Up close and personal with my Melbourne Cup day jewellery

8th November, 2021

A race day look isn’t complete with a touch of sparkle and when it’s the kind of race that stops a nation then it definitely has to be extra special. I have had the privilege of working with the high end French jeweller Chaumet over the past few years and one of the highlights is being able to wear beautiful pieces from one of their collections. For this year’s Melbourne Cup day, I chose some stunning jewellery from the Joséphine collection— a range that is inspired by the famous pieces made for Empress Joséphine, one of the first clients of Maison Chaumet. The collection features rings, bracelets and pendants and each uses eye-catching stones fixed in an elegant and regal setting.

Working with a plunging neckline on my dress, I wanted to keep my decolletage quite simple so I decided on earrings, rings and a bracelet to accompany my look. Whenever I decide on an edit of accessories, particularly jewellery, I always take into account my entire outfit from top to bottom, from shoes to clothing to bag to ensure that there is cohesion. While I was spoilt for choice, I eventually gravitated towards a few key pieces to complete my look.

The rings are a true statement piece on their own but I wanted to dial up the drama and wore two rings next to each other for a bold effect. When you’re working with such beautiful jewellery, why stop at one, right? The Joséphine Aigrette pavé diamond bracelet in white gold was the perfect complementary piece. It’s the kind of jewellery that has a understated elegance to it that means it doesn’t overwhelm, it just has a presence to it that still makes an impact. The final piece of the puzzle were my earrings, the Joséphine Ronde d’Aigrettes earrings in white gold, set with brilliant-cut diamonds truly dialled up the sparkle. What I liked about these earrings were the fact the curved shape had a slightly more contemporary feel, yet still had a classic look to them that made them versatile and easy to pair back with a variety of different pieces. On a day like Melbourne Cup day, I do think bringing the sparkle is key and Chaumet certainly delivered.

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

This post was produced in collaboration with Chaumet

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