Trends come and go, so if you can afford it opt for serious investment jewellery and
that means diamonds and coloured precious stones. For the ultimate in
haute jewellery look at the
Van Cleef & Arpels gems, shown
further below, which
were worn by the actress Eve Best. Eve Best plays Wallis
Simpson and in her role wears Van Cleef & Arpels High Jewellery.
In the film she wears the fabulous
'Diamond Zip Pompom
But for most of us a midway price-point is required. If you
fall in love with precious stones or good contemporary artisan
jewellery then buy it only if you are sure you will still think
fondly of it in 2020. Jewellery gets close inspection by
the onlooker, so unless the item is a fast fashion piece select
your piece wisely and pick out items you love and which will
always be a 'forever trend' in your heart.
Jewellery trends in 2011 to watch or to buy into are: interchangeable necklaces,
natural rough semi precious gemstones, leaf or rose earrings.
Some of the classiest jewellery pieces this season are at Dior. Big statement earrings
add cachet to your jewellery wardrobe so why not invest in a
forever fashion pair that have a long life.
For modern jewellery chic try the jewellery of Anna
Tabakhova. Anna Tabakhova makes contemporary handcrafted
and bespoke versatile jewellery, focusing on unusual stones and
associations. Her passion for geology and gemmology is immense and
she creates new innovative jewellery pieces blending elements of gemmy
Ethiopian opals, fossilized woods, meteorite, drusy crystallized
shiny stones and vintage pieces.
In her fresh designs Anna researches opposition of materials to
emphasize chatoyance - brightness. The piece below is
Arizona fossilized wood and its high patina is extraordinary.
She has outstanding ability to create bespoke jewellery for you
from materials that respond to polishing.
Anna is a pleasure to work with when placing a jewellery
order as she is genuinely interested in the stones you want her
to work with or the many one-off pieces she designs herself. I
am one of her fans and Anna works with clients all over the
Where the clasps are pearls Anna uses high quality pearls with
good nacre. This type of jewellery is very much in line with the
trend of forever fashion. You buy a piece and by interchanging
it with your other pieces you can maximise your jewellery wardrobe. Good pearls are used to make classic clasps, but these can be
teamed with all sorts of necklace with bayonet ends that fit
into your interchangeable clasp. To give a fresh look, necklaces
to match the clasps can be made of rubber, steel wires,
stingrays cord and mesh steel chains or braided steel.
Steel cables, flowers
of chalcedony, baroque pearls, unusual minerals - meteorites and
star sapphires create sparkle and iridescence that arouse
curiosity and wonder in the onlooker. No wonder celebrities love
Anna Tabakhova necklaces and other bespoke one-off pieces so
contemporary, but with classic touches.
In her fresh designs Anna researches opposition of materials
to emphasize chatoyance - brightness. Anna's talent is
specializing in the less usual materials found in nature
and stretching boundaries and making unforeseen associations. So you
might see unlikely combinations such as Stingray, pearls or
unusual gemstones. By placing materials in opposition she
visual impact of the jewels.
Anna Tabakhova was born in Paris and works in Paris dealing
clients all over the world. This type of jewellery is very much in line with the
trend of forever fashion. You buy a piece and by interchanging
it with other pieces you can maximise your jewellery wardrobe.
Minimalists will love this approach, husbands and partners
will see the sense and you maximise your spending by having the
facility to interchange pieces. Furthermore Anna's prices are
very reasonable as this type of mechanism bought within
jewellery outlets can I know from personal experience cost many times more.
Gemart page you can see some other interchangeable clasps
from Marcel Roelofs and Jorg Heinz, two other well known
jewellery designers who create convertible jewellery too.
You will be pleased to read that for men who enjoy wearing
jewellery, Anna also has a collection for men. You will be
pleased to read that for men who enjoy wearing jewellery, Anna
also has a collection for men, such as rubber bracelets matched
with baroque Tahiti pearls.
Above - The actress Eve Best plays Wallis Simpson. Here she wears
Van Cleef & Arpels High Jewellery in the film. This fabulous
piece is known as
the 'Diamond Zip Pompom Necklace.'
With a blend of humour and refinement, the Zip Necklace
delights in the art of diversion.
The suggestion to create a jewel based on this piece of
technical magic was made by the Duchess of Windsor to the
Artistic Director of Van Cleef & Arpels, Renée Puissant, the
daughter of Estelle Arpels and Alfred Van Cleef, who founded the
Maison in 1906. Renée decided to 'divert' the design codes of
the zip fastener. So an invention that was intended to close and
discreetly hide away became a necklace that openly displayed its
delicacy and refinement to the whole world.
The first Van Cleef & Arpels Zip necklace was a sensation, a
genuine artistic and technical triumph. Worn open as a necklace
or zipped up into a bracelet, it captures the astonishing
expertise of the Maison in the Place Vendôme.
A genuine piece of High Jewellery, the Zip consists of two
gold ribbons bordered with tiny hooks that fit into one another.
The extreme precision of the gem-setting highlights the purity
of the stones while the articulation technique gives the Zip an
extraordinary flexibility, and allows the mechanism to function
These are all beautiful pieces aren't they and give you a
flavour of the gems the rich buy.
If you can afford it opt for serious investment jewellery and
that means diamonds and other precious stones.
In 2011 jewellery
trends to watch or buy into, are interchangeable necklaces, leaf earrings, rose earrings
with some of the classiest at Dior. Big statement earrings also
add cachet to your jewellery wardrobe.
Check out too heart necklaces, Georg Jensen link collars at Aspinal of London
and the scarf like strap
watches from Missoni at £370. For a more streamlined sleek
luxury look opt for a subtle semi hidden neck tie-pin brooch and wear it on
a classy silk blouse. Understated forever fashion luxury. But
for the ultimate in jewellery chic look at the Van Cleef and
Arpels gems shown on this page or my other
Whether you choose
Freshwater Pearls just be sure it works well with
your outfits and is a piece you can treasure forever whilst it brings a
warm glow to your heart.
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