The fabulous Liz Taylor once said, "Every woman, no matter how small it is, covets a diamond". I don't necessarily think that's true but there is definitely something seductive about these glittery gems. And my latest obsession? Teeny, tiny diamonds: sparkly but subtle, delicate but dazzling and understated enough to wear every day.
Which is what I'm doing with these ear-rings from Vashi.com. The site, launched by jewellery expert Vashi Dominguez, promises luxury accessories at a 71% cheaper rate than the high street. I got my little sparklers (combined carat weight 0.15ct) in their sample sale (loving the tagline: diamonds last forever but discounts don't) where they were reduced to £247 from £309.
Vashi is apparently famous for rejecting nine out of ten diamonds and hand selecting his stones based on the four c's (cut, colour, clarity and carat) as well as qualities like brilliance, fluorescence and sparkle.
And I couldn't resist picking up this tiny little dot of a diamond ring from Pandora. It was meant to be - I'd spotted it in Amsterdam, dithered over the €180 price tag and found it at Kildare Village for €100 this weekend. The ring itself is sterling silver, with the diamond circled by gold, and I think it's perfect with my wedding and engagement ring; it doesn't compete with them, just subtly co-ordinates, and I've wanted another ring for that hand for an age.
What do you think: good things come in small packages, or the bigger the better?