Style by Claire Lopez

Dress to excess

In a season where more is most definitely more, it is hardly surprising that jewellery is anything but understated. It’s gold, gold, gold on the metal front mixed with black or tortoise shell, chokers are back, as are brooches – worn in the hair, and earrings are Pat Butcher- esque.

So where best to get yourself the proverbial rings on your fingers and bells on you toes without having a Swarovski budget?

There are loads of great high street options actually and Whistles is one retailer doing a rather fine line in reasonably priced jewellery. On the statement earring front they have these Lulu Frost styles:

Tort Circle Earring £65.


And Geo Drop Earring £45.


Another nice earring is this Made Two Tone Stud £25.


If you want to do the choker trend then this is a nice simple style: Statement Chain Choker £45 (only available in stores.)


One of their many lovely rings is this: Semi Circle Stone Ring £20.


Another absolute favourite is Oliver Bonas which boasts a fab range of jewellery that spans the architectural/sculptural and the dainty. In short, something for everyone. They too have gold aplenty this season and starting at the top end is this Gold Double Stone Ring £59. A great bit of costume jewellery that would not look out of place alongside the real deal.


Or for something a bit more everyday, there is this Wiggle Ring £19.


On the earring front these Dakota Drop Earrings £35 would look great against a simple black top.


As would these Oversized Circle Stud Drop Earrings £29.


Or these Florence Perspex Semi Circle Earrings £14 which also come with a matching necklace for £18.


Another goodie is this Black Matte Irregular Fan Necklace £24 which is worn with these Ronette Shape and Bar Stud Earrings £16.


Cos is another good bet for statement necklaces and has this lovely Metal Bead Necklace £29 which would liven up any plain t, knit or dress.


Warehouse has upped its accessories ante recently and has a couple of stand out pieces including this Tortoise Shell Metal Necklace £22.


And these Chunky Inlay Hoop Earrings £12.


If you are more about the stones but can’t quite afford the Crown Jewels nor have the GDP of a small country to spend, (nor indeed the J Crew or Stella & Dot budget) then Banana Republic could be for you. Costume jewellery beauties include this Velvet Focal Necklace £45. With a nice little touch of velvet this ticks two trend boxes.


Alternatively this Artisan Mixed Media Focal Necklace £65 is a bit more edgy.


And these Treasure Trove Drop Earrings £29.50 are gem-tastic.


And you don’t even need to tip the £50 mark because Mango is there with super duper affordable styles. It has a very good on line selection of adjustable chokers so if you don’t like to wear a necklace too high, then you can wear it at your preferred length. This Adjustable Bow Chocker £19.99 (their spelling, not mine) is a lovely modern style that you could just as easily wear in the day as at night.


Or for something show-stopping, this Faceted Crystal Bracelet is pretty fab at £12.99.


So whether you are looking for something to jazz up your wardrobe, present ideas for others… or yourself, don’t be shy on the jewellery front this Christmas.


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