The essentials - women

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 03 February, 2012, 12:00am


1 String of pearls

Traditionally given to girls on their sweet 16th birthday, pearls are simply classic yet elegant. Take a cue from Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's and invest in a simple necklace that you can wear forever.

Try for size: Limited-edition South Sea pearl necklace with rose quartz, moonstone, morganite and pave set diamonds in platinum (price upon request) by Paspaley, The Galleria, 9 Queen's Road Central, T 2525 5959.

2 Diamond tennis bracelet

Decorate your wrists with a tennis bracelet, which is made up of a continuous line of round diamonds. Break with tradition and choose shapes such as ovals and triangles.

Try for size: Platinum and diamond bracelet (HK$251,000) by Cartier, Prince's Bldg, Central, T 2522 2963.

3 Solitaire earrings

No matter the size, a pair of diamond studs never go out of style. Wear them with jeans or an evening gown.

Try for size: Four-prong setting diamond solitaire earrings (price upon request) by Forevermark, available from Chow Tai Fook, T 2526 8649.

4 Stacking rings

Forget your wedding band; add some fun to your look with stacking rings. While there is no limit to the number you wear, three is the most popular. Add your own personality by choosing different stones and colours.

Try for size: Azulea stacking rings in black, silver, yellow and rose gold, set with a 0.03 carat diamond (HK$7,000 each) by DeBeers, The Landmark, Central, T 2118 2321.

5 Diamond watch

While a watch can be boring and practical, take it to new fashion heights with some bling. Timepieces decorated with sparkling diamonds are perfect for black-tie events or for moments when you just want to impress.

Try for size: Limelight Dancing Light 18k white-gold watch paved with 335 brilliant-cut diamonds (HK$1.63 million) by Piaget, Prince's Building, Central, T 2525 5585.

6 Brooch

There's a reason brooches never go out of style - they can be worn in a multitude of ways, either on clothing or on other pieces of jewellery, such as necklaces and bracelets. Styles range from modest to whimsical, so make sure to pick what suits you best.

Try for size: The ornate Le Bal Oriental Femme au Dragon Decor Clip set in pink gold with diamonds, coloured sapphires, red spinels and grey mother-of-pearl (price upon request) by Van Cleef & Arpels, Prince's Building, Central, T 2522 9677.

7 Hoop earrings

A tried-and-tested favourite, they come in plain gold styles or with diamonds. Recent trends point to more unusual shapes such as teardrops.

Try for size: Diamond teardrop hoops in yellow gold (HK$23,200) by Brigetta Jewellery,

8 Cocktail ring

Jewellery should make a statement, and cocktail rings fit the bill perfectly. These fun rings feature a large semi-precious or precious stone at the centre, usually in a bright, bold colour.

Try for size: Aveu white gold ring with a purple sapphire and diamonds (HK$210,000); and Etoiles de Mer yellow gold ring (HK$640,000) with diamonds, beryl, sapphires and spinels by Dior Joaillerie, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, T 3417 3195.