Demi-fine jewels are getting a lot of attention as fine jewellery looks with costume prices are converting high street shoppers.
Princess Michael of Kent and Dolce & Gabbana got their fingers slapped for its use, but these controversial jewels still attract buyers.
The news of the passing of Ralph Turner, co-founder of The Electrum Gallery, has left me thinking about conceptual jewellery. Turner and his business partner Barbara Cartlidge were the first gallery owners in Britain to champion this style of jewellery when they opened their store in 1971, and the shop continued to do so until its closure in 2012.
Kate Moss’s announcement last week that she has designed a jewellery line did not come as a shock. Just like fashion and homewares, gardening and cooking, the jewellery industry is not immune to a celebrity collaboration. While some stars simply lend their necklines and hands to a brand, other will get involved in the design process (or at least claim to). Here are just a few of those celebrity jewellery lines, including Kate’s.