In a stunningly written piece for Harper's Bazaar UK, J.K. Rowling looked into the healing powers of jewelry, and elevated simple accessories to a whole new level. She did as good writers often do – she took an object, something we mindlessly wear everyday, and portrayed it at a universal stage, as a powerful part of a girl's life. The brilliant author wrote, "Jewellery does not change, it cannot decay; it is a way of holding tight to the past. To this day, I glance through shop windows at old jewellery in the vague hope that among the tarnished silver I will catch sight of that filigree egg." I think there is an undeniable amount of truth in her words – jewelry serves a memory, and I can recall so many pieces of jewelry, which I still own, that serves this purpose. It is with this intent in mind that we should purchase jewelry. Though this is debatable, a necklace or a charm bracelet seems to have slightly more significance than the pair of pumps we add to every outfit. For the holidays, I am aiming to chose the perfect pieces of jewelry that have distinct qualities: simplicity, elegance, and maybe a dash of flamboyance. It is the perfect time of year to delve for such pieces and allow yourself to splurge. The choices below, which I included in my latest Polyvore creation, are all under SGD$100, which is quite a steal, considering each of the covetable brands. The choices can be distinctly regal, in the case of the Zara gothic concoction, and others evoke a touch of grunge. With silver, gold, and bronze tones, the necklaces are primarily versatile and suitable for any holiday-themed outfit. On the Spring 2014 runways, bold statement necklaces were seen in abundance, with a surprising range of designers. Chanel's accessories were ample and seeped with artistic elements (above, on the far right), while Balenciaga incorporated collar-esque necklaces in raw gold tones. Dolce and Gabbana (on the far left) had a particularly eye-catching take on accessories, with long strands stealing the attention away from the clothes themselves. High-street brands and online labels constantly produce accessories for mass markets, but it is not often that necklaces are so regularly included on runways. In tune with the trends, brands like Zara, ASOS, and Bauble Bar (one of my new favorites!) have created fabulous alternatives to the runway accessories, The pieces above, just as the picks below, may not evoke the air of sentiment which Rowling so accurately depicted here, but they will work effectively on an extensive medley of looks, and will become memorable along the way.
Meera, 16. Fashion blogger and aspiring journalist. Reads everything from the New York Times to Vogue, on a daily basis. Worships Alexander McQueen, Grace Coddington, and Suzy Menkes. Fashion is more than just the clothes we wear – it is full of beautiful moments and Moments with Meera aims to capture that.