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After I saw The September Issue I wanted to know where Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief of Vogue, got the gorgeous gemstone necklaces she wore throughout the film. Figuring they were the real deal and guessing just how expensive aquamarines (and amethysts and topazes) that size must be, I also wondered if there were any similar necklaces out there in my price range. I got busy on eBay and Google and that, Dear Reader, is how I found the fabulous Nerida at Art for Interiors. She was impressed by those necklaces too and from her I learned that Anna's are original Georgian collet necklaces. Georgian pieces represent a period in jewelry from 1714-1830, running through Kings George I, II, III and IV, and a period of Regency as well. Anna's necklaces quite possibly came from S.J. Phillips Ltd., the London jewelers, and so average around $20,000 each.
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Nerida lives in Hong Kong and has been working on recreating collet necklaces that are similar to Anna's. After trial and error the wonderful results are in and now offered for sale on her site. Each necklace is made with 18mm x 13mm foil-backed Swarovski crystals and, depending on the necklace, you can choose between plain, beaded or tooled mounts. You can also choose any color crystal you like from the Swarovski color chart, although to best compliment the setting Nerida recommends selecting a color that goes well with gold.
My mother bought one recently in topaz, which I visited with over the holidays. It is gorgeous! I wanted to test drive this necklace on a date night with my husband, but unfortunately he and I both came down with the flu and there went date night. I did manage to put on the necklace to model it and take pictures. The necklace my mother bought is 16.5 inches with a 4-inch extender chain and features a beaded mount, which you can see better in the close-up.
You could wear any of these necklaces with a little black dress or mix one with jeans and a T-shirt, or a cardigan and shift dress, just like Anna! I am especially loving the mixed stone amethyst necklace shown above.
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