FASHION AND BEAUTY
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.
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.
COLLARED SHIRT AND BLOUSE
– 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.