Jewellery for Gentlemen. May 2017.

Dear Rowley, Well, the manuscript for Jewellery for Gentlemen is finished and at the last count we have about 500 pictures in the files; many of them shot especially for the book by Andy Barnham. I’ve gone cross-eyed checking thousands of Academy … Continue reading

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Diamond Life. November 2016.

Dear Rowley, Apologies for the radio silence, I’ve also been preoccupied by the prep work for my new Thames & Hudson book Sartorial Treasures: Jewellery for Men. Without wishing to sound like Susie Orbach, a man does have to ‘commit’ to … Continue reading

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Nice Set of Beads. July 2011.

Dear Rowley, About a thousand years ago, I was mooted to ghost write the memoirs of mannequin, muse and French fashion icon Maxime de la Falaise: sister of Mark Birley and mother of Yves Saint Laurent muse Loulou. Her lair … Continue reading

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Diamonds as big as the Ritz. June 2011.

Dear Rowley, Am I the only one who thought ‘justice has been done’ when I saw that picture of Nancy Dell Olio dumped in a wheelbarrow legs akimbo being ploughed through a muddy field by a disgruntled lackey? If only … Continue reading

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The Lady is a Vamp May 2011

Dear Rowley, Sometimes you’ve got to love the British press. They are having an absolute ball ‘dropping earrings’ about the mystery ladies and gentlemen who have blocked the newspapers by law from naming profile adulterers. I love that phrase ‘dropping … Continue reading

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