This oversized rose measures 6 ¾ inches (and for those of you who can cope with the metric that’s a whopping 17 cm). It’s by Dutch designer Michiel Alexander Ansingh who has amassed vast quantities of vintage stones, some dating back to the 1920s. Many are from the heyday of the American costume jewellery industry of the 1950s. He has them stockpiled in his warehouse in Amsterdam. I would love to go and rummage.

Each De Luxe piece is handcrafted and individual. They make a spectacular statement on any outfit. I have worn this giant rose on a green coat and a cream jacket. It always causes quite a reaction.

A word of caution, these beautiful creations are made from vintage materials but they are not vintage. I have seen some unscrupulous dealers mark them as such.