As with designer perfumes, the scarily glamorous world of designer jewellery is one I often shy away from. It is a strange, golden world of money, style and confidence - none of which I possess in any great amount. I envy the ability of all these fashionable types to sport a fabulous piece of jewellery such aplomb, when I feel brave for simply changing watches every blue moon.
But, with the New Year comes another London Fashion Week, and this gives me the chance to expand on my lacklustre knowledge of what's hot and what's not in the land of accessories. An easy and painless way for me to start is with Tatty Devine, whose colourful website alone rouses a girly excitement in me. These guys were brought to my attention by a friend who, having noticed my awe at her Tatty Devine name necklace, bought me my very own (with my name rather than hers, obviously) for my birthday. The fun union of bold colours and 1950s styles carves them a nice little niche in the jewellery market, and one that I don't feel quite so nervous about embracing.
For those who like to be more traditional about their jewellery-wearing, Alex Monroe appears to be a consistently good bet. There is a great deal of elegance in his pieces, capturing beautiful images of nature and making them chic to wear. He also makes gold classy rather than gaudy, something which impresses an ardent silver-lover like me. Similarly, Eleanor Ford shows that you don't have to use shock tactics to be an appealing designer jeweller in the 21st century; drawing on fashions throughout history, she creates styles which will charm people of all ages.
LFW has always been a superb vehicle for showing off the talents of exciting eccentrics. Particularly noteworthy are Comfort Station and Super Fertile. The former's name may be slightly misleading, as there is a hint of darkness amongst some of the pieces (for example, earrings with tiny working pairs of scissors on them). However, there can be no denying the sheer sexiness of it. Super Fertile works on a more political level; simultaneously producing inventive jewellery whilst raising awareness of world issues is nothing to be sniffed at.
Personally I don't think I'm anywhere near courageous enough to wear designer jewellery or generally bold creations, but the ideas behind the eccentric styles are hugely admirable. In fact, even the relative accessibility of the other designers I've mentioned probably won't stir me into being a huge jewellery enthusiast. However, my eyes are now open to the variety of wearable art that exists. Perhaps one day I will do myself a favour and adorn myself with something a little bit more wonderful than something from Claire's Accessories.