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Telegraph jewellery and watches editor Sarah Royce-Greensill celebrates all things that sparkle this season. Here she shares some gorgeous jewellery inspiration for Christmas
It is a truth universally acknowledged that the best presents come in the smallest boxes. Fashion trends come and go, technology quickly becomes obsolete – and no one tells fond stories about that bottle of port they unwrapped 10 years ago. Yet every woman feels more beautiful in fine jewellery and every man more confident with the right watch on his wrist.
We attach precious memories to jewellery, which is why it is so treasured. Choosing the right piece is vital. Is she a white, yellow or rose-gold woman? Does she wear diamonds or coloured gemstones? Her fashion choices provide clues: is she a sucker for prestigious labels or does she choose little-known brands?
Most watch-loving men, meanwhile, have a dream model in mind – chances are it’s a Patek Philippe. But any Swiss-made piece makes an exceptional gift, whether it’s a sports model by Rolex or Tag Heuer or a dress watch – perhaps Omega or Jaeger-LeCoultre. All are available from Mappin & Webb. Whatever you choose, it will be cherished for a lifetime.
These supremely elegant vintage-style pearl and diamond earrings by Mikimoto are the epitome of old-school glamour.
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend – and this bangle from Mappin & Webb’s Violetta collection contains over one carat of them.
Messika makes diamond jewellery with a hint of the avant garde. This asymmetric ‘moi et toi’ ring is just rebellious enough.
A ‘Patek’ combination of sportiness and elegance, the Flyback Chronograph will score brownie points with the watch connoisseur
The art deco beauty of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso comes with a hidden twist: a second black dial. Classy and versatile.
Gifts that endure
If you want to treat someone this Christmas, nothing says love quite like diamonds. Mappin & Webb offers a range of truly unique engagement rings, striking gemstones and timeless classics – gifts that will be cherished for years to come. To find the one they’ve been dreaming of, or design your own, visit mappinandwebb.com