Coco Chanel was ahead of the curve - as ever; ’I want my jewellery to be like ribbons in a woman’s hands. Supple and flexible.’ Today, tactile jewellery is having a moment, it talks to the backwards reasoning of saving your favourite things for ‘best’. Don’t put your jewels in a safe, wear them. Moreover play with them, fiddle with your ring but make it fine. These are little pieces of art you can't help but want to pick up and play with, for every personality, fantasy or taste. It’s time to express yourself.
Boucheron’s playful and multi-functional Jack by Boucheron collection marks a shift in the perception of how, and when, fine jewellery can be styled. Inspired by headphone jack cables (the clasp becomes the focal point of the pieces instead of discreetly hidden), the pieces can be worn as a bracelet, necklace, belt or hairpiece.
Valérie Messika grew up playing with precious stones her father gave her (diamond merchant André Messika, in case you were wondering). It’s sparked a rebel spirit Messika incorporated into her Move Classique collection. Moveable diamonds change up your piece. We love the Diamond Pavé Bangle; an 18 carat white gold hand-made bangle set with three moving brilliant-cut diamonds.
Customisable jewellery has come a long way from the Sex In The City nameplate necklace. For today’s individualist, check out London-based jewellery (and Kate Moss approved) designer Annina Vogel, who sources vintage charms, chains and trinkets from all over the UK to make one-off gems, as well as opt to create your own bespoke piece to reflect your personal style , and maybe even add 'jewellery designer' to your CV for extra fashion kudos.
Playful in the more nostalgic sense served up in animal form. Tiffany & Co’s Save the Wild charms are an entry-level take on the trend, while wearing a Boucheron embellished antelope on your ring finger will definitely invite attention at the Pret till. Tiffany Schlumberger collection is the epitome of wearable art, inspired by nature, exotic birds and mythical creatives.
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