Jewellery designer Claudia Bradby was lucky enough to attend the Royal Wedding last weekend (May 19). Here she writes an exclusive blog for Retail Jeweller about her favourite jewellery trends from the big day.
As we rolled up the long drive to Windsor Castle, fields and beautiful trees either side, it gradually dawned on me that this was to be no ordinary state occasion. The sun was shining and there was a wonderful feeling of joy and relaxed glamour to everything. From first to last, in small matters and large, the day matched the couple.
Of course, apart from ogling George Clooney (I wouldn’t! I didn’t! And, anyway, he was outshone by his wife, Amal) and managing to miss Tom Hardy entirely (though his wife wore one of my favourite dresses of the day); my eyes were inevitably on the look-out for interesting and wonderful jewellery.
Perhaps my favourite look of the day came from Delfina Blaquier, who is married to the world’s number one polo player. He wore no socks; très chic. She wore luscious Pomellato stones and stacked large link bracelets on both arms, the chain from her necklace casually falling to one side. She looked relaxed and glamorous. It matched, but certainly not in a classic twinset way.
Delfina Blaquier at the Royal Wedding
Aside from the more traditional pearl chokers, a trend led by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, there were very few necklaces on show. But as you would imagine from a hat-centric occasion, earrings were in abundance. There were a lot of luscious pearl drops, especially pear drop shaped ones, and this shape was a bit of a constant find – see also Amal Clooney’s pear diamond drops.
I think this provides a perfect silhouette with hair up and hats. Having had the luxury of having my hat made for me by the hugely talented Rachel Trevor-Morgan, I know that the silhouette and the size really are key criteria for people wearing hats and choosing the jewellery to wear with them. I went for a large brimmed hat to balance my quite modern jumpsuit and dangling earrings clearly weren’t going to work, but the more firmly anchored studs with a bit of movement from the pearl drop did just the job.
I know that Meghan’s mother, Doria stole the nation’s hearts with her dignified solo appearance and a large part of me loved that she kept in her nose piercing. She is a woman at ease with herself. Similarly, I loved spotting a few ear climbers, notably on television actress Gina Torres, and guests not shy of wearing multiple piercings, my heroine actress, Carey Mulligan, being one of them. I think it will be all about the earring trend in the year ahead.
I also spotted quite a lot of double drop earrings, which looked effective, whether that’s ear-jackets or studs, and the chicest necklaces were geometrical/sculptural in shape.
Interestingly, the men were not to be left out; symmetrical pearl tie pins were predominant. I thought they looked fabulous and gave a 3D element that was interesting. David Beckham was ‘best in show’ for his morning suit and beautiful gold chain.
And last but not least, I really loved Pippa Middleton’s diamond tsar earrings from Robinson Pelham and her mother’s aquamarine earrings and necklace which were very unusual.