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Shine on: Old-school glamour

Photography by Barry McCall Styling by Sarah Rickard fashion edited by Constance Harris

Constance Harris

Published 27/03/2011 | 05:00

19th-Century-design bracelet with
crystals, €100; 18th-Century-design
pendant with crystals, €50,
both Vintage Collection,
Newbridge Silverware.
Gown, €425, Issue, Alila
19th-Century-design bracelet with crystals, €100; 18th-Century-design pendant with crystals, €50, both Vintage Collection, Newbridge Silverware. Gown, €425, Issue, Alila
19th-Century-design clear crystal earrings, €35; 18th-Century-design pendant with large crystal, €50; 19th-Century-design bracelet encrusted with crystals, €130, all Vintage Collection, Newbridge Silverware. Gown, €1,200, made to order, Dawn Fitzgerald
19th-Century-design earrings with clear crystals, €35; 19th-Century-design necklace with clear crystals, €55, both Vintage Collection, Newbridge Silverware. Jumpsuit, €169, Divine
Victorian-cameo-detail earrings, €25; matching pendant, €40; matching bracelet, €55, all Vintage Collection, Newbridge Silverware. Dress, €165 to hire for three days, Emanuel Ungaro, Covet
18th-Century-inspired silver-leaf bracelets, €55, Vintage Collection, Newbridge Silverware. Jumpsuit, €169, Divine
17th-Century-design earrings, €30; 17th-Century-design pendant, €40; 17th-Century-design bracelet, €50, all Vintage Collection, Newbridge Silverware. Gown, €425, Issue, Alila

Last year, in an uber-trendy West Village restaurant in New York, I learned the value of good dress jewellery. Myself and 10 other ladies were at dinner with love coach Lauren Frances. The object of the dinner was for her to show us how a gal can reel a guy in, no matter where she is.

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The place was full of supermodel types, but the restaurant was practically pitch dark. In that kind of lighting, what people look like becomes irrelevant because one can see very little.

Except, except . . . the woman with beautifully made-up face and hair, the one with the attractive decolletage adorned by a fabulous piece of jewellery that sparkles in low light: she becomes a Hollywood siren of old and as irresistible a lure to men as the celluloid glamourpusses were back in the Forties.

Yes, you guessed it: Lauren was wearing a gorgeous diamond necklace and earrings. Every time she looked up, she sparkled, and the glittering movement attracted the eye. Waiters flocked to her side. When a man across the room piqued her fancy, she literally crooked her sparkling finger and Handsome came trotting over, amused at her sass. To Lauren, it was fun. To the rest of us it was frustrating and enlightening. Ever since, I have been teaching women the importance of good paste.

Newbridge Silverware positively reinvented itself on the premise of glamour-seeking women, as Irish women shifted their focus from their homes to their bodies.

But Newbridge's designs really came into their own with the influence of its Museum of Style Icons acquisitions, as its designers became inspired by the originals of old-school glamour, including costumiers such as Edith Head, and stars from Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly to Princess Diana and Michael Jackson. More recently, Newbridge Silverware CEO William Doyle has been purchasing original jewellery pieces and drawings from the 17th to the 20th Centuries. These inspired The Vintage Collection, which is featured on our pages today.

There are over 50 pieces in the collection, featuring design movements such as rococo, classicism, art nouveau and art deco. Some styles, such as the beautiful leaf bracelets, feature intricate silverwork, while others are simple-yet-stunning examples of how effective a piece of jewellery can be. I also love that Newbridge have revived the cameo, a quintessentially feminine article of jewellery.

Packaged exquisitely, the cameo range starts at €25, while a striking diamante necklace costs about €50.

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Divine, Manor Mills Shopping Centre, Maynooth Co Dublin, tel: (01) 629-2550; 2 Strand St, Malahide, Co Dublin, tel: (01) 845-3525, or see www.divine.ie

Dawn Fitzgerald, see www.dawnfitzgeraldatelier.com

Covet, Top Floor, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, 59 Sth William St, D2, tel: (01) 679-9313, or see www.covet.ie

Alila, 41 Drury St, D2, tel: (01) 679-9547, or see www.alila.ie

All jewellery from the Vintage Collection by Newbridge Silverware, available from Newbridge Silverware stockists nationwide. For a stockist near you, tel: (045) 431-301 or see www.newbridgesilverware.com

Photography by Barry McCall

Styling by Sarah Rickard

Make-up by Kate Synnott for Dylan Bradshaw

Hair by Stephen Kelly for Dylan Bradshaw

Model: Charlotte Carter Allen at Bookings Model Agency Shot on location at Russborough House, Blessington, Co Wicklow, tel: (045) 865-239, or see www.russborough.ie

Our grateful appreciation to the staff at Russborough House for their kind assistance

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