GO GIRLIE WITH THIS SWEET UNDERWEAR FROM TWISTED THRIFT. THE BRA IS PRETTY ENOUGHTO WEAR PEEPING OUT FROM UNDER A SHIRT OR VEST ANDTHESE GREAT SHORTS ARE DESIGNEDTO FIT THE WAIST, SO ARE PERFECT WITH ONEOFTHIS SEASON’S FIFTIES-STYLE DRESSES. AT JEZEBELL(020 7935 7109; JEZEBELL.CO.UK).
Silver Star chain and pendant set with a diamond, £315, at Mont bianc Steel and glass ring, £55, from CK Jewellery
White-gold and diamond pendant, £200, at Ernest Jones Jewellery from the high street? Never say never. These days, real stones and real style can be found at surprisingly affordable prices. By Carol Woolton In the past, high-street jewellery was cheap and cheerful, but could never be described as chic. Nowadays, jewellery addicts on a budget have a fantastic choice available to them – at chain stores, department stores and even supermarkets. Of course, true luxury will always mean aprecious stone and big occasions will always call for the opulence of Bond Street, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy making an effort every day.
If you like diamonds best, check out the bargains at Tesco (yes, really). The store even has specially trained jewellery advisors manning its jewellery counters. And Asda sells a selection of contemporary diamond crosses and diamond eternity rings set in platinum (the latter for as little as £300). Other diamond pieces I love include Ernest Jones’ zigzag pendant set with brilliant-cut stones, and Goldsmiths’ delicate diamond circles pendant, which gives a far bigger sparkle than you would imagine possible from a total of 0.25 carats. All these designs work because they’ve been kept simple. You can’t go wrong with plainly set diamond pendants and they make great “starter” diamond gifts for young girls.
Montblanc, which has many outlets on the high street, is adding a new cut of diamond to its jewellery collections later this year – it’s a star shape, created specially to celebrate the company’s centenary. Besides diamonds, the brand offers silver pieces set with chic mixtures of amethyst, blue topaz, resin and mother of pearl, all priced from £95 to £325. With its Boheme and Profile collections, Montblanc has hit the right balance between fashion accessory and refined jewellery you’ll want to cherish. I particularly like the pendants on long, sleek chains that can be adjusted like lariats.
Calvin Klein’s CK collection of watches and jewellery available at 150 outlets nationwide – is designed by the creators of the expensive Breguet and Blancpain watches, so it’s no wonder it has a real air of luxury. Here, high quality modern design costs from as little as £45. I wear a ring from the CK Sway collection which has a highly polished gold concave top (also available in silver) that’s designed to act like a mirror; and the coloured glass “jewels” in the Ellipse collection shimmer like semi-precious stones.
For more of a fashion look, try the new D&G jewellery from Dolce & Gabbana. A collection of crosses, rosaries and chilli-pepper pendants made from steel and leather, it has a young, fresh appeal, with prices from £45 to £250. Wearing one big ring is always elegant take your pick from Goldsmiths’ H&W collection and Swarovski’s fantastic range of large candy-coloured crystal cocktail rings. It’s a great look you can afford.
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