Ornament Yourself


    By Doris Montanera

    Don’t just deck the halls. Accessories are an equal opportunity fashion; they don’t care if you’re a size 4 or 14. Bulky bangles and dangling bibs and beads are big this season, whether glistening like blocks of ice or glinting in gold and silver metal. You can dress up or dress down any outfit with the right gems. We’ve got one for each of the 12 days of Christmas.

      On the first day of Christmas accessories, my true love gave to me…

      tiffany-black-onyx-and-diamond-earrings Tiffany. It’s timeless. You can’t go wrong with these fluted black onyx and diamond earrings in platinum. On trend now, they’ll be fashionable long after the season is over.

      $23,100. Available at Tiffany & Co. stores.

                  On the second day of accessories…

                  black-onyx-and-silver-metal-cuff Arm yourself in a black onyx and silver metal cuff by Toronto jewellery designer Rita Tesolin. It’s on the most wanted list—of several fashion editors, that is.

                  $245. Email or call 416.784.1221 to order.

                        On the third day…

                        emily-woudenberg-pearls Wear your dreams close to your heart. The freshwater pearls are elegant, and the starfish and silk bow are sweet, but the best thing about this piece is the charm made from small bottles found by Canadian designer Emily Woudenberg. Inside them are sand and a small message with lyrics from Lucy by Aesop Rock, one of her favourite artists: “Look, I’ve never had a dream in my life/Because a dream is what you wanna do, but still haven’t pursued/I knew what I wanted and did it till it was done/So I’ve been the dream that I wanted to be since day one.”

                        $150. Available in 16” and 18” lengths at

                            Day 4…

                            melanie-lyne-necklace Smart. Sophisticated. It’s clear that a cascade of crystal will brighten any LBD. While it looks cold as ice, the heat of covetous gazes will leave you melting.

                            $28. Available at select Melanie Lyne stores, or 1.877.973.6090.

                                Day 5…

                                jdj-rings This eye candy is better than five golden rings. The bold lemon citrine, amethyst and blue topaz hues of this John de Jong trio will brighten any outfit, and leave your mouth watering.

                                $5,900 each. Available at

                                  Day 6…

                                  banana-republic-chandelier-earrings For oomph and opulence, chandelier earrings will draw all eyes to your face. Just make sure you accessorize with a smile.

                                  $55. Available at Banana Republic stores in Canada, 1.888.BRSTYLE or

                                    Day 7…

                                    edge-bangle-stack-by-erin-tracy You can wear these separately, but this season, bigger is better. Stack these hammered brass, silver and black rhodium bangles for effect.

                                    Edge Bangle Stack by Erin Tracy, $523. Individual bangles $90 to $98 each. Thick silver bangle, $250. Available at

                                      Day 8…

                                      foxy-originals-lariats Can’t go wrong with long, swinging layers to draw the eye, especially when your wardrobe is basic and understated. These lariats come in a pewter base coated in sterling silver, gold, bronze or gunmetal. Lovely.

                                      $54. Available at

                                        Day 9…

                                        jessica-bracelets Sometimes you just want to sparkle. Big crystal bracelets will help you make a bold and brilliant statement.

                                        Jessica bracelets, $16.99 and $24.99. Available at Sears Canada stores.

                                          Day 10…

                                          lia-sophias-moonlight-waltz-earrings For a hit of retro glam, we love the recurring kaleidoscope pattern of the cut crystals and glass beads on Lia Sophia’s Moonlight Waltz earrings.

                                          $55. Available at

                                            Day 11…

                                            carole-tanenbaum-crystal-snowflake-pin Make a holiday fashion statement that doesn’t include battery-powered wreath accessories with this crystal snowflake pin from costume jewellery curator Carole Tanenbaum.

                                            $149.99. Carole Tanenbaum SeleCT jewellery line available at select Winners locations.

                                              On the 12th day…

                                              jdj-cufflinks Don’t underestimate the power of a crisp, white, French-cuff shirt and simple black pants. Accessorize with John de Jong’s vibrant apatite, tsavorite garnet and blue sapphires in a ring of rose-cut and brilliant-cut diamond cufflinks. You’ll shine.

                                              $7,500. Available at

                                                    Rita Tesolin image by Photo by Christian Badanjak

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