I have to say that in the past, I have been staunchly against the idea of jewellery advent calendars. Surely, any jewellery that can be packaged up in multiples of 24 at a price that still leaves enough money for gifts and turkey on the day will surely end up in landfill?
A piece of tat a day during December just doesn’t seem like an attractive – or sustainable – proposition. However, one festive release has slightly swayed my stance.
Joining a host of other jewellers, including Missoma, Carolina Bucci has jumped on the trend for jewellery advent calendars. Rather than 24 individual jewels, the luxury advent calendar is a play on the jewellery brand’s popular Forte Beads collection.
Each window hides two different gemstone Forte beads, which over the course of December can be added to the lurex bracelet that is included with the Carolina Bucci advent calendar. Christmas Eve holds an extra-special bead to end the festive tradition – one crafted in 18ct gold.
Carolina Bucci Forte Beads advent calendar, £850 Net-a-Porter
What I like about this jewellery advent calendar is that it is a gift that builds, rather than one that will add 24 token jewels to your collection that would no doubt see little wear. Also, the Carolina Bucci Forte beads have been one of the hottest jewellery trends of the year – playful colourful jewels that mimic the plastic bead bracelets of our youth – making for one of the nicer reflections on 2020. This calendar offers a fun, festive tradition that will create a lasting jewel.
The other jewellery advent calendar that deserves a look, in my opinion, comes from the laboratory-grown diamond brand Lark & Berry, though it is only for the deepest of pockets – and the sturdiest of ears. While the Carolina Bucci advent calendar will set you back £850, the Lark & Berry advent calendar is 10 times that at £8,950.
Behind this pricey set of paper windows you will find gold and laboratory-grown diamond earrings designed for piercing. Another key jewellery trend, this advent calendar has been made with those curating ear stacks in mind. This, again, feels like meaningful and useful jewellery. Though with such a grand price tag attached, the turkey might have to go.
Lark & Berry laboratory-grown diamond and gold earring piercing advent calendar, £8,950 Lark & Berry