The ears have it!
Psst! No longer the bastion of the brassy barmaid, the old fashioned and the elderly, clip-on earrings are the insiders’ secret of the jewellery world
The best way to get a youth-inducing (yes please) flash of colour to light up the face is with big, bold earrings. But few pierced earrings can hold the weight of that type of earring near the face, and if even if they can – your poor ears probably can’t (or not for long).
Enter the clip-on…
Alexandra May, who lives, breathes and loves designer costume jewellery and has a shop on the corner of St Margaret’s Buildings in Bath, stocks a breathtaking selection of clip-on earrings from top European designers as well as vintage earrings (and hook and stud earrings, necklaces, broaches, bracelets…).
Here’s her pick of the clips…
The master of magnificent clip-on earrings is Jean Louis Blin, handmade by Claudine and Jean-Louis Blin in their Paris atelier. Each piece is unique, made with copper or brass plated with gold, silver, black or bronze, vintage stones, crystal, glass and pate de verre (cast glass). Their clients include Moulin Rouge, Guy Laroche and Thierry Mugler.
Iconic Italian jewellery designer Angela Caputi‘s designs are hand made in her Oltrarno workshop using locally produced resin. Her work has been exhibited in Italy and the US, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Classically elegant, in great colours and – most importantly – incredibly comfortable.
King of contemporary costume fashion jewellery is Phillipe Ferrandis, who’s worked with Givenchy, Balmain and Nina Ricci. Two collections a year are handmade in his Paris studio using semi-precious stones, wood, and Bohemian or Swarovski glass crystals.
Madrid-based Anton Heunis is inspired by travel, cinema and local Spanish culture to create his trademark modern vintage earrings. He uses semi-precious stones, Swarovski crystal, vintage and traditionally hand-crafted German glass and gold, silver, rhodium or gunmetal-plated brass.
Queen of Colour Miranda Konstantinidou is the woman behind Luxembourg-based Konplott. Each piece at Alexandra May is a limited edition specially created for the shop.
Alex’s earrings range in price from around £30 up to around £500. She also stocks the striking Furious Goose scarves used as a backdrop for some of the earrings shown here. Scarves are another of her passions – ask her for her tips on tying, knotting, draping…
You can buy online or visit her Aladdin’s Cave of a shop, open 10am – 5.30pm Mon to Sat. 11am – 4pm, Sundays until Christmas.
Alexandra May Jewellery, 23 Brock Street, Bath, BA1 2LW. Tel 01225 465 094. alexandramay.com