With Bec Astley Clarke
Receiving jewellery always feels like a lovely treat. Yet like perfume and beautiful lingerie, the way we accessorise is so personal, that choosing jewellery for someone else can feel too daunting.
So we asked Bec Astley Clarke MBE, founder of the British luxury brand, Astley Clarke, to nip out from her studio and help us navigate the tricky world of jewellery – so you get that gift right every time.
What does jewellery do for a woman’s body?
Jewellery enhances the most beautiful parts of a woman; the décolleté, ears, fingers, and in my opinion, there is nothing more beautiful than a delicate gold pendant resting next to an exposed collarbone.
When choosing a necklace, as a present for someone – be it a mother, daughter, sister or friend – what should we consider about her personality and lifestyle?
There are some fundamental factors to think about. For example, the metal type, coloured gemstones or diamonds and bold jewellery versus delicate pieces. I think it is a nice added touch to personalise gifts. My fail-safe is a bracelet or necklace from our Biography collection – each has a coloured gemstone or charm with a different meaning.
How does the occasion dictate the style of necklace?
My rule is – be adventurous. I don’t believe you should be restricted to wearing a certain type of jewellery for a certain occasion. I have been known to arrive in the office wearing my jeans, a t-shirt and layers of diamond pendants. Jewellery is a symbol of individuality – so think about the person you’re buying for and play to their strengths – rather than arbitrary rules about style.
Do certain metals suit different skin tones?
There are no definitive rules, but blondes generally look great in gold. Try rose and yellow gold if you haven’t already, as rose is incredibly flattering on most skin tones and you may find yourself converted. Brunettes often suit silver more.
Bec Astley Clarke MBE is Founder of Astley Clarke.