Jewellery is something we all love and the opening up of
global markets means we are seeing wonderful examples of low cost jewellery.
This ranges from costume
jewellery, chunkier Boho casual ethnic jewellery and luxury lines of estate
jewellery. There are also limited edition designer pieces
at affordable prices when metals and plastics such as titanium and acrylic are used instead of the
more obvious gold or silver.
Many gem set pieces use the
fine metals of gold and platinum. Premium estate jewellery is using a
wide range of gemstones especially coloured gems like pink or yellow
sapphires as well as the highest grades of diamonds. A jeweller friend
of mine recently showed me two beautiful diamonds which were one grade off
flawless. They sparkled like no other diamonds I had seen close up,
but at £30,000+ one would expect a lot of sparkle!
As well as a demand for better quality diamonds the colour
of yellow metal gold is back in fashion in a big way. Many
master craftsmen are opting to use higher carat weights of gold with 18k,
22k and 24k gaining ground as the demand for Luxe products is met for those
demanding the satisfaction of the ultimate beyond luxury product.
Nirankari is a master of designer jewellery. She melds traditional
designs with a contemporary design aesthetic using the highest quality
materials. Kiran uses her artistic skills to create modern, timeless
designs worked in 24K and 22K.
A visual artist, Kiran understands global trends marrying both eastern and
western influences seamlessly with the skills of the traditional master
craftsmen. She produces desirable pieces that look just as good for a
dress up or dress down look.
Her website has a select
range of gold and gem set necklaces, bangles and earrings. My
favourites are these Biwa stick pearls to the far right and these lovely 24K
gold multi coloured sapphires.
Now some of my favourite jewellery has the look of
handcrafted beaten gold found long ago in some treasure trove.
especially like these handcrafted items made with diamonds and gold from
items need to be ordered a few weeks in advance of needing them. This
beautiful 18ct gold spotty ring is scattered with diamonds to create sparkle
and add dimension. It is 10mm wide, but is also available a little narrower
at 7mm wide and both can made up in 18ct white gold on request. Prices are
from £665. As the ring is handcrafted here in the UK. you must allow 2-4
weeks for delivery, but email enquires at
love2have will give a better
idea of the actual time for the order to be made for you.
There are also matching bangles, and several earring styles.
All are highly desirable and they are on my would love to have list.
pendant far right is from the same concept at
This is an 18ct
Gold Diamond Curved Pendant [KS-P2] priced at £495.00. It is paired with a
gold snake chain. The pendant has a scattering of diamonds which add
sparkle and dimension. Again allow 2-4 weeks for delivery and as the item is
handcrafted in UK you can check for white gold details. All the
range is just so pretty and I am very taken with the stick earrings and the
earrings that match the pendant exactly and shown on their site.
This bangle is rather desirable too. This fabulous 18ct gold
diamond bangle is 11mm wide and also scattered with diamonds. It is handcrafted in the UK
and costs £1825. Again being hand crafted the same conditions apply.
Now if £1825 is too much for your budget,
love2have have lots of
other ready crafted pieces including interesting silver jewellery and lovely
titanium pieces like these contemporary titanium hearts on chains or
chokers. There are also affordable titanium earrings.
With three quarter sleeves in fashion the wrist will
continue to be very visible and so there are opportunities to draw attention to a ladylike
manicured hand with decorative watches, charm bracelet timepieces and
bangles in every imaginable material. Perhaps one of the most
interesting items to emerge as a fashion statement is the cuff a deep slip
on bangle well suited to three quarter and shorter sleeved garments.
This lovely acrylic cuff is by a jewellery designer called
Laura Tabor who works from
London. Laura has range of gold and other attractive pieces that are
hot on the heels of current trends. She also does a bespoke service.
gems and have a wide range of quality estate pieces that
pick up on couture trends. This beautiful gemstone bracelet below is by
eLuxe and is a multi
gemstone Sapphire Bracelet made of faceted round
sapphires and gemstones set in classic white gold settings at $4,595 (Item Number: CuBM01).
earrings right are a good style to buy if you are seeking something similar
in style to those worn by Keira Knightley in this image below and courtesy of the 63rd
Golden Globe Awards. Earring image right is courtesy of
COUTURE Swiss Blue Topaz and Diamond Circle Hoop Earrings. These
circles of diamonds are set in white gold and interlock and float with Swiss
blue topaz. Retail Value: $1,025.00.
me tell you about some great jewellery for plus sizes as well as average
size necks. Maria H Spector is a Peruvian painter and jewellery
designer living in London.
She sells jewellery for women who have problems in getting necklaces for
a larger size neck. She produces unique one of a kind pieces working
mainly with semi precious stones. This necklace to the left is one of
her fascinating original pieces and at
webpage you can see many more fine examples plus a page on various
charms which can be used to zap up a handbag or purse.
Mother of pearl features heavily on clothing and accessories
this season. It is also made up in seasonal low cost necklaces and bangles.
Another affordable material being used is turquoise.
These ethnic inspired necklaces come from
India and I think
they would also look wonderful on large women with presence. Crafts
International also sell a wide range of loose beads.
International is a leading manufacturer and exporter of beads, jewellery
and accessories. They specialize in glass beads, horn beads, bone
beads, brass/metal beads, terracotta beads, and ceramic beads. They
are the ultimate source of Indian Beads and also carry leather cords, wax
cords and supporting accessories used in making jewellery. In 2004,
they launched their export unit. They work with over 1000 artisans in
nearby villages working under their close supervision and guidance.
All their products are hand made with an emphasis on superior art work, high
quality standards and with reasonable prices. I think you will agree
these few example shown are attractive interesting pieces. You can see
many more fine examples at
All in all there is a vast range of great fashion jewellery
to choose from this season.
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