With a history that can be traced back to ancient times, birthstones are back on the fashion radar. From deep green emeralds to blood-red garnets, these jewellery designs are top of our desperately-must-have list.
Image source: Annoushka
“I have tried to remove the feeling of reverence that so often surrounds the whole experience of buying and wearing fine jewellery,” says British jewellery designer Annoushka Ducas.
New venture Annoushka has seen the Links of London founder shift from silver to pieces heavy with jewels and colour. This brilliant blue Dusty Diamonds topaz bangle (£1,700) combines raw beauty with vintage glam – and you don’t just have to be a December baby to wear it.
Ruby in the sky with diamonds
Image Source: Polly Wales
Sapphire’s blushing sister, the claret-drenched ruby, is July’s birthstone.
British jewellery designer Polly Wales – who recently moved her entire operation to LA – uses lost-wax casting techniques to create delicately imperfect pieces. “We make jewellery that never has a perfect moment”, she says.
This ruby confetti ring with diamonds (£2,800) displays Polly’s rough luxe, ‘from the earth’ aesthetic. The scattered rubies and tiny diamonds are directly cast into the 18-carat yellow gold, breaking through at random points to resemble natural gem-encrusted forms.
A touch of peridot
Peridot is one of few gemstones that occur in only one colour. The birthstone of August; its unusual lime-green zest is just right for injecting vibrancy into fine jewellery – the tiniest gem can pack a mighty punch.
Image source: Alex Monroe
We’ve had our eye on fast-becoming-iconic designer Alex Monroe for some time now and this apple & green peridot necklace (£120) only heightens our appetite for his playful designs.
Image source: Astley Clarke
You can always rely on Astley Clarke for a new way with colourful gems.
Take its Avid Adventurer Biography bracelet stack (£365). The jewellers blend purple amethyst (February’s birthstone) with red garnet (January) to create a delicate piece set in 18-carat yellow gold plated sterling silver. Now that’s a friendship bracelet.
Prepare to be seduced by the newest addition to the opal family, the Ethiopian Wello opal.
Image source: Ornella Iannuzzi
Quickly becoming one of the world’s most sought-after gemstones, these milky October birthstones have inspired London-based jewellery artist Ornella Iannuzzi. Her Coralline Atoll ring (£8,500) is created from 18-carat gold encrusted with diamonds and all set off with a Wello opal cabochon. Swoon.
Objects of sapphire
Ancient Persian rulers believed that the heavens were blue because the earth rested on a giant sapphire. Just like the sky, the gemstone appears in a realm of colours; from the gold of sunrise to the velvet indigo of twilight.
Image source: Harrods
Rock September’s birthstone with these sapphire-studded Lady Stardust earrings (£4,300, Harrods) by Stephen Webster. A reference to David Bowie, his alter ego Ziggy Stardust and the iconic lightning bolt motif, these amethyst-set pieces are arty, fierce, glam and feminine all rolled into one.
*Lead image source: Polly Wales/ Facebook
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