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Yellow diamond rings by Krieger


Following this trend doesn’t have to cost the earth though. The high street, in particular shops such as Topshop and All Saints, are producing some excellent everyday wear that follows the trend without breaking the bank. Some ranges feature more ‘girly’


designs of hearts, flowers, feathers and birds, while others use less feminine ‘rock- chick’ motifs, such as snakes and wolves. These are the kind of pieces that can be teamed with elegant eveningwear or biker boots and jeans.


Motif-led designs A trend for motifs or motif-led design, saw a rise in popularity in 2011. This trend is coming right from the top echelons of the elite fashion houses, such as Dior and Alexander McQueen, and filtering down to the high street. McQueen scattered skulls all over its


2011 fall collection, whether embellished with Swarovski crystals or simply produced in burnished metals. There’s no denying the drama of a skull – especially when that skull is a silver cocktail ring with black Swarovski crystal eyes and is teamed with a little black dress and some strappy sandals. Or how about a copper rose bangle with a sparkly skull nestling in the depths of the petals? Dior has also embraced this motif trend


though with a more feminine angle still allowing for a little bit of racy Gothic glamour. The 2011 spring ‘Bois de Rose’ collection is quite simply breathtaking. The collection embraces the rose as the


Tahitian black pearl and diamond crossover ring by Schoeffel


theme, with a bold use of precious and semi-precious stones, ranging from diamonds and emeralds through to coral, onyx and pink crystal. There are dainty rose-gold rings of rose stems (minus the rose) that entwine themselves around your finger; fabulous gem-encrusted creations of rose flowers; and roses and their leaves remodeled as rings, necklaces or earrings. Motif-led designs are talking pieces – quirky and undeniably cool.


The charm phenomenon The sensational and seemingly unstoppable trend of the beaded charm bracelet still continues to ride the crest of the high-street wave. Beaded charm bracelets are simply everywhere, under all kinds of names and with wildly different price tags. Having the opportunity to choose the specific designs, colours and number of the beads in your own unique bracelet has clearly been a real hit with consumers worldwide. The market leader is Pandora, which


was established in 1982 in Copenhagen, Denmark, by goldsmith Per Envoldsen and his wife. Pandora opened its first charm bracelet concept shop in 2000, and there are now a staggering 260 stand-alone stores in 47 countries and a whole multitude of jewellers very happy to sell the product. A perfect example of the right product at the right time perhaps? Pandora alone offer more than 600


beads within 12 categories, including the zodiac, animals, love, Murano glass and sparkly beads (using pearl and semi- precious stones). There is something to represent every moment of somebody’s life – and so is a great gift idea for anyone into their jewellery. The buyer can easily select a bracelet with real individual meaning for the recipient.


Antique and traditional Everyone loves jewellery that has a history or tells a story. Obviously it’s wonderful to inherit a piece of jewellery or a string of pearls from your grandmother for the sentimental value alone. However, there is a strong revival at


the moment of traditional-style jewellery a la grandma’s jewellery box, with pearls


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