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Anna Tabakhova CliClasp© Jewellery

By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com

The Real Thing - "Forever Fashion" in Jewellery 2011

Trends come and go, so if you can afford it opt for serious investment jewellery and that means diamonds and coloured precious stones.  For the ultimate in haute jewellery look at the Van Cleef & Arpels gems, shown further below, which were worn by the actress Eve Best.  Eve Best plays Wallis Simpson and in her role wears Van Cleef & Arpels High Jewellery. In the film she wears the fabulous 'Diamond Zip Pompom Necklace.'

But for most of us a midway price-point is required. If you fall in love with precious stones or good contemporary artisan jewellery then buy it only if you are sure you will still think fondly of it in 2020.  Jewellery gets close inspection by the onlooker, so unless the item is a fast fashion piece select your piece wisely and pick out items you love and which will always be a 'forever trend' in your heart.

Jewellery trends in 2011 to watch or to buy into are: interchangeable necklaces, natural rough semi precious gemstones, leaf or rose earrings.  Some of the classiest jewellery pieces this season are at Dior. Big statement earrings add cachet to your jewellery wardrobe so why not invest in a forever fashion pair that have a long life.

 Tahitian Pearls With CliClasp©

Pearls of course are always in fashion.  The Tahitian pearl necklace above with its pyrite CliClasp© and at the top of the page the 3cm Ethiopian Opal CliClasp© are both the work of Parisian Jewellery designer Anna Tabakhova.  The pieces focus on a clever, but beautiful interchangeable clasps.

CliClasp© is the name of the dedicated line of Anna's versatile and interchangeable jewellery. Anna has a global clientele with customers as far away as Japan and USA.   With her Russian ancestry, its easy to see that her skill for jewellery designing combined with her Parisian habitat means she is able to match jewellery to the fashion mood when it comes to jewellery trends.  You have been reading an original Jewellery Trends 2011 article by Pauline Weston Thomas only for publication on www.fashion-era.com ©

Anna Tabakhova Interchangeable Clasps from CliClasp©

For modern jewellery chic try the jewellery of Anna Tabakhova.  Anna Tabakhova makes contemporary handcrafted and bespoke versatile jewellery, focusing on unusual stones and associations. Her passion for geology and gemmology is immense and she creates new innovative jewellery pieces blending elements of gemmy Ethiopian opals, fossilized woods, meteorite, drusy crystallized shiny stones and vintage pieces.

Fossilized Wood CliClasp©

In her fresh designs Anna researches opposition of materials to emphasize chatoyance - brightness. The piece below is Arizona fossilized wood and its high patina is extraordinary.   She has outstanding ability to create bespoke jewellery for you from materials that respond to polishing.

Arizona Fossilized Wood CliClasp Bead Necklace.

Anna is a pleasure to work with when placing a jewellery order as she is genuinely interested in the stones you want her to work with or the many one-off pieces she designs herself. I am one of her fans and Anna works with clients all over the world.

CliClasp Pearls

Where the clasps are pearls Anna uses high quality pearls with good nacre. This type of jewellery is very much in line with the trend of forever fashion. You buy a piece and by interchanging it with your other pieces you can maximise your jewellery wardrobe.  Good pearls are used to make classic clasps, but these can be teamed with all sorts of necklace with bayonet ends that fit into your interchangeable clasp. To give a fresh look, necklaces to match the clasps can be made of rubber, steel wires, stingrays cord and mesh steel chains or braided steel.

This is an easy way to use alternative coloured CliClasp©.  Minimalists will love this approach, husbands and partners will see the sense and you maximise your spending by having the facility to interchange pieces.

Black & White Tahitian Pearl Clasps

Meteorite and Pyrite Clasps

Steel cables, flowers of chalcedony, baroque pearls, unusual minerals - meteorites and star sapphires create sparkle and iridescence that arouse curiosity and wonder in the onlooker.  No wonder celebrities love Anna Tabakhova necklaces and other bespoke one-off pieces so contemporary, but with classic touches.

Meteorite Interchangeable Clasp.

Chatoyance - Brightness

In her fresh designs Anna researches opposition of materials to emphasize chatoyance - brightness.  Anna's talent is specializing in the less usual materials found in nature and stretching boundaries and making unforeseen associations.  So you might see unlikely combinations such as Stingray, pearls or unusual gemstones. By placing materials in opposition she achieves greater visual impact of the jewels.

Blue Chalcedony CliClasp.

Above - Anna Tabakhova Blue Chalcedony Interchangeable CliClasp©.

Unusual Jewellery Materials - Stingray

Nuggets of natural gems, especially semi precious stones have a new chic and understated allure when worn as an interchangeable clasp such as this one.

The necklace below with bayonet ends is made from red stingray an unusual choice which adds real drama to the piece.

Anna Tabakhova Red Stingray With Interchangeable Tahitian Pearl.

Above - Anna Tabakhova Red Stingray With Interchangeable CliClasp© Tahitian Pearl.

Pearls with bayonet end connection ready for any style of CliClasp ©.

Above - Pearls with bayonet end connection ready for any style of CliClasp©. In this case Anna shows the clasp as a central pearl CliClasp© which gives the ultimate clean finish to the pearl necklace.

Anna Tabakhova with her CliClasp© interchangeable system can convert any gemstone or pearl into a contemporary jewellery piece which you will treasure forever.  Best of all Anna enjoys her work and she also "realizes that women concentrate on their jewels and not her mechanism, it's just that an interchangeable clasp is a big plus." 

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About Anna Tabakhova

Anna Tabakhova was born in Paris and works in Paris dealing with clients all over the world. This type of jewellery is very much in line with the trend of forever fashion. You buy a piece and by interchanging it with other pieces you can maximise your jewellery wardrobe.

Minimalists will love this approach, husbands and partners will see the sense and you maximise your spending by having the facility to interchange pieces. Furthermore Anna's prices are very reasonable as this type of mechanism bought within jewellery outlets can I know from personal experience cost many times more.  On my Gemart page you can see some other interchangeable clasps from Marcel Roelofs and Jorg Heinz, two other well known jewellery designers who create convertible jewellery too.

You will be pleased to read that for men who enjoy wearing jewellery, Anna also has a collection for men. You will be pleased to read that for men who enjoy wearing jewellery, Anna also has a collection for men, such as rubber bracelets matched with baroque Tahiti pearls.

Anna offers good customer service so go direct to Anna and her website for a value for money purchasing experience. Anna will soon have her own easy to use e-Boutique so watch this space for news of the launch. Until then her original website will help you contact her. You may also follow up her new collections on facebook. You have been reading an original Jewellery Trends 2011 article by Pauline Weston Thomas only for publication on www.fashion-era.com ©