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Jewels jewels jewels.

I’ve always been a bit of a magpie. I love the opulence of chunky crystal & stone jewels in bold, vibrant colours.


Recently I’ve been lusting after these stunners (below) from Erickson Beamon and Tom Binns.

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Tom Binns: pictures courtesy of Net-A-Porter. All rights reserved. ©Net-A-Porter 2012

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Erickson Beamon: pictures courtesy of Net-A-Porter. All rights reserved. ©Net-A-Porter 2012

Knowing full well that I can’t afford them (and probably won’t in the near future) I have looked to the high street to supply my fix. Fortunately the Great British High Street did not let me down.

I found this beauty (with matching ring) in Primarni and instantly saw the likeness to Erickson Beamons

The necklace is a purse-friendly £8 and the ring is a pocket-money treat at only £4.

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Photo copyright Eyespybeauty. All rights reserved. ©Eyespybeauty 2012

These Topshop earrings bear more than a passing resemblance to items from Tom Binns collection.

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As if I wasn’t already pretty pleased over my Primark and Topshop bargains, I had an improptu Accessorize spree just before Eid. This seasons Accessorize range is gorgeous. Here are some of my favourites.

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How do the Accessorize pieces stack up against the designer jewellery? Judge for yourself. Left pictures are Accessorize, right are designer.

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I do believe in spending more on quality jewellery that will become family heirlooms and last for generations. Unfortunately, following a burglary at my home in 2011, I lost all of my gold jewellery. After losing so much, I am less attached to designer jewellery as heirloom pieces. I now tend to mix my high-end and high street pieces.

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Top: courtesy of Net-A-Porter. All rights reserved. ©Net-A-Porter  2012
Bottom: courtesy of Primark. All rights reserved. ©Primark 2012

Where do you stand on high street vs high end issue?

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