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Emulate the elegance of Downton Abbey’s jewellery

The fan favourite TV series, and now film franchise, Downton Abbey is returning to the silver screen. To celebrate, we will be looking at some of the brilliant jewellery from the period drama and showing you how you can capture some of the Post-Edwardian elegance yourself through your own accessory choices. 

Downton Abbey: A New Era

The new film, Downton Abbey: A New Era

Part of the show’s charm was its brilliant period clothing and jewellery choices, dazzling viewers with grand ball gowns as well as their attention to the clothes that downstairs staff wore. The jewellery for the show was created with historical realism in mind, where even the stones were fashioned to mirror the cutting styles of the Edwardian and Art Deco eras.

Downton Abbey Cast

The Downton Abbey cast

They didn’t use costume jewellery like many period dramas use, instead they had pieces that were made from real bronze, brass, sterling silver, palladium and embellished with real Swarovski crystals, cubic zirconia and synthetic gemstones.

Lady Violet

Lady Violet

Lady Violet wears the most amazing gemstones for formal occasions, whilst not being precious over them. She treats them with an air of complete nonchalance, rather than others who clutch at their pearls.

Lady Violet's diamond tiara

Lady Violet’s Diamond tiara

Not everyone can pull off a tiara, and they aren’t exactly on trend anymore or particularly practical; but you can’t go wrong with emulating Lady Violet’s love for diamonds through some brilliant jewellery. 

Emerald and Diamond Infinity necklace

Emerald and Diamond Infinity necklace

If you have the budget of Lady Violet, you can adorn yourself with this luxurious Emerald and Diamond Infinity necklace that is fit for aristocracy. 

Lady Violet's diamond pendant necklace

Lady Violet’s diamond pendant necklace

If a giant emerald necklace is less your style, Violet also wears some brilliant and more delicate diamond pendants like this one. This modern Double Halo Diamond Pendant Necklace is a perfect choice for you if you consider yourself to be a Lady Violet who finds herself navigating our current world.

Diamond Halo necklace

Diamond Halo necklace

Lady Cora

Lady Cora

Lady Cora’s jewellery helps establish her as a character. She is an American heiress who is an outsider who marries into the fading British aristocracy. She has access to immense wealth, which means she can afford the brilliant diamond pieces that she wears.

Lady Cora's diamond earrings

Lady Cora’s diamond earrings

She wears some stunning diamond earrings that combine big centrepiece gemstones with more delicate silver work. 

Diamond drop earrings

Diamond drop earrings

Whilst you may not be able to wear something like that everyday, you can capture a slice of Lady Cora’s style with these Diamond Point Drop Earrings. They are luxurious pieces of jewellery, that will capture the light as they hand from your ears and dazzle those who take notice; all whilst not being onerous to wear or worry about them getting caught on something. 

Art Deco Jewellery

There is a great range of jewellery on the show because it opens at the end of the Belle Époque period (1871 – 1914) and moves through to the explosion of the Art Deco movement (1920s – 1930s). 

Viewers really fell in love with the Art Deco style that was covered in the later series of the show, so here we will show you some pieces that you can wear when you go to your next Roaring 20’s party. 

Cabochon emerald ring

Cabochon Colombian Emerald Ring

A key part of the roaring 20’s was the explosion of colour, and this extended to jewellery trends. This Cabochon Colombian Emerald Ring would add a dose of colour to your jewellery collection, and is a brilliant accessory that you can treasure. 

Ceylon Sapphire ring

Ceylon Sapphire ring

If you are looking for a ring that feels pulled directly off the screen from Downton, this Ceylon Sapphire Ring feels like it could have been worn by some well esteemed Lady from the British aristocracy, whilst still feeling fresh and stylish now.

Marriage jewellery

Marriage of Tom Branson and Lucy Smith

Marriage of Tom Branson and Lucy Smith

A centrepiece of the upcoming film is the wedding between fan favourite Tom Branson and Lucy Smith. For that reason, marriage jewellery is on everyone’s mind when it comes to Downton.

Diamond engagement ring

Diamond engagement ring

If you are looking for a wondrous engagement ring, look no further than this Diamond Engagement Ring with Double Halo and Split Shoulders. With a stunning diamond centre stone, silver ring and lovely smaller diamonds embellishing it; it’s lavish enough to be found on the hand of an esteemed lady from Downton and will definitely be appreciated by your beloved. 

Hope you have found this guide to the jewellery from Downton Abbey and our suggestions on how to emulate them helpful!

