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How to wear… vintage-style jewellery

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We’re always trying to keep you on top of the latest looks in the world of jewellery and fashion here at QVC, but how do those looks translate away from the glare of the studio lights? Our Street Style features show us how, and are full of inspiration, including how to wear gold during the day and how to accessorise an office-appropriate look with black jewellery.

One of the latest trends we’ve seen coming through from jewellery designers has been for ornate, ostentatious designs using large and richly-coloured stones – the kind of thing that wouldn’t look out of place on a Dowager Countess.

But you don’t need to be ghosting gracefully through the halls of some grand country house to wear these gorgeous designs, as demonstrated by a couple of our jewellery buyers when we caught up with them earlier this week. The look isn’t strictly vintage – this jewellery is all brand new – it’s more that it’ll look and feel like a family heirloom when you put it on.


Lucy:

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Lucy is road-testing some of the hottest samples we’ve currently got in the office before they hit our warehouse in the coming weeks. There’s a cross necklace from the new Elizabeth Taylor Jewellery Collection that we’re launching in April, using regal simulated diamonds and inspired by this screen legend’s own personal collection.

She’s created a really chic layered look in both her outfit and her jewellery, using a collection of different-size rings. There’s a pair of Diamonique stacking rings and a K by Kelly Hoppen ring in Smoky Quartz, plus two versions of a new Diamonique ring using simulated rubies and sapphires that should be available in the next couple of months.

Notice how keeping everything within golden tones really unifies the pieces and makes them feel like a set. Neat trick!

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The look is completed by another statement ring from K by Kelly Hoppen, a more understated knot design for balance, and a jazzy Bulter & Wilson brooch pinned into her hat.

Also pictured: Fiorelli Aspen concertina bag in Blue


Trisha:

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While being watched by a curious duck, Trisha was dialling into a part of the trend that uses really vividly-coloured stones and crystals. And we couldn’t talk about brightly-coloured stones and crystals without mentioning Butler & Wilson!

The Eye brooch she’s wearing really says (pun alert) ‘look at me’, with its arresting bright blue centre and crystal teardrop. A second brooch, depicting a moth, has a more traditional feel. Read more about the symbolism behind insect jewellery with our guide.

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The blue tones from the eye are echoed in an openwork Diamonique by Tova necklace that uses simulated sapphires (coming soon), and a tanzanite ring. Her look is completed with some Diamonique pearl earrings, tying the look together with their silver setting so that, again,everything feels like a set.


Head over to The Style List to find more vintage-inspired designs and other style inspiration.

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