Statement Jewellery From BIJOU BIJOU

Once upon a time, making a statement with your jewellery choices meant opting for precious stones. The biggest statement you could make was through a Diamond, a status symbol which spoke of wealth and prestige. But these days, the biggest talking point when it comes to jewellery is the statement necklace, and this is, more often than not, a glorious piece of costume jewellery. The newest name on the blog when it comes to costume jewellery that dazzles and delights is BIJOU BIJOU, a company that definitely comes under my ‘currently I’m loving’ tag.

BIJOU BIJOU is a veritable treasure trove of designer costume jewellery. Stocking designers such as Maria Black and Estella Bartlett, as well as its own brand of beautiful pieces, BIJOU BIJOU is definitely a site to bookmark, especially with the ‘C’ word just around the corner (yes, I am talking Christmas…how many weeks until the big day now?). All of their jewellery pieces come wonderfully packaged in trademark black boxes which mean you can immediately give these as a gift without needing to rush out for a gift bag.

 

I have been living in, and loving, the BIJOU BIJOU golden chain fringe necklace with black tassels. This ethnic/boho style necklace is currently out of stock in black, but you can grab a bargain with the multi-coloured option which is just gorgeous. The body of the necklace is a gold, nickel free chain effect which is substantial, but not too heavy around the neck. The tassels hang from hooks on the end of the chain and give the necklace that stand-out statement feel. The whole effect is of a collar style, making this look fabulous when worn over a crew neck, or even high necked halter style top of dress.

Because of the stand out, striking look of this necklace, it is the perfect piece to dress up any outfit or look. It could be worn over a t-shirt with a pair of jeans like I wore it below, and it would totally lift the outfit. The necklace is a versatile piece too, wear it over a simple shift dress of any colour and this could transform an outfit from a day to night look. The necklace can even be worn over black, as the gold lifts the look enough to still create a dramatic look.

The length of the necklace is 30cm, and it does have an extender chain on the fastening, which can change the look of the necklace from a choker/collar effect, to a more traditional necklace style.

All that glitters – a jewellery wishlist

I’ve been talking about wardrobe updates on the blog this month as it seems appropriate with the coming of Spring. Today I’m focusing on another way you can update your wardrobe, and that is through the jewellery you wear. Jewellery can completely change the look of an outfit, taking it from every day wear to being evening appropriate just through the addition of something sparkly or a real statement necklace. In addition, if you have a little black dress in your wardrobe, this can pretty much take you to every occasion depending on the jewellery you choose.

Statement Necklaces

I am a little obsessed with statement necklaces. I love the fact that you can wear one with a plain t-shirt and jeans, and suddenly the outfit no longer looks casual, and instead is very sophisticated. When wearing a statement necklace keep the rest of your jewellery to a minimum and let that key piece do all the talking. Dorothy Perkins has some fantastic and affordable statement necklaces at the moment, with some great discounts too.

Piano Key Necklace Was £14.50 Now £10.87Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Piano Key Necklace Was £14.50 Now £10.87 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Wrap Facet Necklace Was £16.50 Now £12.37Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Wrap Facet Necklace Was £16.50 Now £12.37 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Glitter Zebra Necklace Was £12.50 Now £9.37Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Glitter Zebra Necklace Was £12.50 Now £9.37 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Wearing a Watch

Even for those who don’t generally wear jewellery, a watch is often the exception to the rule. I love feminine watches, rather than those with fairly masculine big faces and fastenings. Babla’s jewellers currently have a fabulous range of watches, and I particularly love the DKNY selection, which has a selection of styles and metals to suit all tastes.

DKNY Crosswalk Ladies Watch NY2171 £80.74 Click to visit Babla's Jewellers

DKNY Crosswalk Ladies Watch NY2171 £80.74 Click to visit Babla’s Jewellers

DKNY Chambers Rose Gold Ladies Watch NY2214 £72.50 Click to visit Babla's Jewellers

DKNY Chambers Rose Gold Ladies Watch NY2214 £72.50 Click to visit Babla’s Jewellers

DKNY Crosswalk Ladies Watch NY2169 |£67.19 Click to visit Babla's Jewellers

DKNY Crosswalk Ladies Watch NY2169 |£67.19 Click to visit Babla’s Jewellers

Chandelier Earrings

From Edie Sedgwick, to Kate Moss and Beyonce, style icons have been showing that nothing looks more glamorous or elegant than an updo and a pair of sweeping chandelier earrings.  Next have some really great examples this season, these range from designers in diamante with a real Hollywood feel, to boho styles that will look brilliant with your cut off jeans come festival season.

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Silver Tone Glitter Detail Tassel Earrings £10 Click to visit NEXT

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What are your jewellery must haves?

JewelStreet – a feast for the eyes.

JewelStreet is a one stop jewellery haven that brings out the Magpie in me. A veritable feast for the eyes, JewelStreet combines 300 jewellery boutiques on one virtual High Street – a JewelStreet. This makes it a great place to look if you are trying to find something particular, from gemstones and precious metals, to the very best in designer costume jewellery. It is also a terrific destination if you want to treat someone special, or even just treat yourself. With brands like Muru, Jana Reinhardt, D for Diamonds and Kit Heath, I defy you to go to the website and not fall in love with at least one piece!

JewelStreet recently sent me a beautiful statement necklace from Fiorelli. Now, I am aware of the brand Fiorelli as a name in accessories, namely handbags and purses, but only recently found out that the brand had also branched into jewellery design. The online Fiorelli boutique on JewelStreet stocks an impressive 107 items. Clearly the brand is making big moves in the costume jewellery market, and I was excited to see if the quality of the piece would match the quality of their handbags.

The necklace I received was the pastel floral flower necklace, which arrived in a mini Fiorelli dustbag, with delivery from JewelStreet coming within a couple of days. Immediately I was struck with just how pretty this necklace is. the pastel colours work so well together and also suit the goldtone setting. This is definitely a statement piece, the largest flower immediately catches the eye, and the combination of diamante effect stones work well with the pastel pieces. I loved that this is a mismatch design, with different types and sizes of flowers – it gives the necklace a whimsical feel, and immediately evokes the paste jewellery that was so popular in the 1950s and early 60s.

Fiorelli Pastel Statement Flower Necklace £57.60 click to visit JewelStreet

Fiorelli Pastel Statement Flower Necklace £57.60 click to visit JewelStreet

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The necklace has a clasp fastening that can be extended so you can decide where it sits on your neckline. The length can be anywhere between 43 and 48cm dependent on where it is fastened, and this means it could work well with both high and v necklines.

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This is a really beautiful piece of jewellery that will look great, whether it be dressing up a pair of jeans on the school run, or making a statement with an evening dress. It is quite expensive, but on a par with Butler and Wilson pieces which cost a similar price. I have already worn this piece with two different looks and can see many occasions when this will be leaving the jewellery box.

To view the whole Fiorelli range at JewelStreet, click here.

*With thanks to JewelStreet for sending the necklace through for review.