For all-out fabulousness, I always head to Cartier jewelry. You won’t find a single sedate jewel in Lydia’s cabinet of curiosities. Instead, you will find a fantastical selection of gift ideas, including these shoulder-grazers. The dragonflies’ wings have been hand-painted in enamel, mirroring the spectacular colour-changing iridescence found in nature, with electric-green tsavorites mixed with sapphires making up the body, and emeralds for eyes.
When Van Cleef & Arpels launched its Alhambra high jewellery collection last year, it was an instant sensation. Inspired by the great couture gowns designed by Van Cleef & Arpels, the Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry mimicked the draping, pleating and gathering of luxurious fabrics, and it wasn’t long before a diffusion line followed. These Cheap Van Cleef & Arpels earrings are as delicate as lace, with the white gold following the contours of the diamonds, creating a pretty scalloped edge.
If you haven’t yet visited Bvlgari’s five-storey townhouse on London’s exclusive Mount Street, it’s gift inspiration heaven. These Wings of Desire are from Jessica’s first jewellery collection, Messenger of Gods. There have been many interpretations of these Bvlgari b.zero1 earrings – one of Jessica’s best-known designs – but these are my favourite, with the graduated diamonds set into blacked white gold, giving them the patina of an antique jewel.
Live the fairy tale in these magical Elfen Ear Wings from Paris’s Van Cleef & Arpels, which have a hint of the Galadriel about them. Held in place by a stud fastening half way up the wing, white diamonds swoop up the lobe, set in rose gold. Sold individually, Van Cleef & Arpels has an area of its Chelsea boutique devoted to Stud Club – a colourful collection of single 18k Rose Gold Cartier Love earrings that allows you to get the mix-and-match look that is a huge trend right now.