16 October 2009

A week in the life of Bec Astley Clarke’s jewellery!

With Astley-Clarke’s recent showroom and website re-launch, Bec Astley-Clarke is a busy lady to say the least. Launched in 2006, AC is going from strength to strength with new collections including one by Shaun Leane and an A-list clientele ranging from Nicole Kidman to Nicole Richie and Princess Caroline of Monaco. So, who better to take our jewellery inspiration from than Bec, right? We bring you… a week in the life of Bec Astley Clarke’s (and her dog, Como’s) jewellery!

Walking to the office

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My day starts early so I like to keep things simple with classic pieces like jeans and a crisp white shirt. The statement jewellery keeps my look contemporary and stops me looking too traditional. We commissioned young London design team La Diosa to create this chalcedony necklace – a bold statement necklace is a key jewellery buy right now and the fresh turquoise of this one brightens up an outfit.

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La Diosa Carla, Adriana Chalcedony necklace, £440

Carla Amorim, The Agnesi ring, £3,995

Asha by ADM, White Onyx cuff, £550

Astley Clarke Showroom

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I have regular meetings with our personal shoppers and oversee the day’s appointments. It’s important that our newly refurbished showroom looks great and I like to help with the merchandising which is constantly updated. I subconsciously always start my outfit with jewellery so this is a fairly typical outfit for me – the dress has detail but is classic and looks great teamed with this quirky Mallarino bow bracelet and bird earrings. I’m an Aquarius and love this zodiac pendant which also makes a great gift for girlfriends.

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Mallarino, Caroline bow bracelet £275

Agrigento, Flying bird earrings w diamonds £295

Asha by ADM, Zodiac pendant £195

Marketing Meeting

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I’m viewing the new Christmas brochure with Rowan – our head of marketing. I’m wearing my faithful zodiac pendant and also trying out some of the new design commissions that haven’t yet launched on the site such as the Astley Super Star ring by up and coming jewellery designer Kity Sun. This cuff is by Carolina Bucci – her jewellery is always popular with our customers and she has a great following including a fair few celebrities!

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Carolina Bucci, Woven gold cuff £3,750

Kity Sun, Astley Super Star Ring, £185.00 (launching early November)

Shoe Shopping at Rupert Sanderson

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One of my favourite places - he makes the most elegant heels! I admire Rupert Sanderson’s skilled creativity and craftsmanship which are also the qualities I look for in my Astley Clarke jewellery collections. Here I’m wearing Astley Clarke couture pearl necklace and bracelet which always work with statement heels. My dog Como is also a big fan of the pearls!

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Astley Clarke Couture Pearls, Oriata Tahitan Pearl Bracelet, £9,995

Astley Clarke Couture Pearls, Albioni Pearl Necklace, £9,995

At the office

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I’m planning a big buying trip to New York in late October to meet with designers and select new collections for AstleyClarke.com. Gold works well with my skin tone and this Kity Sun necklace is fresh and bold without being too much for a daytime look.

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Kity Sun, Multiple Star Necklace, £195

Claridges Hotel

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We have a jewellery cabinet at Claridges so I frequently check they have everything they need. On this occasion I’m meeting a journalist for a cocktail in the Fumoir – always a favourite choice for the sophistication, elegance and the history. I’m wearing a ring and necklace from our own Carabelle House collection. The rose gold settings are unusual and on trend – it’s really made a comeback recently.

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Carabelle House, Amethyst ring in 19ct rose gold, £825

Carabelle House, Amethyst pendant in 18ct rose gold, £695

Evening

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I’m getting ready for a black tie charity function and wearing blue - one of my favourite colours. This incredible opal bracelet is a one off – the opals are exquisite and really sparkle. I’ve mixed this with jewellery in similar tones such as these peacock inspired pieces which we designed as an exclusive collection with Pippa Small. These pieces are so elegant and versatile enough to look special enough for evening or not too dramatic for day.

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Pippa Small, Peacock Earrings, £6,500

Pippa Small, Long Pendant Necklace, £5,500

Gurhan, 24ct gold & opal bracelet, £11,000


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