Archive for September, 2008
Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
Urban Outfitters is brilliant for picking up quirky pieces of jewellery that no one else will have. There are a few stores scattered across the country, including their flagship store on Oxford Street, but luckily you can shop online too.
I’m a big fan of antique style jewellery, and Urban Outfitters have got some great pieces. This Pearl Cameo necklace has everything – pearls, a gold chain, and a vintage looking cameo pendant. You’d be hard pressed to realise that it came from a high street store and not your grandmother’s jewellery box!
There are 2 colours to choose from – either a black or peach coloured background on the cameo. Both look great, but the black makes the image stand out more. At £14 this is suprisingly inexpensive for Urban Outfitters, and there are some other bargains to be had in their jewellery range, so have a look.
Wednesday, September 24th, 2008
Tatty Devine is a cult jewellery brand that’s been receiving loads of attention over the summer. Their collections are known for not taking themselves too seriously, and taking inspiration from everyday objects rather than diamonds and pearls. They make jewellery from things no one else would think of, making them completely unique – they rarely follow the current fashion trends. Their A/W 08 collection is no different, as it takes its inspiration from stationery! There’s paper clip earrings, a pencil sharpening necklace and a big gold star brooch.
It’s certainly an unusual collection, but if you’re after something different that no one else has, then look no further.
My favourite is this Big Paper Clip Necklace. It looks just like giant paper clips linked together, and it’s over a metre long, so can be worn loads of different ways. You can have silver paper clips or coloured ones.
It costs £69 and you can buy online or if you’re in London you can visit their stores in Soho or Brick Lane.
Monday, September 22nd, 2008
Gold is definitely the the colour for jewellery this season, never mind if it’s real gold or just gold plated. This Bird of Paradise necklace from Accessorize combines the gold look with the current trend for big, statement jewellery.
The cut out spread wings design of the pendant looks great without being too heavy or dense, and can be worn with any outfit. With a short 16 inch chain the pendant should lie flat and won’t dangle down and get in your way. The bird design follows on from the animal influence that’s been seen in a lot of jewellery recently, from horse charms to leopard print bangles.
At only £8 it’s definitely a bargain for such an intricate piece, and one that’ll see you all the way through A/W and even into the summer.
Thursday, September 18th, 2008
If you’re looking for the newest, quirkiest, most cutting edge jewellery, then look no further than Emma Franklin Jewellery. Whilst the metal based, animal inspired pieces won’t be to everyone’s taste, she counts fashionista Alexa Chung amongst her fans.
Inspired by the country and countryside activities, her latest collection features pheasants, birds and stags amongst others, with a charm of the animals head mounted on a ring, badge,necklace or cuff links, and, in an interesting twist, is designed for both men and women to wear.
Most items are available in silver, gold or gun metal, and there’s also an option to have pieces made in solid gold for an increased price. All of her jewellery is made in her studio space in London, and her work has been featured in Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire.
This Small Shotgun Chain is one of Emma Franklin’s trademark pieces, and the darker metal looks great offset against the gold chain, and it’s unusual looking without being too outlandish. It costs £125, or £770 for solid gold.
Head over to Emma Franklin’s website to see her full collection and place an order.
Monday, September 15th, 2008
British fashion legend Vivienne Westwood has recently designed a range of jewellery, and if you’re a fan of her work (and let’s face it who isn’t) you’ll want to take a look.
This Heart Pendant sums up the Vivienne Westwood style perfectly. It features the iconic orb motif she made famous, as well as incorporating a heart charm. The cross that attaches the heart to the chain fits in nicely with this season’s goth trend, and the silver crystal detail offsets the red perfectly, making this one eye catching piece of neck candy.
It’s 22 cm long, meaning it won’t dangle down too low so you can wear it with any kind of neckline – a V neck, round neck, even a shirt. There’s also a tiny Vivienne Westwood tag near the clasp to prove it’s the real deal.
The Heart Pendant necklace costs £70, and considering this is a piece of Westwood it’s a pretty reasonable price. Get it from My-Wardrobe.
Thursday, September 11th, 2008
There’s nothing like putting a big rock on your finger to make you feel like a million dollars, and this Karen Millen ring is just perfect for that, and the good news is you don’t actually need to spend a million dollars.
It’s a pear shaped rhodium and crystal stone with silver edging and detailing on a silver band. As cocktail rings continue to feature on catwalks as part of the return of statement jewelery, this is a great way to recreate the trend. With multi-faceted edges and a clear stone, this ring will easily catch the light, and the over sized look will make your hands seem more delicate.
It costs £45, so whilst it’s not a real diamond it certainly won’t leave a green mark on your finger as the ring is silver plated.
Get it from House of Fraser online, who are currently offering free delivery on all orders.
Monday, September 8th, 2008
Unless you’re a hugely successful business tycoon or married to royalty, you’d have to be living in an alternate universe to consider spending over two thousand pounds on earrings, or any jewelery for that matter.
But it’s still nice to look, and these Ileana Makri White Diamond Drop Earrings are certainly pleasing to the eye, but devastating to the wallet. Retailing at £2,360, they’re the height of extravagance, but definitely the real deal, diamonds and all. The product description calls them ‘everyday’ earrings, but I’d imagine that’s ‘everyday’ wear for princesses, rather than ‘everyday’ at the office.
For such a high price you can guarantee that these earrings are well made, high quality and built to last, probably forever. And diamonds never go out of fashion.
View the earrings and other ridiculously priced jewelery over at Brown’s.
Thursday, September 4th, 2008
I’ve been avoiding Accessorize for a while, as the prices seemed to be going up and up and the quality was getting worse and worse. But it seems that finally the company have got themselves back on track and reduced those rocketing prices.
This Plain Gold Bangle is only £5 and is great for adding detail to a simple outfit. The faded colour gives it a vintage look, and the embossed design makes it look worth a lot more than £5. If you’re lucky enough to be sporting a summer suntan, the colour of the bangle would offset it perfectly.
Accessorize have also got some great bargains on thinner bangles, you can pick up 12 (almost an entire armful!) for just £4.
Head to your local store or browse online.
Monday, September 1st, 2008
I prefer handcrafted jewellery, rather than items mass produced by a machine. That way you can guarantee no-one else will have the same piece as you, and you’ll sound ultra cutting edge when people ask where you buy your jewellery.
Lunarrastar is a small jewellery company who have a studio space in Edinburgh, and sell their products online. They use natural gemstones, Swarovski crystals and vintage pendants to make necklaces, bracelets and earrings. They have great attention to detail and, even better, their jewellery doesn’t cost the earth!
Being a vintage fan, I think this Blue Victorian style Cameo necklace is one of my favourites. The blue colour is spot on and contrasts well with the white, and the Swarovski crystals and silver heart charm add detail and make it look even more unique. It’s available in three different lengths for the perfect fit, and costs just £15.99.
It’s available only on Lunarrastar’s website, and whilst you’re there have a look at their other lovely items.