There has been a real shift from the statement necklace to much more delicate jewellery of late; rather than adorning the body with gem stones and chunky metals, we’re lacing our necks, wrists, hands and ears with paper-thin chains, simple gold bands and interesting little trinkets. Of course, there’s still a place for statement jewellery but what feels more current is a feminine design, often layered with other pieces to create a tougher look. Think Rihanna’s generous helping of pretty rings, or stacking fine bracelets a la Lauren Conrad. Pile them on – strategically – and watch your body glint and glisten – expect people to lean closer to peer, mesmerised, at your tiny animals and miniature trinkets.
Personally, I’m a huge fan of Alex Monroe’s designs. The latest collection (Beyond The Sea) features odd but intriguing creatures from the ocean, including lobsters, crabs, coins and even a beautiful ship with billowing sails. I haven’t got my hands on a piece from the new collection just yet, but this rose gold fox necklace (above) is Alex Monroe (a gift from Mr Man for my birthday last year) and I adore it; it can be worn with anything, from this chunky knit to an evening dress or simply with other, equally as fine, necklaces, such as the gold dragonfly (also by Monroe) or my Granny’s gold chain.
Other great sources for fine jewellery include Dundee’s Jane Gowans, Ileana Makri or Scosha (both at Net-a-Porter) and Monica Vinader, as well as Accessorize on the high street – the new Z collection (a collaboration with Zara Simon) has lots of gorgeous pieces at affordable prices.
How do you wear your jewellery?
I’m Wearing: necklace, Alex Monroe; scarf, Zara; shirt (just seen), Marks & Spencer.
Image: Kris Miller