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
Walking to the office
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.
Astley Clarke Showroom
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.
Agrigento, Flying bird earrings w diamonds £295
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!
Kity Sun, Astley Super Star Ring, £185.00 (launching early November)
Shoe Shopping at Rupert Sanderson
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!
At the office
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.
Kity Sun, Multiple Star Necklace, £195
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.
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.