Insider’s Picks: Natasha Sherling

July 21, 2011

Daily Digest

Insider’s Picks: Natasha Sherling

Pictured: 1. Ruby Topall Harem ring,  Annoushka at Brown Thomas

2. Black and colourless diamond Vortex cuff Stephen Webster at Paul Sheeran

3.  Satori collection, Katie Rowland

4. Glass pearl strands,  Kenneth Jay Lane at

5. Giambatista Valli

We love a bit of bling and someday would love to master the art of self-adornment. So, who better to help than Natasha Sherling—one of Ireland’s most gifted gemmologists. Natasha’s been a jewellery editor and stylist for years, working across a range of titles including The Gloss Magazine and LeCool Dublin.

Sherling imparts her jewellery expertise to accessory fans and confused husbands to be through a jewellery advisory service. “I am often called on to source particular items – as bridesmaids’ gifts, important birthdays or just hard-to-find pieces like certain vintage watches. I also help clients looking to sell or perhaps revamp pieces they already own.”

But today, we have her all to ourselves – she’s here to tell us what pieces to put on our autumn/winter accessories shopping list and what’s worth investing in.

The best places to buy:

Vintage Jewellery– Rhinestones, in Dublin, have a great selection of vintage costume jewellery – and their staff are always helpful. Delphi Antiques in the Powerscourt Centre have the greatest selection of stunning antique fine jewellery.

Costume Jewellery– Kenneth Jay Lane (at select stores and online): he used to make paste version of the dazzling diamond pieces for actresses of the 1960s, once they’d taken the real deal off, and his brand continues to release gorgeously glamorous costume pieces.

An Engagement Ring– Engagement rings are so personal, there is no one right choice – that’s why I’m here! Couples (or just the man) can come and discuss exactly what is needed before setting out to find it.

Trend-Based Pieces– Loulerie, on Chatham Street in Dublin, always has the most exciting selection of designers.

High-End Jewellery– John Brereton, Paul Sheeran and Weirs have the best selection in Dublin. Cobwebs and Hartmanns both have beautiful – and different – selections in Galway.

The biggest watch trends for A/W 2011 is “Classic, classic, classic!  Big watch brands have all gone back to basics, drawing on their heritage to create the most beautiful timepieces. Oversized round faces, with a noticeable lack of diamonds, in stainless steel or gold and a smart leather strap.”

Our Insider’s top jewellery picks for A/W 2011 are “Shorter-length necklaces, a little longer than a choker. They were all over the catwalks (my favourites were Salvatore Ferragamo and Giambatista Valli), but even in the world of fine jewellery they have been making more of an appearance. Store the long strands of beads and pearls (or wrap them twice around the neck)!

The jewellery on a budget is from H&M for on-trend costume jewellery. Or for fine jewellery look at auction houses. “There are astounding bargains to be had for some seriously beautiful pieces that could set you back three times the price firsthand. My favourite is O’Reillys on Francis Street in Dublin.”

If you’re having a bit of a splurge, head to ESL in the Powerscourt Centre – “as well as beautiful fine jewellery they make nearly anything on request, meaning you can tweak stones, metals (and therefore price) to suit taste and budget.”

If you’re going to invest choose “Diamonds (which incidentally have been increasing steadily in value since the beginning of this year) and the best watch you can afford.”

Natasha’s top 5 favourite Jewellery designers are:

Fine – I dream of JAR, Annoushka, Van Cleef & Arpels, Solange Azagury-Partridge and Stephen Webster
Fashion – Monica Vinader, Alexis Bittar, Sadbh McCormack, Miss Bibi and Kenneth Jay Lane
Eveningwear –  “Jewellery shouldn’t weigh a person down! A big necklace with chandelier earrings is overkill – and old fashioned.  And instead of piling on layers of bracelets, pick one big piece. It looks so much cleaner.

Natasha’s tips for wearing jewellery

“Jewellery should reflect the wearer’s personality – don’t get stuck in a pearl stud or silver pendant rut! Just because certain pieces are deemed ‘classics’ doesn’t mean you should have to like – or wear – them.

I’m a huge fan of one standout item – one great neckpiece, one giant cocktail ring, a stellar pair of earrings – but not all at the same time!

Wear a ring and a bracelet on opposite hands – if you must wear both. There is something gorgeous about a bare arm and wrist leading to a big ring!

And a big ring or cuff looks great with a one-shoulder top or dress, worn on the opposite side to the one with the strap as it offers balance.”

 – Gillian Brett

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