Blue collet necklace in a gold mount. Photo by Duchessa Jewels.
My friend Nerida at Art for Interiors has recently launched Duchessa Jewels to sell the gorgeous jewelry she designs.
From Nerida I learned that the gemstone necklaces I admire on Anna Wintour are collet necklaces, a style popular in the Georgian era—referring to the years 1714-1830 when the kings George I through IV ruled England (with a Regency thrown in for fun, from 1811-1820). She’s also taught me about the jewelry owned by the Duchess of Windsor. What I love about Nerida is that she has taken her passion for famous and historical jewelry and figured out a way to recreate it so you can have some of that glamour in your life without being the editor of a famous magazine or a woman married to a former king.
My mother bought one of Nerida’s topaz collet necklaces a year ago and I love to see it (and yes, put it on, see below) every chance I get. She recently purchased the blue necklace shown above which I hope she will let me borrow for Date Night the next time I’m in Virginia.
Wearing the topaz collet necklace, December 2010.
Dear Mom, once the blue necklace arrives, please wear both of them together like Anna does:
Anna at the Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2012 show on October 3, 2011. Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe.
And then add some sunglasses and a wild trench!
Anna attending the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012 show on October 5, 2011. Photo by Bauer Griffin.
Do stop by Duchessa Jewels and have a look at Nerida’s beautiful designs such as the above bib necklace, based on the Duchess of Windsor’s stunning 1947 Cartier bib necklace.