Eureka! The exclamation, attributed to Archimedes on discovering a method for determining the purity of gold, has never been more appropriate. This season, jewelry designers did not hold back creativity, investment and commitment despite the poor value of the dollar and the rising oil and gas prices. For consumers, jewelry continues to be the bright spot in peoples’ marking happy, momentous occasions. Here’s what jewelry styles will be abundant this season:
Hard to ignore, oversized necklaces have been shown universally in the major fashion publications over the past several months. There are a few beauties to note in the fine jewelry arena including: Snake-like chain link triple strand necklaces; Mesh webbing “bib” shaped precious metal styles; Intertwined chain link necklaces, modern chunky Riviere necklaces (made to look like a river of gemstones) crafted from affordable colored gemstones clustered together.
For Fall/Winter we will see big, bold, blackened and bejeweled cuffs. Blackened sterling silver in particular is the metal of preference for bracelets. Colored gemstones, mostly cabochon, milky and opaque are popular accents. Rose-cut diamonds and colored gemstones also make for subtle sophisticated detailing. Black gemstones paired with high karat gold is a rich look that will also be seen this Fall/Winter.
Big earrings are back- especially in the form of large gold hoops. Note that the freshest versions are forward facing. Concentric circles floating in the center of an outer hoop are trending. Pavé diamond hoops with lots of “bling” are also welcome additions. Bigger, bolder and brighter diamonds are being used as well as black and brown, champagne, cognac diamonds.
Loved for their punch of color and breath taking size, gemmy cocktail rings have become a fun classic. The news in this category however are the cocktail ring crafted without using large heroic gemstones. Large disks made from precious metals with interesting treatments sit atop the finger for a sixties “Mod” cocktail ring. Clusters of small gemstones form a dramatic compilation cocktail ring. Solid carved gemstones with a hole for the finger are the most avant-guard kind of cocktail rings, appealing to the artsy and confident consumer.