watches and jewellery gifts for women

All that glitters: Watch and jewellery gifts for women

08 Nov 2023 | Updated on: 13 Dec 2023 | By Zoe Gunn

Put the sparkle into your Christmas season with dazzling diamonds and sophisticated complications from some of the world's finest watch and jewellery houses

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They say good things come in small packages and, if that means finding fine jewellery or a mechanical watch under the tree come Christmas morning, we’re inclined to agree. But, of course, precious stones and Swiss movements don’t come cheap so, if you’re going to splash the cash, make sure you’re investing in pieces she’s guaranteed to love. Here’s our guide to the best women’s watch and jewellery gifts for Christmas 2023.

Jewellery Christmas gifts for her

Blackacre Primrose ring

Thinking of popping the question this Christmas? Make London-based jeweller Blackacre your first port of call for a ring as special as they are. Blackacre takes a bespoke approach to its bridal designs, hand-sourcing ethical diamonds from across the globe and matching each one with the setting that will best set off its sparkle.

While Blackacre helps guide each client from the initial stone choice all the way up to the inscription of personalised messages on their final piece, if you’re not sure where to start, its range of ready-to-wear designs provide perfect inspiration. We’re yet to meet the woman who wouldn’t love this Primrose design.

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Fope Solo Flex’it diamond necklace

FOPE’s signature necklaces and bracelets may look simple but they’re underpinned by some serious jewellery innovation. Employing the Italian brand’s unique Flex’it technology, which sees each piece created from 18 carat gold mesh for supreme flexibility and comfort, the new Solo necklaces are available in two sizes and in white, yellow or rose gold. The smaller version can be worn as a choker that lightly hugs the neck like a silk scarf, while the larger size sits in a perfect circle above the collarbone.

Each necklace features a hidden clasp within a design feature on the front of the necklace. A rondel with a central white or black diamond, set on the “o” of the FOPE logo hides a secret: a D-Click (diamond click) button that activates the opening mechanism. It is also the easiest necklace to put on and off, opening and closing from the front without a fiddly back clasp. The Solo necklaces can also be joined together to create an extra-long necklace or can be twisted and worn around the wrists as a multi-layered bracelet, making this design not only wonderfully comfortable but extremely versatile too.

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TASAKI Danger Horn Plus pendant

Buying for a woman with a soft spot for pearls? TASAKI is your go-to jewellery Maison. The Japanese pearl and diamond specialist, whose stunning creations can be viewed at its elegant New Bond Street boutique, uses only ethically and sustainably sourced Akoya and South Sea pearls from its own farms in Japan. But dispel any notions of your grandmother’s favourite row of pearls – Tasaki’s designs are anything but old-fashioned. Take, for example, this contemporary 18 carat yellow gold and Akoya pearl pendant from the brand’s Danger Horn Plus collection. The asymmetrical design depicts a pair of horns, one of which is skewering a lustrous white pearl, bringing edge, modernity and sophistication to the timeless beauty of pearls. Cool points guaranteed.

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Loveness Lee Shimeji ring

If she already has a jewellery box stuffed full of fine jewels, why not buy her something she can wear everyday instead? London-based jewellery Loveness Lee specialises in sustainably-sourced metals and lab-grown stones, creating modern, organically-shaped designs that won’t break the bank. This gold-plated recycled silver and lab-grown sapphire ring is inspired by the natural form of mushrooms.

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David Morris Miss Daisy bangle

British jeweller David Morris has been creating stunning jewellery for London’s most discerning denizens since 1962 – so you can rest assured you’re in safe hands whether picking a piece from his romantic and whimsical core collections or commissioning a bespoke creation for a truly unforgettable gift. Crafted in 18 karat white gold and finished with a dazzling spray of frosty diamond florals, this Miss Daisy bangle is the perfect piece for effective black-tie events.

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Annoushka x Alice Temperley Lovebirds earrings

These romantic earrings, the result of a collaboration between jewellery designer Annoushka Ducas and fashion designer Alice Temperley, may technically be aimed at the bridal market but we’re of the opinion that they’re so beautiful they shouldn’t be saved for just one day. Part of a wide ranging collection inspired by lovebirds, every piece in the collection is crafted in 18t gold and finished with freshwater pearls and diamonds.

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De Beers Classic diamond tennis bracelet

If all else fails, diamonds are guaranteed to impress – and a tennis bracelet is the way to gift them now. Featuring a row ethically-sourced white diamonds totalling nearly six carats and set in 18 carat white gold, this deceptively simple design makes a serious statement.

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By Pariah Orbit topaz ring

Signet rings have undergone a major resurgence over the last few years but, let’s face it, stuffy family crests aren’t for everyone. Far cooler and more contemporary are By Pariah’s sleek gem-set pinky rings. Each features a sleek oval hand-carved stone set in 9 carat gold and will sit perfectly alongside the pieces already in her daily rotation.

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Sophie Theakston Moon & Back cuff

Inspired by talismanic symbols and the spiritual associations and energies of gemstones, all of Sophie Theakston’s jewellery is made by independent artisans in Jaipur – with the aim of protecting local craftsmanship – using ethically mined stones and gold. While Theakston’s designs appear deceptively simple, the devil is in the details, with unusual stone cuts, intricate engraving and organic shapes pressed into the service of some seriously covetable pieces.

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Watches for her

Chanel J12

Even a woman who doesn’t consider her ‘into’ watches can appreciate the sporty simplicity of Chanel’s best-selling J12 watch. Powered by a self-winding calibre 12.2 movement, its good looks are underpinned by fine Swiss watchmaking expertise and housed in a slick white ceramic case that will look great with everything from blazers to ballgowns.

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Hermès Heure H watch

As part of its ongoing mission to cater to every part of your wardrobe, Net-A-Porter is now home to an expansive range of mechanical watches from some of the industry’s leading houses – as well as plenty of expert advice to help you choose the perfect timepiece. For women, the collection spans references from the likes of Jaeger-LeCoultre, IWC Schaffhausen, Cartier and more. We’re rather fond of this classic gold and diamond Hermès Heure H watch.

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Tag Heuer Carrera Stainless Steel

You know the Tag Heuer Carrera. Of course, you do. It’s one of the best-selling timepieces from one of the world’s most famous watch brands. So how to take a classic and make it even better? Add diamonds, obviously. Available in steel or rose gold and steel iterations, with a choice of diamond-set bezel, diamond-set indices or diamond-set everything, this is truly an everyday watch taken to the next level.

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Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time

For too long women were underserved when it came to classic mechanical watchmaking, but now female watch aficionados finally have an abundance to choose from – as do those who wish to gift them. The sporty styling of the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time, with its oversized indices and vintage brown calfskin strap, will elevate casual looks while remaining playful. Thanks to a dual time zone complication, local and home day/night indicators and a 30-minute counter, it’s a practical option for busy lives too.

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Bremont Lady K

Launched in 2021, Bremont’s Lady K timepiece is lovingly named for the boat the father of founders Nick and Giles English built for their mother. Paying homage to a woman they describe as ‘artistic and adventurous’, the Solo Lady K also represents the first time Bremont has incorporated diamonds into a core collection, with a diamond-set bezel highlighting a white mother-of-pearl dial. Timeless and sophisticated, this is a watch guaranteed to impress women aged 17 to 70.

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