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.