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VM choice: Bon Marche jewellery fixtures

As display fixtures these, in Le Bon Marche’s ground floor fashion store in Paris, really are lovely - as are the contents. The glass cabinet balances, seemingly precariously, on slender chromed legs. It appears almost top heavy yet ethereal, perfectly showcasing the contents.

Each glass ball supports an elaborate, statement necklace constructed from semi-precious and worked materials. This silicon necklace, trimmed with green crystal droplets and inspired by flowers, is by Ek Thongprasert. A further piece from his Flower Classic range encircles the base of the fixture.

The glass shapes vary. This one almost suggests its inspiration was part of a car’s spark plug. It supports a single necklace of turquoise and marbled stones by French-Belgian duo, Moutton Collet. Laid formally across the glass floor of the cabinet are two contrasting but related bracelets, making a set which could be worn together, but with sufficient variation not to look old-fashioned and ‘matchy-matchy.’

This third example resembles a flower vase with its open top. It is adorned with a twisted molten gold collar by jeweller Annelise Michelson. Around the floor of the cabinet is a selection of bold earrings from the same range, and a dramatic cuff. A pendant version on a black ribbon fills the left-hand side of the cabinet. Michelson’s intention is to make women look sexy, desirable and complex, thinking of her work as ‘weapons’ with which to achieve this. The contrast of the lightness of the cabinet further emphasizes the strength and solidity of the jewellery; the red tag explains that this selection is exclusive to Bon Marche.

Other exclusively-chosen vintage pieces from Loulou de la Falaise in Bon Marche’s selection are displayed flat on large slabs of peach-tinted marble, a colour and surface sympathetic to the texture, if not the colour, of skin. This is surely a warmer choice than a clinically white surface.