They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but there is a host of far more interesting – and accessible – jewels for you to sparkle in this season.

Statement Brooches

Everything from feathers to berets to silver lame roses were pinned on models’ lapels in the fall/winter collections, with Lanvin, Miu Miu and Emporio Armani getting in on the act. These are a gorgeous way to jazz up a simple t-shirt or jacket, especially if you can get your hands on some original vintage brooches. And why stick to just one? Don a cluster of differently sized brooches and pins for stand-out style.


No longer the preserve of grannies and sorority girls, pearls have shaken off their classic image and been given a serious dose of cool. Expect to find the gems stacked on rings, in supersize gobstopper strands or lined up along punky ear cuffs. Thanks to the influence of Y/Project, Mulberry and Moschino, we can all be pearly queens this season.

Ear Bling

With gala season well underway and Christmas parties on the horizon, there’s no better time to adorn yourself in high-shine crystals. Our eye was caught by dangling tassel earrings that channel the glamor of Studio 54 (see Isabel Marant, Jeremy Scott, Saint Laurent), as well as dramatic cuffs that snake up the outer ear (Mulberry, Oscar de la Renta), destined to be a street style hit.