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Mention spring to a Melburnian and their eyes light up like a Christmas tree. In fact, for some, it’s probably even better than Christmas because the presents are all for you! Fashion this year for women is all about the nude … as in the colour.
Beautiful, feminine shades of pale peach, barely-there pink, cream and coffee will be descending upon us this spring. It’s a colour palette that can provide a challenge when trying to co-ordinate jewellery because it can work with gold or silver, pearls or lace, but is very dependent on the exact shade. But the best tip I can give is to take your outfit with you to co-ordinate on the spot. Yes, you will look like a bag lady with shoes, hat-box and dress bag in tow, but it will all be worth it when you walk away with the perfect pieces. And remember, as always with accessories, take a leaf out of controversial 1960s racegoer Jean Shrimpton’s book, less is definitely more.
You don’t have to mortgage your house to look good. With some careful choices at shops such as Portmans and Diva, you can look a million dollars without the price tag.
Beautiful enamel flower and pearls. Portmans $24.95
Dress up disco with gold disk earrings. Diva $9.99
Elke Kramer Slave Bracelet in Dalmatian Jasper and Oceanic resin with brass clasp. $210
or at Alphaville stores
Sophie Kyron Aladdin neckpiece
Hand-crocheted metallic silver lurex with crystal beads, leather flower, semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls and silver-plated chain. $440
Armadale Classics, Armadale
Enhance Jewellery, Hampton
Lacquer, Port Melbourne
House of Balaklava, East St Kilda
Jan Logan Rosette necklace is beige perfection! Silver beige Rosette and freshwater pearl necklace. $275
Stockist: 1300 00 1989,
Double sapphire earrings by Melbourne artist Sarah Heyward
Mild-steel, black and amber rough Australian sapphires. $670
Stockist: 9639 5111,
Mimco stunning ivory knot
drop earring. $149
Stockist: 1800 994 340,
Vintage cabaret ring by Samantha Wills with amber Czech crystal and Swarovski crystal and antique silver beads. $220
Some serious spending, but pieces you will have forever. Go for a classic and create an heirloom piece … as if you needed help justifying it!
For some edge, Gothic Lace Window Necklace by Melbourne artist Melissa Cameron. Titanium, silver and stainless steel. $880
Rough diamond rings by Melbourne artist Sarah Heyward.
Left: Knife Edge ring, 18-carat yellow gold with rough diamond. $1110. Middle: Ring, 18-carat yellow gold with rough diamond and Australian sapphires $1330. Right: Double Knife Edge ring, oxidised silver with rough diamond. $450
Simple yet sparkly earrings by Krista McCrae. Silver, Australian sapphires. From $950
Stockist: 9639 5111,