By Åse Anderson in London
Diamond jewellery is an enduring classic when it comes to Christmas gift ideas for women. A pair of diamond earrings or bracelet are guaranteed to become the jewels that she will reach for time and time again. And the good news is that there are plenty of diamond jewels out there that are priced below £3,000 - a modest budget for a present that is likely to become one of her most treasured possessions.
The Astley Clarke Moonlight Cosmos locket in rose gold with diamond pavé (£1,950) would make a romantic Christmas gift - even more so if you place a picture of yourself inside the locket before wrapping it.
The new Tiffany T collection from Tiffany & Co. is a modern classic in the making with its bold, geometric shapes inspired by the famous New York skyline. Two graphic Ts accentuate the simple lines of this wire bracelet in white, set with round brilliant diamonds (£2,450).
Described as a jewellery classic of the future, these Annoushka diamond ear pins in white gold (£1,990) are incredibly versatile and couldn't be more on trend for Christmas 2014. Elegant and fun, Messika's Move bracelet in white gold (£1,170) features three brilliant-cut diamonds that slide back and forth with the movement of the wearer's wrist.
Italian jewellery designer Carolina Bucci believes that "diamonds are too beautiful to be reserved for engagement rings", and we fully agree. Her Lucky Diamonds collection is full of exquisite pieces that can be worn every day, such as these rings with four different diamond-studded motifs symbolising passion, virtue, peace and love (£1,670 each).
Topping the seasonally appropriate Christmas gift ideas for women is the stunning new Star collection from H.Stern. Inspired by an antique tiara, these mesmerising jewels are crafted out of noble gold - a colour that is exclusive to the Brazilian jewellery house - and set with diamonds in different shades, from light cognac to off-white. Engage in a spot of stargazing with the muted colours of this Star ring (£2,800), set with 29 cognac diamonds, which exudes an air of old-world glamour that is offset by its jagged, modern shape.