Lydia Courteille Dragonfly earrings
For all-out fabulousness, I always head to Lydia Courteille. You won’t find a single sedate jewel in Lydia’s cabinet of curiosities. Instead, you will find a fantastical selection of gift ideas, including these shoulder-grazers. The dragonflies’ wings have been hand-painted in enamel, mirroring the spectacular colour-changing iridescence found in nature, with electric-green tsavorites mixed with sapphires making up the body, and emeralds for eyes.
Charlotte Chesnais Hook diamond earring
A protégé of Nicolas Ghesquière, Charlotte Chesnais has been one of the most talked-about jewellery designers in fashion circles this year. Her effortlessly chic jewels were the talk of Couture Week in Paris, when the Parisian jeweller debuted her first fine jewellery collection. This hook design in white gold, set with diamonds, has a sculptural simplicity about it. Team it with a simple white gold stud for everyday cool.
Archi Dior Milieu du Siècle Diamant mismatched earrings
When Dior launched its Archi Dior high jewellery collection last year, it was an instant sensation. Inspired by the great couture gowns designed by Monsieur Christian Dior, the jewels mimicked the draping, pleating and gathering of luxurious fabrics, and it wasn’t long before a diffusion line followed. These Milieu du Siècle earrings are as delicate as lace, with the white gold following the contours of the diamonds, creating a pretty scalloped edge.
Jessica McCormack Mini Wings of Desire diamond earrings
If you haven’t yet visited Jessica McCormack’s five-storey townhouse on London’s exclusive Mount Street, it’s gift inspiration heaven. These Wings of Desire are from Jessica’s first jewellery collection, Messenger of Gods. There have been many interpretations of these stylised wings – one of Jessica’s best-known designs – but these are my favourite, with the graduated diamonds set into blacked white gold, giving them the patina of an antique jewel.
Robinson Pelham Elfen ear wings
Live the fairy tale in these magical Elfen Ear Wings from London’s Robinson Pelham, which have a hint of the Galadriel about them. Held in place by a stud fastening half way up the wing, white diamonds swoop up the lobe, set in rose gold. Sold individually, Robinson Pelham has an area of its Chelsea boutique devoted to Stud Club – a colourful collection of single earrings that allows you to get the mix-and-match look that is a huge trend right now.