Last year came and went with very little bling to show for it, yet despite the spate of virtual events, online meetings, and cancelled weddings, the future of luxury jewellery is looking bright, with bridal-related jewellery, in particular, witnessing a growth of up to 30% during quarantine.
Jewellery has always been both a luxury and an aspirational product, one divided into an infinite number of smaller niches, at least one of which every fashion lover can relate to. If you’re excited about the return of ‘normality’ and of events at which to show off your fine jewellery collection, take note of the following trends.
Kate Middleton arguably revived the trend for coloured engagement rings many years ago, but today, colour is embraced by the non-bridal contingent alike, with bright hues being arguably the biggest trend for Spring/Summer 2021. Plus, with such a wide variety of rare gemstones – some even rarer than diamonds, it is no surprise that they are a favourite of Haute Joaillerie workshops around the world.
On the high-end, designers are creating rings and necklaces with stones such as pink, green and black diamonds, while fashion jewellery designers are using coloured stones and beads in the designs of the season.
For inspiration on how great vivid jewellery can look, check out Cartier’s newest Panthère de Cartier Necklace (featuring onyx, tsavorite and garnets) or Chanel’s fashion jewellery ring made with glass pearls in pale pink, lavender, mint green, and sea blue.
Many who invest in luxury jewellery opt for classical earrings that are symmetrical and perfectly matched, but this year, it’s all about celebrating and showing off the artistry of each earring as a separate unit. Thus, brands like Dior are creating original sets featuring one earring with a message (J’adior) and another featuring a different design altogether (in Dior’s case, a honeybee).
The idea is for each piece to vary considerably in size and shape. Other firms (including Bvlgari) are creating subtly mismatched designs like the Divas’ Dream Earrings, with each earring holding pink and blue gemstones in different arrangements. If you do invest in an artsy mismatched set, displaying your jewellery aesthetically will help others enjoy their beauty.
If you have various pieces of colourful jewellery, ensure they are well organised so as to avoid scratches and scrapes. Everything from a luxury jewellery box to a jewellery organiser, stand, or trinket tray will work for the right pieces.
Thick Chains, Statement Pendants
Chains have been big on the jewellery scene for the past couple of years, but this year they have an added ingredient: statement pendants. Fendi, for instance, has both delicate and larger chains with its iconic cube-shaped pendant.
Versace is blinging it out in yellow gold chains featuring sizeable medals emblazoned with its famed logo. Bvlgari, meanwhile, has designed the beautiful Serpenti Viper Necklace, featuring snake ‘coils’ instead of chains, with the serpent’s diamond-studded ‘tail’ taking the place of a pendant.
Jewellery is back, as are the many social occasions and cultural events at which you have the opportunity to flaunt your best pieces. Just a few trends to watch out for in the warmer season include colourful gemstones, mismatched earrings, and thick chains with statement pendants.
The past penchant for matching pieces has indeed given way fully to the high demand for artistic pieces that can be styled together with other pieces to best express your mood, taste, and sense of style.