Styling / Art Direction

Cuffs are open backed bracelets which most people save for best but I’m a great believer in getting your bottom drawer (as my grandma called it) out everyday just because it’s Tuesday and you can.  The big jewellery houses all do diamond cuffs and I decided to create a valley or river of diamonds which was hopefully flowing in my direction in terms of ownership.  I can dream…

Of course for the purposes of this shoot I had to visit a raft of Bond Street ateliers to try on said cuffs and then choose pieces that created harmony together, uniting differing styles.  The world of fine jewellery is a dangerous place and so having a budget of less than £30,000 is a relief in some ways because it takes you out of the running altogether.  I know one thing though, if I ever happened across a vast fortune I’d be blinged up to the eyeballs!

Jewellery “Champ de Blé” cuff in 18k white gold and diamonds, Chanel High Jewellery, POA.

6ct pear-shape diamond bangle with yellow diamond micro-set petals in 18k red and white gold, David Morris, POA.

Diamond cuff (49.8ct), Graff, POA.

“Mosaic” bangle with five Ashoka cut diamonds in 18k rose gold, Boodles, £55,200

“Lily” cluster bangle with diamonds (7.68ct) set in platinum, Harry Winston, POA.

“Out of Retirement” hinged bracelet in 18k gold with diamonds, Tiffany, £29,900

“Phenomena Glacier” seven-row bracelet with white diamonds and white gold, De Beers, POA

Creative Team Stylist: Melanie Grant, Photographer: Joel Stans.

Photographed for 1843 Magazine at The Economist in August 2017.


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