If recent Awards Season is anything to go by, necklaces are back – glittering and twinkling in multiple strands, this look feels fresh over lace( Gal Gadot in Tiffany & Co. at The Oscars) or under tulle ( Gwyneth Paltrow in Bulgari at The Golden Globes).
In bridal circles, necklaces have been overlooked for the last few years, but we may have Charlotte Casiraghi to thank for bringing them in from the cold: she chose to wear her grandmother (Princess) Grace’s Cartier diamonds as her something old/borrowed on her own wedding day last year. Meanwhile, the aforementioned actresses proved there’s no such thing as a tricky neckline when you want to wear megawatt diamonds. Big and Bold is the theme here – we’re talking about full necklaces rather than dainty pendants, but with acres of intricate sparkle to keep the whole thing feeling light and pretty.
I frequently recommend Ben Amun to brides; his vintage-inspired designs are incredible. There is a small range available in Brown Thomas (who also stock sparkling Theia beauties) but the best selection is to be found online. Another literal treasure trove is Dublin’s vintage costume jewellery store, Rhinestones – keep an eye out for pretty retro paste pieces in particular. The super (Irish) women behind Brilliant Inc. always maintain that the standard of their setting work featuring simulated diamonds is so good, they can be mixed and matched with the real thing and no one would be any the wiser – a great idea for brides who want a necklace that ties seamlessly in with their engagement ring and a borrowed pair of diamond earrings.
For the brave, our ultimate necklace bridal inspiration will forever be Eva Mendes in a turquoise and diamond Van Cleef and Arpels masterpiece at the 2009 Golden Globes – one of the all-time great awards-season jewellery moments, she showed how an injection of colour is the most wonderful way to lift a white dress for a big occasion.
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