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The Swarovski Winter 2019 collection offers celestial-style jewellery from scintillating cocktail rings to striking earrings that you can mix and match. — Swarovski

Women are spoilt for choice when it comes to jewellery, with the variety of brands and designs available.

Trends may come and go, but what remains certain is a woman’s instinct about the jewellery that looks and feels good on her.

Jewellery designers and brands are now making it all the more easier for you to play with your pieces, with collections designed for versatility.

So make a statement and create your own personal pieces to suit your mood.

Here’s a look at three collections with customisable pieces to mix and match.

Chic in simplicity

When it comes to current trends, local brand The Straits Finery – founded by Foo Chia Chern and Amira Yahaya in 2016 – says statement pieces are popular.

“We are seeing a lot of large gold statement hoops, colourful enamel jewellery and chunky chains trending for Autumn 2019,” says Foo.

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Foo (left) and Amira says The Straits Finery prides itself on simplicity and authenticity. — The Straits Finery

“Generally, trending jewellery typically falls into the costume jewellery category which allows for large statement pieces. It’s great for occasion wear or levelling up a plain outfit, but often large pieces also mean it gets heavy or restrictive.”

The Straits Finery prides itself on simplicity and authenticity, and the brand uses precious metals in 14 karat gold and sterling silver for its jewellery.

“We believe that jewellery should be timeless and that women need not pay too much attention to trends. Our designs are deliberately and thoughtfully crafted so that they will stand the test of time.

“A woman should always have a core set of jewellery made of quality materials that should be her every day go to pieces,” Amira explains.

Amira says women are looking for authenticity: “Women want pieces that tell a story of who they are and that allows them to put their own spin to how jewellery is worn.

“We create pieces that take a women from day to night and in between, allow for a little bit of versatility. Our stacking rings let a woman pare down or stack up, depending on her mood.”

The latest collection Rosie the Riveter is inspired by women around them – the women who have it all, and can do anything.

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Simplicity is key in this gold Tenacity necklace under the Rosie the Riveter collection by The Straits Finery. — The Straits Finery

Amira says the designs are soft and feminine with strong and angular shapes of the Art Deco era.

The Rosie the Riveter is released as a series in three chapters: courage, femininity and tenacity.

“This collection comes with a few statement pieces such as the Rosie earrings and the Frame rings, along with some minimalist pieces. The juxtaposition of minimalist pieces and statement pieces is what makes this collection so special and is a reflection of the multifaceted woman,” Amira points out.

The piece de resistance of this collection are the Rosie earrings. The chain fringe can be detached so the square studs can be worn on its own.

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The Rosie earrings can be easily converted as the chain fringe can be detached so the square studs can be worn on their own. — The Straits Finery

Foo says the brand’s design ethos is to provide as much flexibility as possible.

“There are no rules when it comes to wearing jewellery. Wear what is comfortable for you. Stack when you feel like it or mix your metals if you like. Women should always have fun, but you are the one that shines first.”

One piece to rule them all

Want endless possibilities with just one piece of jewellery? The Les Georgettes by Altesse collection consists of customisable accessories in interchangeable colours with silver, gold or rose finish.

The brand’s creative director Celine Guilhermet, who was in Kuala Lumpur recently to introduce the Autumn/Winter 2019 collection says the collection is inspired by the Palace of Versailles and its gardens.

“There was an art to the garden in how they cut the trees and design the landscape so the designs reflect the story of a French garden,” Guilhermet says.

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With Les Georgettes by Altesse jewellery, Guilhermet says a woman can easily transform her jewellery by changing or reversing the coloured leather band to go with her outfit, bag or her mood. — Les Georgettes by Altesse

Les Essentielles introduces three new bracelet designs – Garden, Bosquet and Pavillon – with each available in three finishes.

These designs evoke the structural graphic ornaments and curves of French botanical architecture, and their symmetrical effects add texture and style to the wrist.

A key feature of the brand is the interchangeable and reversible leather that attaches to each piece of jewellery.

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The Les Essentielles bracelet designs evoke the structural graphic ornaments and curves of French botanical architecture, and their symmetrical effects add texture and style to the wrist. — Les Essentiels

“When we design each season, we try to offer one casual and one shiny colour with some glitter, to give women choices for day and night wear. In just a few seconds, women can transform their jewellery by changing or reversing the coloured leather band to go with her outfit, bag or her mood,” she adds.

On accessorising, she says there is really no need to follow trends: “Just pick what you want and make it your own style. Or mix and match to make your own statement.”

Written in the stars

Looking for something versatile that speaks to you? The Swarovski Winter 2019 collection offers celestial-style jewellery from scintillating cocktail rings to striking earrings.

The brand brings its signature spin and sparkle to cosmic symbols, taking inspiration from the magical Nordic night skies to create a constellation of glittering jewels that range from subtle sparkle to all-out glamour.

Swarovski’s creative director Nathalie Colin says in a press statement: “I find that one of the best ways to disconnect from today’s hectic world is to reconnect with nature and to look at the stars.

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The Swarovski Winter 2019 collection offers celestial-style jewellery from scintillating cocktail rings to striking earrings. — Swarovski

“This season, we want our glittering jewellery and accessories to feel symbolic and magical in the way they can amplify feelings of positivity and empower the women who wear them to reach for the stars.”

The collection feature stars, crescent moons and other mystical motifs that shine brightly in monochrome Swarovski crystal colours and polished metallic gold, silver and rose-gold tones.

The moon earrings have removable sections, so you can up the glamour with the dangling piece or keep it simple as studs.


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