It’s that time of year again when carved pumpkins light up our porches and sugar-fuelled children run around the neighbourhood in masks trying to scare us into handing over enough sweets to last them until Christmas.
While we may be too old to join them in knocking on our neighbours’ doors, that doesn’t mean we can’t look the part on All Hallows Eve. Whether you’re going all out with a meticulously planned costume or simply looking to add a touch of gothic glamour, we have got some frighteningly cool jewellery lined up.
Skull jewellery is big news this autumn with the on-trend motif appearing everywhere, including elegant and edgy Holly Dyment jewellery featuring rings in her trademark hand-painted enamel. For maximum opulence, opt for skull jewellery in decadent yellow gold, such as this selection of Buddha Mama rings with blue or pink sapphires set into the eye sockets.
Creepy crawlies are an integral part of Halloween and even if the real thing sends you running from the room, bejewelled spiders are the perfect antidotes to arachnophobia. Based in the exotic environs of Mexico, Daniela Villegas looks to nature for inspiration for her glamorous one-of-a-kind pieces, including wood, feathers and insects. With a body fashioned out of a Keshi pearl and legs crafted from 18ct rose gold, her spider necklace transforms what could be a macabre motif into a beautiful jewel.
Similarly, Gaelle Khouri jewellery incorporates gothic elements into a stunning debut collection, Garden of Earthly Delights. Described as embodying “the deep-rooted instinctive connection that exists between a woman and nature”, the provocative yet stylish jewels draw on nature’s raw beauty.
As always, Harrods has a large selection of skull pendants and spider earrings including a range of Theo Fennell jewellery renowned for its clever and witty tongue-in-cheek designs. For those who prefer a more subtle touch of gothic glamour, be sure to check out Jacqueline Cullen jewellery crafted from Whitby jet and embellished with a generous smattering of black diamonds.
Whether or not you embrace the whole spectacle of Halloween, these are jewels that will be coveted long after the last jack-o-lantern has been extinguished. And if you’re not content with accessorising your outfit, there is even a life-like spider clock by MB&F that will ensure your home also has a suitably spooky vibe. Entitled Arachnophobia, this clock will either cure your fear of spiders or give you nightmares forever more. Inspired by a giant spider sculpture called Maman (mother in French) created by Louise Bourgeois, Arachnophobia features a high-end L’Epée clock movement embedded in the torso and head of a spider. Available in either black or yellow gold, the clock can stand on a table or be mounted on a wall for maximum impact.
Now you know how to get your own back on those pesky trick or treaters!