Sara Prentice, Creative Director, gives her style tips for enhancing an outfit with the best jewellery picks.\n Few periods in the social calendar are as intimately associated with style as Britain\u2019s summer season. Events like Royal Ascot come with dress codes that work as a creative challenge to guests, their carefully considered outfits later lighting up the fashion pages.\n\n For Creative Director, Sara Prentice, a brilliantly chosen jewel is another way to be part of the drama and add excitement of the day. \u201cJewellery can tie the different elements of an outfit together,\u201d says Sara, \u201cor add drama by introducing a bold contrasting colour. More than that, it can turn heads with the flash of white diamonds or glimmer of a gorgeous gemstone.\u201d\n \n "You can turn heads with the flash of white diamonds or glimmer of a gorgeous gemstone."\n Sara Prentice\n Creative Director\n \n \n Sartorial elegance starts with the hat\nAt an event like Royal Ascot or a traditional summer wedding, the most iconic element of an outfit is the hat. A strict dress code makes guests even more inventive, and Sara sees this as an invitation to accessorise with well-chosen jewellery from the House collections. \u201cI love the idea of working with a milliner, adding a touch of mystery to a hat\u2019s design with a brooch from the Albemarle collection, or making a witty addition to a floral arrangement with one of our Enchanted Palace bug brooches.\u201d\n\nWith the hat as the highlight, Sara suggests using jewellery to complement its shape. \u201cFor a wide brim, think about an attractive, understated pair of studs like the delicate diamonds flowers in the Petal collection.\u201d The addition of a necklace from the same collection is a chance to continue the theme.\n \u201cComfort is also something to consider,\u201d says Sara, \u201cand earrings that wrap around or hug the ear combine style with wearability for a long, sociable day.\u201d The Albemarle and Muse collections both offer choices in white and rose gold, set with white diamonds.\n\n\n\t\n Filigree Star Sapphire Pendant\n Muse\n \n Feature stone: Blue Sapphire\n View\n Filigree Star Sapphire Earrings\n Muse\n \n Feature stone: Blue Sapphire\n View\n Albemarle Deco Earrings\n Albemarle\n 18ct Rose Gold \n Feature stone: White Diamond\n View\n Albemarle Brooch\n Albemarle\n 18ct White Gold\n Feature stone: White Diamond\n View\n Enchanted Palace Earrings\n Enchanted Palace\n 18ct White Gold\n Feature stone: Ruby\n View\n Enchanted Palace Brooch – Sapphire\n Enchanted Palace\n 18ct White Gold\n Feature stone: White Diamond\n View\n Petal Ear Climbers\n Petal\n 18ct White Gold\n Feature stone: White Diamond\n View\n Petal Pendant\n Petal\n 18ct White Gold \n Feature stone: White Diamond\n View\n\t\t\n\n \n Colour cuts through the crowd\n\n\u201cJewellery can draw attention with a pop of colour from a sapphire, yellow diamond or emerald,\u201d says Sara, \u201cWhether you\u2019re raising a glass of champagne or taking a look through your binoculars, why not catch people\u2019s attention with a large, coloured stone.\u201d\n\n The Jewelled Vault is a celebration of colour, with one-off pieces showcasing the finest sapphires and emeralds. \u201cIn rings, oval-shaped gemstones are surrounded by thread sets of white diamonds to heighten their colour even further. Alternatively, make a statement with a magnificent pair of drop earrings designed around the most remarkable emeralds or sapphires.\u201d\n \n \nBalancing subtlety with style\nJewellery can also be chosen to make a more subtle impression, and it\u2019s this effect that Sara is personally drawn to this year. \u201cI\u2019ll be wearing Filigree from our Muse collection when I visit Royal Ascot in June,\u201d she says. \u201cIt was inspired by Queen Alexandra, a great fashion icon of her day and regular attendee of the event, and it holds diamonds in filigree work so refined as to be barely visible. The overall effect is both delicate and dazzling.\u201d With a ring, bangle, pendant and earrings all available in this design, there\u2019s the opportunity to focus style on a single look and tone.\n Where beauty meets wearability\n\n\u201cAt Garrard our focus is on making jewellery that is versatile, in proportion and a pleasure to wear,\u201d says Sara. \u201cWhen you\u2019re choosing jewellery for one the summer\u2019s long, prestigious events you need to think how it will feel to wear that piece through the day.\u201d House collections include designs that are lightweight, comfortable and often transformable with removable elements like pendants and tassels. \u201cEverything we do is designed to be worn, so you can be sure you don\u2019t just look good, you feel good too.\u201d\n\nGet in touch to arrange a summer style consultation with one of our team.\n\nAll millinery featured was supplied by Vivien Sheriff.