Colourful Christmas jewels

In these cold, grey days, colourful jewellery has an important ability to lift our mood. As Greek jeweller Ileana Makri said earlier this year when she launched her multi-chromatic Deco collection, "so many sad things happen in life, it's important to have a little fun". Bold and bright jewels do just that; teaming up with fairy lights, shiny baubles, tinsel and all other festive accoutrements to make the northern hemisphere's darkest time of the year that little bit brighter. Giving boldly coloured jewellery as a gift is relatively fail-safe too: even if she's a slave to monochrome, there's no all-back outfit that can't be improved with the addition of a pair of Tessa Packard's rich lapis earrings, for example, or a colour-pop pinkie ring by Sabine G. For colour-phobes it's best to keep it subtle, bringing vibrant gems to jewels she'll want to wear everyday: whether it's the glow of amethyst crystals in Noor Fares's oh-so-cool Octave Pendulum pendant, a colour-clash toi et moi ring from Dior, or a multi-hued version of her favourite alternative ear accessory from Yvonne Léon or, indeed, Makri herself. If she's already sold on the mood-lifting effects of colourful jewels then this Christmas the options are almost endless. Go for a block of festive tones, such as Ippolita's double disc earrings studded with Gemfields rubies, Jessica McCormack's rich cabochon emerald earrings, or the sparkling green agate Crystal Haze earrings from Stephen Webster's Cheapside Hoard-inspired Gold Struck collection. Or embrace the colour clash altogether, as designers from Chaumet to Shaun Leane are wont to do. The former's mismatched Abeille earrings frame the face with a sumptuous yellow sapphire bee on one side and its peridot sibling on the other, while Leane's amethyst and ruby Aurora ring is sure to garner compliments come Christmas cocktail time. Elsewhere jewellers make use of all the colours of the rainbow, with Vanleles, Carolina Bucci, Solange Azagury-Patridge and Venyx's Eugenie Niarchos calling on multi-hued sapphires and tsavorites, while private jeweller Star Diamond does so in the most sumptuous way possible using rare, vivid coloured diamonds.

Earrings Stephen Webster

Ring Dior.

Earrings Chaumet

Ring, Venyx.

Earrings Tessa Packard

Ring Shaun Leane

Ring Carorila Bucci


Bracelet Woodbury


Earrings Vanleles


Necklace Kiki McDonough

Earring Ileana Makri

Earrings Nikos Koulis.

Earrings Star Diamond

Earrings, Talisman Gallery



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