 

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Your Guide to Wearing Cufflinks in the UK | London DE

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In the past, cufflinks were often reserved for special occasions such as for weddings or formal events. However, that is no longer the case. Although these types of special events still call for formal wear and cufflinks, it’s also quite common to see people wearing them in the business sector, as well as with their everyday clothing to make a fashion statement.

As one of today’s leading bespoke jewellers, we’ve made plenty of cufflinks in the UK for our clients that are eye-catching and unique. Here at London DE, we wanted to give you a bit of insight when it comes to finding the perfect cufflinks in the UK for your needs – lets take a look!

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(Pair of Diamond Set Cufflinks, London DE, £100)

5 tips for wearing your cufflinks in style

  • Keep it simple: Much like other clothing items, keeping it simple when it comes to wearing cufflinks can really pay off. This is because the simpler your cufflinks are, the more timeless they’ll be. Over the years, styles change, but a simple set of cufflinks can be worn with virtually any type of clothing.
  • Wear the right shirt: Stuffing cufflinks into a shirt with buttons on the sleeves is an absolute fashion no-no. When wearing cufflinks, be sure you’ve got the cuffs to match, whether they are French cufflinks or another type of dress shirt without buttons on the cuffs.
  • Make sure they match your other accessories: Are you wearing a tie clip, shirt studs, or other accessories with your outfit? If you frequently wear such things, you’ll want to choose a set of cufflinks that match them to maintain a good balance of style and class.
  • Add to your ensemble: Wearing cufflinks is an easy way to add to your ensemble and make it classier and more stylish. It’s like wearing a pocket square or other accessories; although they’re small, they can make a big statement.
  • Go with your gut: When it comes to cufflinks, it’s all about choosing a style you’ll be comfortable with. Don’t choose something that makes you feel self-conscious; select a style you’re comfortable and proud to wear for any occasion.

cufflinks

(Pair of Mother of Pearl Set Cufflinks, London DE, £79.20)

 

When & where to wear cufflinks

OK, so perhaps you’re new to wearing cufflinks, or it’s been a while, or you’re simply wondering what situations to wear them in. Cufflinks work best in situations like:

Weddings

You’ll find at weddings, pretty much everyone will be wearing cufflinks, especially when it comes to the groom and groomsmen. When choosing cufflinks for a wedding, paying close attention to your suit is key; you want to pick a pair that complements your outfit and creates a great balance. Again, choosing a more subtle and minimalistic design will often serve you best.

The workplace

These days, cufflinks aren’t designated specifically for black-tie events anymore; they’re often worn in the workplace. If you want to dress smart with a suit and accessorize a bit, cufflinks are a perfect accessory to add to your outfit. This is especially true for those going to a job interview. A set of cufflinks will provide you with an edgy professional appearance that can certainly impress.

Black-tie events

Cufflinks are frequently worn at black-tie events like dinners, galas, the opera, and other places where wearing formal wear is required. At these types of events, the most common way to wear cufflinks is with French cuffs and a clean, sleek suit. You can choose more minimalist cufflinks or ones with unique designs and textures to give your outfit a special flare.

Date night

To really impress your partner for a night on the town, a pair of cufflinks can truly set your date-night outfit off. Additionally, it can show your date that you have style and care about your appearance and that you’re also a fashion-forward type of person.

Brunch, theatre, & dinner parties

Cufflinks can also be worn more casually, at events like brunches, dinner parties, or when you’re going to the theatre. You don’t even have to wear a full suit to look great in a pair of cufflinks. For more relaxed events, wearing a simple outfit and cufflinks that boast a more geometric and modern design will work great, providing a relaxed, yet elegant look.

Contact us today for cufflinks in the UK and more

If you’re looking to accentuate your style with a pair of cufflinks, London DE has a host of options for you. Our bespoke jewellery team can even design your very own custom cufflinks. In addition to our quality cufflinks, London DE also carries a range of loose gemstones, like diamonds, as well as coloured gemstones like emeralds, rubies, and sapphires.

London DE also carries engagement rings for your special day. We have a team of friendly consultants that are always available to provide you with insight and help you make the best decision for your engagement ring. Our pieces range from every size and style to every budget, so it’s easy to find the perfect ring for you.

We also specialize in bespoke jewellery design and manufacturing. If you want to bring your jewellery vision to life but aren’t sure how our designers can tease out your vision and create something for you that’s truly unique. We work with local workshops in Hatton Garden to create pieces that are aligned to your exact requirements.

To learn more about our one-of-a-kind jewellery and loose gemstones, contact us online today or call +44 207 859 4754.