Table of Contents Seventeen carats of emeralds and 11 carats of diamonds glow against a pristine button-down. Graff necklace, price upon request, graff.com, Prada shirt, $1,300, select Prada boutiques, Molly Goddard cardigan, $625, net-a-porter.com. Statement pearls and pins add polish to a black-and-white ensemble. Tiffany & Co. earrings, price upon […]
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By David Abrahams for WSJ. Magazine | Styling by Elizabeth Fraser-Bell
One way to dress up a clean-cut look: Throw on dozens of diamonds. Everyday outfits, which these days may consist of sporty tees and chic sweaters, can transform into statement ensembles when styled with a few pieces of gem-laden jewelry—in this case including rare pieces from the season’s sought-after high jewelry collections. Though it may seem out of place to wear big stones with casual clothes, stylist Elizabeth Fraser-Bell demonstrates the trick is to consider the neckline, the sleeve length and the color of each garment. In some cases, the jewelry can fit in like a puzzle piece. A double-layer V-shaped necklace from Graff made of 11 carats of diamonds and 17 carats of emeralds falls effortlessly inside the lines of an unbuttoned shirt, while the round crew neck of a T-shirt frames a Bulgari Serpenti choker.
“Don’t be afraid to go big and clash,” says Fraser-Bell, who, for this shoot with photographer David Abrahams, played with the idea of preppy dressing mixed with extra-large precious pieces. A white turtleneck and beige cardigan provides a neutral backdrop to pile on Dior’s Rose des Vents emerald and diamond layered necklace with a pair of large ball hoops and a diamond starburst ring from David Yurman. The curve of a white-gold-and-diamond Pluie de Cartier High Jewelry necklace plays off the slouchy V-neck of a cable-knit sweater. A crisp black-and-white houndstooth blazer worn with Tiffany’s gold-winged pearl earrings and Van Cleef & Arpels’s onyx and mother-of-pearl pins looks ultra modern. Lastly, if you prefer simplicity, a lone pair of diamond earrings is always a good solution. A sleek style, such as Louis Vuitton’s La Cavalière diamond-and-white-gold earrings, go well with just about anything, including bare summer skin. —Jenny Hartman
Patek Philippe Reference 3940 perpetual calendar men’s watch with 18kt white gold case and clasp, originally purchased in 1999 from Tourneau (N.Y.) (est. CA$35,000-$45,000).Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. NEW HAMBURG, Ontario, Canada – A Patek Philippe Reference 3940 perpetual calendar men’s watch with 18kt white gold case and clasp, a […]
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