Reviewed – Pearl Rondel Bracelet from Pearl and Clasp

In general, the jewellery I own is costume stuff. I love statement necklaces, plastic bangles, little treasures I’ve picked up on my travels abroad and diamante bling. Most of my jewellery has sentimental, rather than actual value. But there is an exception to the rule. I love pearls. Pearls are the birthstone for June, they are a jewel that always looks pretty but with an edge of cool, Marianne Faithful, Marilyn Monroe and Madonna are just some of the icons who have worn pearls to make a fashion statement. Pearls are a style classic, always current, and always a statement.

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Marilyn Monroe in pearls

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Early Madonna in pearls

American Company Pearl and Clasp have a fantastic range of freshwater pearl jewellery that ranges from fashion to classic pieces. I was recently sent a gorgeous piece from the brand, the Pearl Rondel bracelet. This is a beautiful bracelet made up of 6mm freshwater pearls combined with silver and cubic zircona rondels at different intervals of the bracelet. At the centre of the bracelet is a silver and cubic zircona bead which brings to mind those used by Tresor Paris.

Pearl Rondel Bracelet $125 click to visit Pearl and Clasp

Pearl Rondel Bracelet $125 click to visit Pearl and Clasp

This is a really lovely piece. The string is elastic, and this means that the bracelet is very easy to get on and off – there’s no fiddling with clasps or needing to ask another person to fasten your bracelet. The stones are both delicate and eye catching, with the silver sections really sparkling in different lights.

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Close up of the bead.

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This is a wear anywhere piece. It is small and delicate enough to be suitable to wear as an everyday item, but would also look amazing when teamed with a little black dress. I think this would be a fabulous bracelet for a bridesmaid to wear, or as a bridesmaid gift from a grateful bride. This would be lovely as a first piece of jewellery for a little girl because of the ease of putting it on and off, but is certainly lovely enough for any grown up little girl (ahem!) to love too. The one thing I would say is that it may not be suitable for ladies with larger wrists, I have a slight gap in the elastic which I hide at the back of my wrist. But, other than that, I think this is pretty gorgeous by anyone’s standards.

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You can view all the gorgeous jewel pieces available at Pearl and Clasp by clicking here. International shipping is available.

Further Reading

 

Downton Abbey sparks new/old trends.

We all know that TV programmes can help to set trends. Mad Men, Sex and The City and Desperate Housewives have all helped to set trends and have made fashion stars out of Sarah Jessica Parker, Christina Hendricks and Marcia Cross. But the latest TV trendsetter may just raise a few highbrows, as well as lowering a few hemlines. For the latest show setting the fashion world alike is Downton Abbey.

Yes, you heard correctly, the period drama Downton Abbey, currently stuck somewhere in World War One. Debenhams are just one of the stores who are feeling the Downton effect, with fashion fans eager to copy the style of Michelle Dockery et al. Sales of faux fur stoles, jackets and tippets have apparently increased by a staggering 225%, whilst sales of elbow length gloves have also shown increased popularity, raising by 54%. The  Downton effect is showing the world that elegance hasn’t gone out of fashion just yet.

Debut Black fur shrug £40 

Star by Julien MacDonald Dark cream faux fur £36 

Debut Light Brown Faux Fur Cape £38 

But it’s not just the faux fur that is flying off the shelves.  There has been a rise in demand for other 1910s trends.  Pearl Earrings, corsets and cloche style hats are also finding a new audience amongst fashionistas, according to the Sunday Mirror. And men are getting in on the act by snapping up cravats rather than their usual ties, with Debenhams reporting sales of cravats up 28%.

J by Jasper Conran Black Rosette felt cloche hat £22 

Minuet petite Black rose 1920s hat £42 

Grey Soft felt trilby hat £22 

piscador black pure silk cravat £17 

Mood pearl drop earrings £5 

Swesky ladies 9ct gold,pearl and diamond earrings £175.20 

There is no doubt that Downton Abbey has been one of the superhits of recent seasons, and it seems that the beauty and romance of that post Edwardian period is deeply appealing to women who are just fed up of the overt sexuality of some fashion trends. With maxi dresses still  featuring heavily each season, and with a new series of Downton promised, which will see the show move into the 1920s, it seems that we will still be looking backwards as we look forward to embracing new trends. Carie Barkhuizen, spokesperson for Debenhams says “…Downton Abbey  has had a marked effect on what women are looking to buy this Autumn – aristocratic chic is back.”