SPHERE Curates: Jewellery Gifts for Stylish Women

Words by
Sphere Editors

13th December 2022

What are the best jewellery gifts to buy stylish women for Christmas this year? Fine jewellery from the likes of Cartier, Boodles and Hermes are always a beautiful investment. If you are able to make it, your efforts will never go under appreciated. But what if you want to find a lesser known designer to share on Christmas morning? These discoveries require a little more insider knowledge - and we are here to give it all to you, from jewellery classics to new discoveries.   

Join the Lion Club
The Diamond Leone Medallion, 9kt Solid Gold, £2,250

Rosh Mahtani's jewellery brand Alighieri goes from strength to strength, all built on inspiration from Dante's Inferno, which the designer studied at the University of Oxford. One of the designer's earliest pieces in 2014, was this, the Leone Medallion, shown in a fine solid gold and diamond made-to-order version version here, but also available in 24 carat gold plated silver  and 9 carat gold plated silver which Mahtani says, “I created as a reminder to myself, to be strong in moments of self-doubt." Since its launch Alighieri has grown "The Lion Club", populated by people who own the piece, including Marcus Rashford, Iris Law, and Sandra Oh, all connected by their resolve to face challenges with confidence.

The textured medallion is inspired by the moment when Dante Alighieri finds himself in the selva oscura (dark wood) of the Inferno, confronted by a terrifying lion. Dante crumbles and has an existential crisis when his mentor and friend, Virgil, suddenly appears to reassure him and give him confidence. It is a turning point, where fear turns to self-belief. 

Leone Medallion 

The New Diamante Earring
White with diamante earrings, £295, Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten knows how to make off-beat pieces for women, and men, who appreciate the arts and like their jewellery more fashion conscious than classic. These quirky brass hoops, studded with chunks of diamanté deliver all of the above set in super-chic white enamel.

Dries Van Noten Earrings

The Enduring Love Collection
Gold and diamond Love hoop earrings, £4050, by Cartier

The iconic Love collection from Cartier was first created in 1970s New York to seal a love that defies boundaries. Fast forward to 2022, and the luxury jewellery brand crafts these earrings from 18-carat rose-gold, before piercing them with six brilliant-cut diamonds - three in each earring. These sparkling hoop-shape earrings will make a much-cherished present for the one you love.

Cartier Love Earrings

The Punk Classic
Vivienne Westwood
Necklaces, £95, by Vivienne Westwood

Entry level jewellery gifts for young, stylish members of the family don't come better than this. Vivienne Westwood's classic orb logo necklace translates into a perfectly pitched glossy gift that dresses up any outfit, and will bring sparkle to Christmas day and every day, 

Vivienne Westwood Necklace

Modern Coral Ring
Ring in 18k yellow gold with a 13.45ct oval pale pink bezel set oval coral, £3,580 at Mouki Mou

Jeweller Monica Rossi founded Anaconda in 1980 in a small shop in Milan.  Her supremely elegant, understated, yet luxurious work,  such as this beautiful gold and coral ring, is lovingly made by hand. Rossi's work consists of intricate handcrafted jewellery from Baroque- and Victorian-inspired pieces to more simple geometric shapes.

Anaconda Ring

Horsing in the Round
Hermès 'Galop' ring in sterling silver, £830

Former designer for Hermès, Pierre Hardy, designed Galop as a tribute to the very first creations of the house, horse harnesses, bridles and saddles. While it has a strong profile on the hand, the soft fluidity of this ring design, and its minimal details makes it a supremely chic, signature piece for the lucky owner.

Galop ring by Hermès

Time for a Boodles Raindance
Raindance classic yellow gold diamond ring, £11,700

The Raindance ring by Boodles is such an enduring icon of British design it is even showcased in the V&A museum's permanent jewellery exhibition. What makes it beautiful is the riff between its seemingly random placement of diamonds, in what is actually a highly ordered design. Its total diamond weight is approximately 1.54 carats.

Raindance Ring 

Girl with a Pearl
Mariko Tsuchiyama
Necklace with natural Akoya pearls from Nagasaki, Japan. Features a 9k yellow gold hook clasp. £2175

Is this the most beautiful single strand of pearls ever? It's a contender, for sure. Mariko Tsuchiyama is a designer discovered by Maria Lemos, the owner of Mouki Mou. Mariko discovered her passion for jewellery, at a young age in Japan, after visiting a pearl farm. There's no doubt that this necklace would reflect pearlescent glory on the giver and giftee. 

Pearl Necklace by Mariko Tsuchiyama

Crystal Clear Costume Jewels
Nancy drop crystal earrings, £72

Shyla is a jewellery brand that creates chic costume jewellery with a fine jewellery aesthetic. Their rings and earrings are the go-to for those who have the taste for Cartier, but not quite the budget, and they are having a boom in popularity right now among women who want elegant statement bling, without the eye-watering price. We recommend the Nancy drop earrings with the two crystal clear stones, and note: the earring tip is gold-plated silver so anyone with nickel allergies can rest assured these pieces won't aggravate their ears.  The stunning statement earrings are formed of a small oval stone with a large base stone. This is a chic and elegant earring that finishes off an outfit in style. 

Below, we couldn't resist sharing their ring selection. 

Discover Shyla

Shyla rings offer all the glamour of fine jewellery, and make perfect gifts