Dreams, Themes and Feminine Chic

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Juliet Rowe speaks on the LJW trends that will make splash this year.

Speaking of dreams, themes and reminiscing on feminine chic, Juliet Rowe provides her take on the London Jewellery Week trends that will be making a splash this year.

As skulls and rock and roll take a back-seat in all things central in the world of gems, femininity with a sprinkle of spirituality and mysticism is moving back to the fore.

With the smell of uncertainty still pervading our airspace and bank balances, the consumer is looking for something to soften the blow, a little luxurious order in the chaos. Skulls will still be interpreted by designers, but in a much more subtle way, such as via links of long chains.

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This is a viewpoint shared by the award-winning Ana de Costa, who says: “Autumn looks will be dark as usual, but with a fairytale, dreamy, mystical flavour, similar to the Indie scene in the music industry, such as Florence and the Machine, Bat For Lashes.”

On the theme of dreamy femininity with a little urban chic thrown in, lace and cut-outs seem very much du jour, with fabulous pieces from Kimberley Selwood (who is launching on QVC this month) and Katie Rowland. Israeli born jeweler, Michal Lerman, takes the carved look and makes it her own with her sumptuous statement pieces in yellow or white-gold, available at Wolf & Badger. The effects of lace seem to be on full flow, with the intricate effect working for day and eveningwear. Check out the great chunky cuffs from Wolf & Badger with this carved technique, from Annamaria S.

A rustic, unpolished finish to stones is still coming through, with interesting pieces from DeciLondon and the exotic, and sensual, colour palette of award-winning Joanna Dahdah, who devotes her current collection to her icon, Klimt. Layering is still very much du jour, with delicate trinkets and pretty charms suspended at different lengths from all of our favourites.

Nostalgia comes in many forms, further homage to the current predicament. The ever-innovative and utterly talented Jess de Lotz launches yet more incarnations of blasts from the past, namely with original light switches from the 50’s and rings with eyes and lashes from dolls, which blink as you move your hand. Genius.

De Costa’s pieces are perfectly timed, with the Alchemy collection debuting for the Autumn. The ‘Magik Wand’ pieces are full of mysticism and her ‘Sol and Luna’ day and night stud earrings do have the wow factor. You have to see her ‘Stardust Timeturner’ in silver, with pave diamonds and a hand-blown glass phial in the centre – filled with silverdust, for everyday magic
 

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