Forget flashy and over-the-top — Christmas jumpers with bedazzled caricature reindeers are my favourite, said no one ever — because the true spirit of gifting is all about meaningful subtlety where sentiment strikes the perfect balance with functionality. Most folks may lament that this is an impossible criteria, but you need only cast your attention towards Astley Clarke, the newest jewellery import from Britain to land on our shores, to resolve this very gifting dilemma.
A contemporary fine jewellery label steeped in minute detailing and charming whimsy with that particular luxury Brit aesthetic, Astley Clarke is steadily causing a stir the likes of which you'd want to be among the posse of pioneers to capitalise on. Besides, is there anybody who doesn't like receiving jewellery? We thought not. Putting together the best bits for even the fussiest BFFs, here are the signature pieces that'll get you revved up in the gifting department:
Spinning a modern take on vintage glamour, Astley Clarke has everything a girl would want when it comes to dressy cocktail finery with the signature collections such as the Icon and Rising Sun. Think thousands of precious diamonds laid down in a glittering mosaic to form a spherical perfection, then bursting in faceted sunrays for the latter. From statement rings and necklaces to stunning oversized cuffs, no glamazon will be able to resist this.
PUT A PIN ON IT
Unique to the brand in a dizzying array of designs meant for coveting, collecting and customising, the Biography Pin collection is every artsy DIY-queen's dream. A fine jewellery upgrade with precious coloured gems studded in sturdy metal settings, these finely crafted pieces are de rigeur embellishments to dress up everything you fancy. Be it lapels, bags or scarves, imagination is the only limitation. Curate your giftee a starter kit and watch it grow from there.
COMPOSE A BIO
The cornerstone of the Astley Clarke trademark, the Biography Friendship Bracelet is bohemian-meets-feminine in a multicoloured kaleidoscope threaded through with beads of every combination under the sun. Adorned with a petite charm, this modern-day talisman for the BFF squad also comes in a new adjustable fit, giving you the happy headache of bountiful options for all the stacking and layering whims your gal pals are rocking.
Shop Astley Clarke in stores at Tangs and online here.