Sparkle: the rules of giving jewellery this Christmas

Sparkle: the rules of giving jewellery this Christmas
Sparkle: the rules of giving jewellery this Christmas

Money is no object (even when it is) Look, I’m not pretending diamond earrings wouldn’t be nice. But the days when jewellery was just hard currency in sparkly form are over. Costume jewellery isn’t about fake jewels any more, it is desirable in its own right. Most women who wear jewellery buy it for themselves, change it frequently and love getting it for gifts. You can get fun jewellery on the high street for a tenner and longer-term jewellery-box treasures for well under £100. So a pair of earrings or a necklace isn’t just a landmark birthday present any more – it might be the answer for your aunt or your office secret Santa or your kid’s year-three teacher. Try Zara: I love these black velvet teardrops dangling from beaten-gold domes studded with black rhinestones, for £12.99. Velvet teardrops from Zara, £12.99. The snowman earring is the new mismatched earring If you are buying an earring as a fashion gift, listen up. The shape to look for now is the snowman: a large oval below a smaller circle. The Zara ones I mentioned above, for instance. The shapes can be smooth and symmetrical, like the tortoiseshell-speckled clear beaded double drops at Cos for £19. Or they can be dented and grooved in the modern organic style, like the beaded clusters hanging from burnished brass studs that are £17.99 at Mango . If those seem a bit outre, another on-trend option is anything seaside-themed. Blooming Dreamer makes jewellery from real shells; I am a bit obsessed with their Sea of Love pendant , a gold-edged scallop shell on a fine gold chain, for £60. There are very cute gold seashell studs for £13 at & Other Stories. A gold medallion on a pendant is another chic option. The ultimate are by Alighieri , this year’s name to drop in the jewellery world, and cost about £200. Gold seashell studs from & Other Stories, £13. Do a little sleuthing You don’t have to root around in her underwear drawer, you just have to look at her. Does she wear big earrings? Lots of bracelets? A different necklace every day? This will give you a steer. If you’re already in the shops reading this in a panic and can’t remember if she has pierced ears, text her best friend; if she doesn’t get back to you, then Monica Vinader’s sustainable, ethically sourced jewellery, as worn by Emma Watson and the Duchess of Cambridge, is a failsafe choice. An 18-carat gold-plated adjustable-sized chain link bracelet with a moonstone is £115. Glitter bug: 12 of the best sparkle accessories – in pictures Read more A teeny box from a big name makes a super fancy special present If what she would really love is a Valentino dress or a Saint Laurent blazer or a Gucci sweater, but your budget doesn’t stretch to four figures, fashion jewellery makes a brilliant gift. Gucci’s faux-pearl bee-stud earrings , £270 from Net-a-Porter, are a modern classic. Don’t overthink […]

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