Heirloom pearls and vintage cuts might be the mainstay of fine jewellery, but that's not all there is to it. Show off your personality and sense of humour with fine jewellery that brings more to the table than just the sparkle of diamonds. Wear your emotions around your neck with Alison Lou's emoticon necklaces, or make an impactful statement with Diane Kordas' pop-art designs. Ready to take the plunge? Here are five designers we recommend.
1. Delfina Delettrez
Delfina Delettrez (a fourth generation Fendi, no less) made a name for herself with her asymmetrical earrings that contrast classic pearls with motifs associated with pop culture. Her lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek designs are perfect for the lady that doesn't take herself too seriously. In her Magic Puppy collection, the designer works her magic on the people's favourite (animals), but manages to keep it more whimsical, and less cloyingly cute.
2. Alison Lou
If you're one to punctuate almost every sentence with an emoticon when text messaging (like us), then designer Alison Lou Chemla's designs are right up your alley. Take pride in expressing your emotions like a true Millenial by donning the brand's signature diamond and gold faces that are available in the form of necklaces, bracelets and rings.
3. Solange Azagury-Partridge
Bold's the word with designer Solange Azagury-Partridge. The Hot Lips ring in particular, is a fun yet sexy addition to any collection and will punctuate an outfit with its luscious curves and brilliant hues. Available in red gold, cherry red and diamond encrusted versions to name but a few, your search for the alluring statement ring ends here.
4. Diane Kordas
Because we all have a weakness for pop culture and its imagery. Remember 3.1 Phillip Lim's Ka-Pow sweaters that were all the rage? Diane Kordas' statement rings (and necklaces) are pretty much the fine jewellery version of those eye-catching knits. Indulge your soft spot for vibrant pop-art graphics with these rings that also double up as conversation pieces.
Animals seem to be the way to a woman's heart — but designer Katie Hillier knew that already. Express your adoration for deers, daschunds and bunnies alike with her yellow gold necklaces that have been designed to double up as paper clips. Our opinion? Keep it around your neck and well away from the stack of papers.