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A sparkling source of costume jewellery

It’s a brilliant little jewel box just off the Portobello Road

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A sparkling source of costume jewellery

June 19 2010
Lucia van der Post

Every wardrobe needs a little cache of costume jewellery – the everyday earrings that perk up a dull outfit, the easy bit of glitter to add panache to a black dress, the fun pieces that you can take on holiday and not worry about the insurance bill. Hirst Antiques, right on the corner of London’s Portobello Road, is a brilliant little jewel box in its own right, so stuffed with enticing rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets that it would take more than half a day to take it all in.

There are lots of pieces by special names in the world of costume jewellery – Trifari, Miriam Haskell (I bought some special fluted steel grey earrings with a “pearl” in the middle for £89), Monet, Butler & Wilson and Kenneth Jay Lane, as well as some beguiling pieces by American fashion designers such as Anne Klein (huge, bold, “gold” earrings for £120) and Liz Claiborne, whose charming red resin earrings were just £39. I think I’ll be wearing them all summer long.

First picture shows blue pearl brooch and clip-on earrings by Trifari, £220. Second picture: coral bracelet by Kenneth Jay Lane, £225.