When it comes to this year’s jew­ellery trend, be the pick of the bunch with beau­ti­ful flo­ral in­spired pieces, says our fash­ion ed­i­tor Corinne Tud­den­ham-Finne.

Let's Talk - - Contents - Pho­tog­ra­phy: Shane Finn at VOUZ! Pho­tog­ra­phy. Model: Ju­lia Bell.

Flow­ers are a real trend for jew­ellery for the sum­mer

One of the jew­ellery trends for sum­mer 2018 is flow­ers, such a beau­ti­ful theme. Ju­lia, pic­tured here, is modelling one of my favourite flower com­bi­na­tions from my own vin­tage jew­ellery col­lec­tion.

Back in the 1980s, Alana Ste­wart - the beau­ti­ful, now 73-year-old ex-model - pre­vi­ously mar­ried to Ge­orge Hamil­ton and then Rod Ste­wart (lucky lady!) brought out an iconic jew­ellery range. Handed down to me by my mother, this stun­ning set is one of my favourites, and now is the time to bring back your flower brooch and ear­ring sets too from the old jew­ellery drawer! But when it comes to choos­ing a flower neck­lace, how many times have you looked in the mir­ror and thought “Hmm, that neck­lace is over­pow­er­ing my blouse”, or “This neck­lace is too small, I can hardly see it”?

So, which neck­lace goes with which neck­line?

Well, there are two rules of thumb to start off with – if you have quite a wide, thick-set neck or a very thin neck, steer clear of hefty choker-style neck­laces, and draw the eye fur­ther down your body with length­ier styles.

The neck­line of your top or blouse will de­ter­mine what style of neck­lace to wear, gen­er­ally, but it’s not an ex­act sci­ence, so if you feel it doesn’t look right, per­haps add another layer of a dif­fer­ent length, just to break the il­lu­sion.

If you’ve got the room, build

your­self a wardrobe of neck­laces, all dif­fer­ent lengths, pat­terns, colours - char­ity shops and car boot sales are the per­fect places to find them - and you can start to ex­per­i­ment!

Here’s a lit­tle check­list to help you choose the per­fect neck­lace:


– Lots of space to fill here, so mul­ti­ple strands of beads or larger pen­dants.


– A com­plete pal­ette of skin tone, so time to bring out chok­ers or short pen­dants, leav­ing that lovely decol­letage area bare.


– This neck­line cre­ates a nar­row V-neck, so nar­rower pen­dants with sharper ends work well.


– Keep to the shape of the ‘V’, fol­low­ing the guide of the neck­line as to whether it should be a wide or nar­row pen­dant.


– Try a neck­lace that isn’t sym­met­ri­cal and has its own asym­me­try, or per­haps a long string of dif­fer­ent sized and shaped beads.


– An­gu­lar pen­dants har­monise well, to match the an­gu­lar neck­line.


– Not a lot of space to play with here. So, the choker style works best if you have a long neck and, if not, a slim­mer pen­dant that sits above the last open but­ton.


– Look for neck­lace ‘col­lar’ or bib-style neck­laces.


– A long string or two of beads is ideal for this neck­line.


– There’s al­ready de­tail and vol­ume to this neck­line, so ei­ther a short and small pen­dant or a per­haps try a pair of fea­ture ear­rings in­stead of a neck­lace.


– This neck­line is so flat­ter­ing and de­serves a curved neck­lace that has width that will bal­ance the open decol­letage.

Rings are mak­ing a come­back this sea­son, and the big­ger, the bet­ter! Ju­lia wears a se­lec­tion of mine, but one of the most gor­geous col­lec­tions can be found in Deben­hams, start­ing from just £10.

A lit­tle gem to be found in Nor­folk is the jew­eller, Yvonne Knights, a Bri­tish award-win­ning con­tem­po­rary fine jew­ellery de­signer with a com­mit­ment to qual­ity and craft.

With more than 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence of sil­ver­smithing and jew­ellery-mak­ing, and a pas­sion for de­tailed paint­ing and il­lus­tra­tion, Yvonne utilises her knowl­edge and ex­per­tise to work closely with clients to cre­ate their per­fect piece of beau­ti­ful and unique cus­tomised jew­ellery, us­ing re­spon­si­bly sourced ma­te­ri­als.

Yvonne sits with each client, be­gin­ning with the ini­tial hand­drawn sketches, to en­sure ev­ery in­di­vid­ual hand­made piece is tai­lored to the client’s style, per­son­al­ity and bud­get. It is well worth a visit to her south Nor­folk stu­dio at Bra­con Ash, es­pe­cially if you’ve got a de­sign and a bud­get in mind.

Or­bis large di­a­mond star pen­dant

Del­i­cate twists and pat­terns and the il­lus­tri­ous star are en­twined and en­cir­cled in this spher­i­cal style.

This unique de­sign com­bines the al­lur­ing pat­tern of the Or­bis pen­dants with a daz­zling di­a­mond set star. Price: £ 85

Clus­ter rose gold ver­meil white topaz pen­dant

The Clus­ter col­lec­tion is com­prised of sim­ple mod­ern de­signs that are easy to wear yet ver­sa­tile enough to be worn with other pieces of jew­ellery. Hand­crafted in pol­ished 925 solid ster­ling sil­ver with a 14ct rose gold ver­meil fin­ish, this beau­ti­ful pen­dant is rub over set with five round, bril­liant cut white topaz gem­stones. Price: £40

For more of Yvonne’s beau­ti­ful jew­ellery cre­ations, take a look at her web­site at www.yvon­neknights.co.uk or call her on 01508 570699.

It’s time to raid your jew­ellery box for any flow­erin­spired pieces, like this chunky crys­tal look neck­lace. IN­SET TOP LEFT: John Lewis stud ear­rings. £14 IN­SET LEFT: John Lewis state­ment flower brooch, £18.

Strik­ing flo­ral brooch and ear­rings give a dra­matic colour con­trast to this sum­mer out­fit.

Don’t be afraid to be bold in colour and size of your sum­mer state­ment jew­ellery.

Rings are big news this year.

Yvonne Knights Or­bis Star.

Yvonne Knights clus­ter rose neck­lace.

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