Novelist Amanda Craig on why it"s love – not diamonds – that makes jewellery precious


Memories in my jewellery box: A top novelist magically evokes why it”s love – not diamonds – that makes jewellery truly precious

9:36 AM on 28th September 2011

Treasures: Amanda Craig wearing a favourite necklace and earrings

Treasures: Amanda Craig wearing a favourite necklace and earrings

Jewellery is used to mark all kinds of crucial moments in our lives, from cradle to grave (picture posed by model)

Jewellery is used to mark all kinds of crucial moments in our lives, from cradle to grave (picture posed by model)

Symbolic: Even novelist Amanda

Symbolic: Even novelist Amanda”s favourite childhood books, like The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, featured jewellery with special powers

A new survey has revealed that one in ten men fear giving jewellery to their girlfriend for fear of it being misinterpreted

A new survey has revealed that one in ten men fear giving jewellery to their girlfriend for fear of it being misinterpreted

Sparkling sapphire: The ring was bought for 28,500 but was later valued at 250,000

Few would be as brave as Prince William in giving Kate Middleton the sapphire and diamond engagement ring of his dead mother

The emotions surrounding jewellery were summed up in Love Actually, where Emma Thompson

The emotions surrounding jewellery were summed up in Love Actually, where Emma Thompson”s character discovers a ruby her husband has bought, only to find out it is a gift for a potential mistress