Due to general economic uncertainty, the price of gold is on the rise – and has been for some time now. But of course, in typical fashion, the colour of yellow gold has never been more fashionable. The last time this happened, designers like Monica Vinader came to the fore, their fierce, smart pieces cleverly plated or gold dipped to keep the price right. This style is what is commonly referred to as ‘demi-fine’ – jewels that aren’t strictly precious but have a quality design and manufacturing pedigree, using premium materials.
This time around, I’ve fallen in love with British-by-way-of-Scandinavia designer Tilly Sveaas, who has long been a favourite of the stylish London set. Her work is defined by bold, chunky pieces with clean lines – in silver and gold plating, from 18 to 23.5cts, to keep pricing lean. She eschews any gemstones in favour of heavy metals and it’s this minimal aesthetic that sets her apart from the crowd.
These grownup baubles are polished and punchy; I’m particularly drawn to the heavy gold-toned bracelets, which would be ideal to elevate a winter work wardrobe, while the bulbous rings look so fresh stacked in a set of two or three. The drop ring on these earrings can be removed, so they can also be worn as classic hoops. These are clever pieces designed to reflect how we wear jewellery now, and the collections have a warrior woman vibe – just the thing for us all going into battle daily.