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and stones particularly sought after. Combined with a retrospective art deco angle of jewel-encrusted snakes and other interesting motifs and geometric shapes (think Wallis Simpson here), they are extremely on-trend style statements today. Aurum of Jersey launched a new art-


deco inspired collection last month by Alexa Blampied, proving that the influences relevant in the Thirties – including Cubism’s flat geometric shapes, and the exotic imagery from the Far East and ancient Egypt that captured the imagination at the time – can still hold us in thrall today. A word or two on pearls: the traditional akoya cultured pearls from the sea are a wonderfully organic product. The fact that they are grown allows for all kinds of variations, colours and sheens. The lustre of the pearl is all-important – perhaps more so than the size, and it’s very important to care for them properly. Pearls are porous so you shouldn’t sleep in them or put them on before you have applied your make-up, especially perfume, and make sure you get them re-strung regularly. With the sophistication of the cultivation process of pearls now, we are able to reap the rewards with increasing numbers of beautiful black pearls, an historical rarity, and other colours, such as lustrous pink.


The lustre of the pearl is all-important – perhaps more so than size – and it’s very important to care for them well


Cocktail rings The essential item for any self-respecting fashionista is the cocktail ring, all about drama and bling, – and this season multi- coloured stones and flower motifs are in, with Dior’s ‘Bois de Rose’ collection the epitome of the genre. But if coloured stones and diamanté are not your thing, plenty of cocktail rings


Amethyst cocktail ring


are available with solid silver quirky shapes, some big enough to graze your knuckles or spread across several fingers. Metals such as copper and bronze make great pieces that won’t break the bank.


Statement necklaces Statement necklaces with huge stones and unusual designs have grown even bigger and bolder this season. Many mix several metals like bronze, silver and gold, or take their inspiration from imaginary tribes, reflecting African or Aztec history. Costume jewellery in 2011 has introduced more coloured and semi- precious stones than last year, including amethyst, coral, garnet and tourmaline. The trend has also seen these necklaces shrink to sit on the collarbone compared to last season’s longer necklaces. Whichever trends you tap into, I bet


you’ll look fabulous as long as you bear one piece of advice in mind. One of the most important things to remember is to wear only one trend at a time. Don’t wear stacked bangles with a cocktail ring and a statement necklace or you could end up looking like The A Team’s Mr T. l


Pearl bracelets on expanding thread by Schoeffel


68 businesslife.co October/November 2011


JANE LE MAISTRE SMITH is a freelance lifestyle writer


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