Statement necklaces from Miss Selfridge

One of my favourite books of all time is by the jewellery editor of British Vogue Carol Woolton. ‘Fashion for Jewels’ is, if you allow me the pun, a treasure trove for anyone who has a love of jewellery, from pieces that have belonged to royalty, to those that littered the love story of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Filled with exquisite images of priceless gems, this book is a wonderful tribute to the most beautiful pieces of jewellery that have ever been created, and their endless power to enchant and bewitch.


These days, you don’t need a king’s ransom to own a beautiful piece of jewellery. Statement pieces are all over the High Street, and although these are paste jewels rather than the real thing, they can still transform a simple outfit into something special. These days there are as many pieces of costume jewellery on the Red Carpet as there are diamonds, with the Duchess of Cambridge a huge fan of wearing pieces from Zara for special occasions.

The great thing about costume jewellery is that it looks fabulous, but is often reasonably priced, even for real statement pieces. This means you have none of the fear of wearing and losing it, or worries about packing it in your suitcase for your holidays. Currently I have been drawn to the collection from Miss Selfridge, which actually contains a section called ‘statement jewellery’. These are big, bold and bright pieces, with coloured glass and intricate patterns. These are the pieces that are crying out for a little black dress to decorate, or a simple pair of jeans and a white t-shirt to transform for a night out.

Here are my favourite pieces from the collection, but I highly recommend you take a good look around the Miss Selfridge website for yourself, or check out the current in store sales. Jewellery is a sale bargain that rarely goes out of fashion, so it is always worth picking up when it is on offer.

Multi Chain Stone Necklace Price: £16.50 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Multi Chain Stone Necklace

Bright Stone Collar Price: £30.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Bright Stone Collar

Baguette Stone Collar Price: £40.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Baguette Stone Collar

Rhinestone Flower Collar Price: £16.50 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Rhinestone Flower Collar

Bright Stone Flower Collar Price: £14.50 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Bright Stone Flower Collar

Green Stone Flower Necklace Price: £30.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Green Stone Flower Necklace

Green Bar Collar Price: £14.50 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Green Bar Collar

Triple Section Necklace Price: £12.50 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Triple Section Necklace

Chunky Blue Flower Collar Price: £25.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Chunky Blue Flower Collar

Large Flower Collar Price: £16.50 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Large Flower Collar

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Super new Next store opens at The Fort shopping Centre

An invitation to have a sneak preview of one of my favourite stores on the morning it opened was an opportunity that was far too good to miss, so on Thursday 13th June I took a trip to The Fort shopping complex with the lovely Emily Jayne to visit the giant new Next store.

The first thing to say is that the new store is truly huge. Covering 25,588sq.ft, it is double the size of the previous Next store on the same complex, and has created a 100 new jobs for the area, which is fantastic news. The store has also created new concessions within the store, the most exciting being the Beaverbrooks Jewellery concession, the first for any Next store in the Country, and so doubly exciting for Birmingham.

The store is bright and airy, and oh so spacious. It carries a great many of the lines you can find online, but due to the size of the store, you never feel enclosed. A new shoe studio has a feel of a girly boudoir, and is placed at the front of the store, bound to immediately attract the attention of every passing shoeholic.

As you would expect from Next, the clothes are organised by collections. One particular collection that caught our eyes was the Cyber Barbie collection, a heady mix of sophisticated separates and pink neon. We were also seriously impressed with the work wear, which showed that the days when you could only wear a distinctly unfeminine suit to the office are long gone.

The new store is well worth a visit, but, be warned – it might do some serious damage to your credit card!

More gorgeous images from the opening.

Innovative Jewellery Designs That Make a Statement (Sometimes Literally)

 Jewellery is wearable art, a way to make a statement to the world without saying a word. So, how are today’s jewellery designers innovating to create new pieces that speak to us in this day and age? Here are some of the most innovative jewellery designs in the world.

