Want something a little unusual? Try a contemporary jewellery maker. Many of them sell cutting-edge designs through small galleries or simply on the internet
Technology and fashion are going hand in hand these days. Not only do we have the ‘Selfie hat’ (see 'The Way You Wear Your Hat'), Apple has gone all modish and invited fashion writers to the launch of its smartwatch. And while technology correspondents discussed how the watch compares with the likes of Samsung and Sony, fashion writers, a little nonplussed by the invitation, were divided on its look, some of them feeling it was a little masculine or at least large for their liking. It will be available early in the new year and will cost around £215 though you have to have an iPhone too.
The masculine and/or large look is OK though, as there’s plenty of it around with chunky adornments from the likes of Elie Top at Lanvin, medallion cuffs from Versace and big square rings from Nina Ricci. These pretty jewels will cost you a pretty penny, but there are alternatives. These range from Apricot’s Gold Swirl Cuff for just £8 and Wallis’s solid Urban Elements ring for £10 up to Paloma Picasso’s olive leaf cuff for £995 and a Tiffany’s woven buckle ring for £385, both of which are available from tiffany.co.uk.
Want something a little unusual? Try a contemporary jewellery maker. Many of them sell cutting-edge designs through small galleries or simply on the internet. One such is Vicki Ambery-Smith whose Brighton Pavilion cufflinks would surely make a man smile, particularly for £260. Vicki has an international reputation for her style of jewellery based on interpretations of architecture. She makes delicate, unique and ornate small-scale jewellery and boxes inspired by real and imaginary buildings. If you buy some you will be in illustrious company as collectors include the Crafts Council, the V&A, National Museums of Scotland, Prince Phillip, both the Duke and Duchess of York, Sir Hugh Casson and the late Sam Wannamaker who commissioned her to design some Globe Theatre brooches.
Sheila Fleet, on the other hand, designs pieces inspired by the natural world, particularly the sea and the celtic past of her native Orkneys. Her wild grasses brooch is delicate and seems to sway in the sea breeze (and costs £136), and there is a matching necklet, her Celtic collections are more solid and equally inspiring.
Or try something different again with Bea Jareno‘s work inspired by natural studies of porcupine quills, African culture and Angela Fisher's book Africa Adorned. Look out for the signature quills in her designs.
And if you feel buying these for yourself is a bit indulgent, Christmas is coming up.
- Stella Wiseman
Top Image - Sheila Fleet's Wild Grasses
Middle Image - Bea Jareno's Black druzy with pink tourmaline set in yellow gold, silver band
Bottom Image - Vicki Ambery-Smith's Brighton Pavilion Cufflinks