year you will see shops displaying large chunky over-the-top gold jewellery,
and cocktail rings with massive settings.
photograph in Prague this summer outside a jeweller's shop
just off the Charles Bridge in Prague city.
The Czech state is famed
for its Bohemian garnet jewellery. Some of the gemstone settings are beautiful and some
kitsch, but I was struck by this central garnet encrusted torque.
The estate jewellery on display
was magnificent and full of over the top fashion accessories encrusted
and studded with garnet gems set in gold.
Garnet gems are perfect to bring
out tones of red - one of the season's hottest colours for fall.
You can read more about red fashion trends on the
Lady in Red page.
This, jeweller's window and many others like it were set ablaze with over the top opulence. Remember just one of these ornate necklaces is enough. I am very fond of this
deep torque example encrusted with red garnets and shown to the right.
How I wish
I had gone in to examine the red garnets more
closely and to try this piece on. Now I wonder how I resisted going in to take that
Click to see how wonderful this bold dramatic red garnet torque looks when
If you are seeking a gift of women's gold jewellery, then the garnet gem is the birthstone of
January. You can read more about the red garnet birthstone on
my January page.
Helena Spector is a Peruvian painter and jewellery designer living in
London. She also sells jewellery for women who have problems in
getting necklaces for a larger plus size neck.
Maria Spector does of course sell pieces that fit an average sized neck
Her necklaces are unique one of a kind pieces and are worked mainly with
semi precious stone and gold leaf.
This beautiful necklace left by Maria Spector is Mother of Pearl and
corals covered in 24ct gold leaf. The necklace right is made from
amazonite, calcite, rose quartz and 24ct gold leaf and would give presence
to any woman wearing it. Plus size women carry off strong bold pieces really
These very unusual necklaces have an earthy quality that is beyond mass
produced Boho jewellery. You really won't see loads of others wearing
a necklace exactly the same as a one off from Maria. If you desire something unique then the work of a
designing artist like Maria is the answer - she is an artist at work
who loves her craft. Some of Maria's fine paintings and drawings are
also on display at her
designer with interesting, unique and affordable pieces is Marina Nelson of
She makes gold dipped leaves into pendants. She told me about her
new autumn leaves and I think they would look wonderful with the clothing
options I've written about in autumn trends 2006.
These jewellery pendants are 22K gold dipped leaves and they look
gorgeous with rich autumn browns and purples or even with just a crisp white
tells me that the stunning leaves she makes are each unique handcrafted
pieces of wearable art. The real Evergreen leaves are dipped in 22K
gold and handpainted with copper-like colours. The process preserves and
strengthens the leaf so it can be treasured forever, but you can still see
the intricate inner structure.
This pendant can be slipped onto most chains and ribbons that you already
own or alternatives Marina offers such as leather cord. Like Maria above,
internationally aware Marina also does custom work.
You can see more pieces using different evergreen leaves and other
jewellery items at
Cuffs are big news this fall. Their popularity has been growing as a golden
jewellery accessory for some time, but this autumn they will be more
prominent and more easily available than before.
This extra large link shining gold cuff right is by Calow and is available
from John Lewis stores. You can see
more cuffs on the
All those three quarter sleeves and elbow length sleeves
that are so
popular in the Autumn
2006 Looks page are
the perfect foil for showing great bracelets and cuffs. This thumbnail
below is of
bracelets and bangles from the garnet window display shown above.
A great timepiece is not only decorative, but useful too.
For classic women's gold jewellery, you may also find a traditional, yet modern watch like this 9 ct gold watch by
LB10227/41) with a 20 brilliant cut diamond oval face surround, will smooth you
years more understated, but luxe trends. This watch at RRP £475 is
from Rotary Stockists.
this 9ct gold plated
Rotary fashion watch bangle has a white mother of pearl dial and
Austrian crystal set bezel.
Model shown is Rotary watch LB02304/07. This
watch at RRP £139 is available from Rotary Stockists.
Of course the silver tone bangle version also available from Rotary
stockists is just as fashionable with so much silver and grey also in the
colour palette this fall.
If you prefer to ring the changes you may like to be able to colour match
the crystals bars of your watch to your dress. This Rotary Dolphin
watch enables you to do just that. Furthermore because it is part of their
Dolphin range, you could just as easily wear it with your bikini and swim in
it all day.
This Model LB02423/41 shown left is the Ladies Dolphin Standard waterproof
gold plate Sabrina bracelet watch, has six sets of interchangeable Austrian
crystal bezels. It can be regarded as 'Six watches in one' all for £165.
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