Recycled Jewellery
With everyone thinking green, jewellery created from recycled materials is increasingly popular. The trend goes way beyond incorporating recycled-glass beads into a design or re-moulding salvaged metals into new bits of Bling. Pieces of bicycle chains, musical instruments and electronics are all finding their ways into today’s jewellery designs. Rubber, plastic, cardboard—nothing is trash in the hands of today’s most creative jewellery designers. Holly Anne Mitchell creates crafty pieces out of recycled paper, including sweetener packets, and Eleanor Salazar works with retired pool balls to create unique earrings and interesting numbered rings.


Jewellery Gone Wild
If recycled typewriter keys and bike parts aren’t unusual enough, how about jewellery made from non-traditional materials from nature? There’s no law that says all that glitters must be made of gold and diamonds. How about something carved out of stone or shell or made out of beautiful feathers? NOVICA, in association with National Geographic, offers a gorgeous hand-carved emerald and ebony sunflower ring from India. For those who aren’t too squeamish, some designers are also creating jewellery out of human and animal bones. Bracelets made of tiny animal vertebrae, earrings that showcase a pair of animal claws, and asteampunk-inspired ring made out of watch gears and the skull of a Pipistrelle Bat are just some of the designs for sale by Murder Jewellery.

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Jewellery in the Raw
Some jewellery designers are leaving their stones raw for an edgy-yet-earthy vibe. These stones tend to be much bigger than their cut and polished counterparts, making for some true statement pieces like the big, show-stopping rough stone necklaces from Meira T, or another diamond in the rough: her unique rough diamond ring. To accompany today’s modern gold rush, shiny gold nuggets are also being used in their natural form in many jewellery designs, showing up in everything from necklaces to bracelets to watch bands. These natural beauties have even been artfully incorporated into rings from Alaska Jewellery. The uniqueness of rough stones and nuggets means that no two creations will ever be alike.

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Electronic Jewellery
While recycled jewellery is making everything old new again, some jewellery designers are concentrating on creating pieces that look like they arrived here from the distant future via time machine. These tech-obsessed forward-thinkers are creating electronic jewellery. Now jewellery design doesn’t have to be static, like a frozen, unchanging traditional gold-and-gemstone ring. Innovative designs like the eJoux wristband from Biju Neyyan at Yanko Design can be changed at will, displaying electronic text or images of the wearer’s choice. Made of one continuous, flexible screen, these Bluetooth devices can even be connected to other electronic devices, so they can, for example, display the name of the track being listened to on an MP3 player. Another version of intelligent jewellery is the SKINtile electronic sensing jewellery being developed by Phillips. An electronic update to the mood ring, this flexible, adhesive jewellery senses changes in the wearer’s body and modifies its look based on its perception of the wearer’s mood.

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Functional Design
In an age where everyone feels some pressure to be all things to all people, some designers are demanding the same from their jewellery. No longer just an accessory, some of these innovative designs incorporate household items or other helpful gadgets. The creators of the Pilo Pilo Mini Cushion Ring, for example, noticed that people like to lean their faces against their fists and that sharp jewellery makes doing so impractical. Hence, they created a ring with a real, albeit tiny, pillow attached to it that makes it the perfect accessory for naps on the go. Ken Goldman’s jewellery is funny as well as practical. A ring made from a meat tenderizer might just keep the wearer out of a fistfight. A tiny serving platter ring is perfect for holding “finger foods” while the wearer mingles at a party. No shopper should go without the Ring Me Up receipt-holding ring, and survivalists everywhere will love the flint and steel ring duo that’s actually capable of sparking a blaze.

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Practically since the dawn of time, humankind has been adorning itself with jewellery. In essence, jewellery hasn’t changed radically since then; it’s still a status symbol and a form of expression. But imagine the look on primitive man’s face if he was confronted with an electronic bracelet! It’s quite clear that today’s innovative jewellery designers have taken wearable art to the next level.

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