring you this fabulous deal - from R1 240 per person sharing, you will get two tickets to the Churchills Bar and Lounge NYE party as well as luxury accommodation at the hotel, including champagne breakfast!

For more information, visit their website here.

2. Masquerade Ball @ Chicago’s Piano Bar

Why not get all dressed up to welcome in the new year? Chicago’s invites you to go over the top and dress to their masquerade ball theme. Wine, dine and dance, all while wearing your stunning celebratory outfit! The price of R395 includes a three-course dinner (shooters included) and dance. If you want the dance-only option, it will cost R190.

For more information, visit their website.

3. Revolution NYE Open Air Festival

This one’s for the real party animals out there – are you ready to stomp your way into a brand new year? With two amazing international acts lined up, LOUD and Eitan Reiter, both from Israel, plus a whole host of lovely local acts like Thalia, Bionic, Drea’ama, Broken Toy, Metro Ticket, Michael Lesar and so many more, it’s bound to be a festival you’ll remember forever. Tickets cost between R300 and R360 and can be bought online here.

For more information, visit their website.

4. NYE In The Sky @ Elevate

A sexy and sophisticated evening awaits at Elevate, a great rooftop venue, complete with breathtaking 360 degree views of Joburg. Expect plenty of glitz, lots of glam, and only the finest house, hip-hop and R&B tunes. There are various hotel packages available, as the venue is atop the Reef Hotel, so why not take advantage and spend the night? Packages range from R1 500 to R4 500, depending on which one you go for. Regular tickets will cost R250 and can be booked here. Please ensure you pre-book your tickets as there will be no tickets available at the door.

For more information, visit their website.

5. VSP NYE

Bring in new year with the loudest and freshest music! The beats will be perfect for fans of house, hip-hop and R&B so, if this sounds like it's up your alley, this is where you need to be! Dress to impress and check it out! There are a range of VIP table packages available, which start from R2 100 to R6 200. Regular tickets start at R220. Click here to buy yours online.

For more information, visit their website.

6. Vic Falls Carnival

Who could say no to bidding 2015 farewell at one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World!? This NYE event will be a real treat, featuring everyone from Mango Groove and Goodluck to Charma Gal, Zimbabwe's Judgement Yard, Jason LeRoux and Ryan Koriy! Get excited, this one’s going to be amazing! There are plenty of travel packages available, so you don’t even have to worry about getting to the venue! Click here for available packages and here for tickets, which range from R862 to R933.

For more information, visit their website.

7. Radisson Blu NYE Dinner

If you’re after a more relaxed and intimate way to spend your New Year’s Eve, look no further than this gourmet dinner at the Radisson Blu! Their five-course New Year’s Eve Dinner will welcome you in with champagne on arrival and it’s only uphill from there! It's safe to say that you simply can't miss out on this classy event. The five-course dinner costs R499 per person.

For more information, visit their website.

8. Barnyard Theatre 50 Carat Gold

If music’s your thing, why not end the year off with 50 of the greatest songs of all time? Barnyard Theatre Cresta invites you to sing along at their festive New Year’s Eve bash! Songs you’ll hear include Bohemian Rhapsody, Blue Suede Shoes, Don’t Stop Believing and so many more. Are you humming those melodies already? Then best you get your tickets by clicking here. They cost R390 per person.

For more information, visit their website.

9. Rodizio’s Havana Nights

You’d better come hungry to Rodizio’s Havana Nights NYE celebration. You’ll get tasty cocktails on arrival and will then get to have a Brazilian feast! If you’re wondering what’s on the menu, it’ll be items like prawns, calamari, grilled kingklip, meat rodizio and a dessert platter. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it? We totally think so! There will be live entertainment, too so you’re bound to have a great time! The cost of this night out will be R620.

For more information, visit their website.

10. Randlords

Take in the jaw-dropping views of Joburg from the oh-so-stunning Randlords! A dazzling bash awaits, where you’ll get to take in the carnival atmosphere and dance the night away. Tickets to this event cost between R650 and R12 000 (for a table of 10). Click here to check out the pricing options.

For more information, visit their website.

By Nikki Samakosky

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.