All designer collections have to start somewhere. No one starts at the top, we all build our collections over years of style and a love of jewellery. However, there are those pieces which fashion girls all over the world seem to have. There are those designers which pop up over and over again on celebrities, colleagues at work and social media.
Here are ten affordable cult classics to get you started.
Alex Monroe's jewellery is instantly recognisable and what piece could be more notorious than the bee. The little baby bee is a smaller more affordable than the original bee which makes it the perfect piece of jewellery to start your collection.
Shane Leane leads the way in modern edgy yet very feminine fine jewellery. Make any office outfit effortlessly cool with these silver talon earrings. They are elegant and edgy and a great alternative for someone who does not want to wear hoop earrings.
Hot Lips' is an iconic design piece by Solange Azagury-Partridge, symbolising never-ending kisses. The Classic Red colour signifies the passion and power of love. Made from sterling silver and hand painted with lacquer. This V&A Museum featured this ring in its jewellery collection due to its infamy and iconic design.
The Astley Clarke Biography bracelet is a famous classic item. I love that they can come in so many different variations, but all look simple, colourful and very chic. I especially like the black onyx and the pave charm on the end.
The ultimate hero piece from Monica Vinader. This is the friendship bracelet that everybody is wearing. Choose your cord colour and metal colour for the perfect combination. I actually have this one in mink and rose gold with my initials engraved on the toggle. The fit is perfect as the cord adjusts to the length required. It's lovely and thick and perfect for every day wearing.
This show stopper is from the iconic perspex brand Tatty Devine. It's a massive piece and great for parties and nights out over a simple black outfit. I love the additional use of 140 ruby red Swarovski crystals for some "serious under-the-sea sparkle".
Dinny Hall is the place to shop for timeless classic hoops. I especially love these 22ct rose gold vermeil bamboo hoops as they are very unique to other designers and the bamboo is a simple of longevity.
Enamel bangles are a must have for any jewellery box and Halcyon Days is the place to go for an enamel bangle. I particularly like this one as the marching elephants give it a point of difference to a plain bracelet. If you also look at each elephant carefully, there is a little sparkling crystal detail.
Infinity rings are also classic piece of jewellery to invest in. This a fantastic starter piece as it's made with Gold Vermeil and Zircons which makes it all the more affordable. Missoma also a designer brand for those in the know and has been gaining popularity over the last few years with their demi-precious gemstone jewellery.
Everyone will recognise the Tiffany 'Eau De Nil' Colour and the famous heart pendant. It's a piece that I see on a weekly basis around my office, on the tube and out in town. This a great starter piece if you are looking for something instantly recognisable.