Ara L. - February 11, 2021
Journal - Trending Jewellery
Suppose you've been carefully following trends in jewellery and the design of jewellery over the years. In that case, you'll notice pieces that have remained timeless. Two contemporary designs come to mind—first, the Cartier Love Bracelets, a favourite among celebrity chefs. Secondly, the 50 years iconic Bone Cuff Bangle by Tiffany and Co. This timeless piece was recently worn by the lead actor in Wonder Woman 1984.
If one thing is sure, jewellery has stood the test of time. Iconic pieces and the "every day" jewels have stood on the stage of perfection, constantly transforming and adapting to what jewellery lovers are searching for. Sometimes it's the one piece everyone is talking about. Other times, it's the Jewels that get passed down generations.
While tuning into 2021, I want to mention the newest additions to the jewellery industry. We'll talk about specific pieces and, in some categories, particular styles. Either way, you'll see what jewellery has become in all categories.
Without a doubt, the most popular style of Chain these days is the Paper Clip style. Although many variations, the link style is simple - elongated oval links, sometimes rounded and sometimes flat. So elegant, minimalist and absolutely perfect.
The link style is highly durable and fashionable all in one. It packs in a bit more weight than the usual demi-fine pieces you may be used to, but you're getting a solid piece. They're available in all sorts of metals, but your best options are Sterling Silver plated in 18KT Gold or Vermeil.
It's not one specific style that has taken the stage. It's all the styles being worn at once. Or, for some, it's the same pair on one ear. The growing trend has become plentiful, especially with demi-fine jewellery. Truth be told, there has been evidence of this being fashionable through history. We'll leave that for another interesting Journal Entry.
The imagination and creativity behind this are truly limitless. Be gentle with earrings, though. A delicate amount of force should be used at all times to avoid damage. More importantly, keep them clean to avoid any complications and tarnishing.
These pretty little things are generally known as pendants. Still, with the growing popularity of layering, specifically Necklaces with Medallions, it takes a category of its own. They're beautiful and mostly made as old coins or, sometimes, encapsulated coins.
You'll find these more often in Sterling Silver, Vermeil and less expensive options. These pieces generally pack in a bit of weight and cost a bit more when made in Solid Gold. It's not impossible. You need a trusted jeweller.
Here's what I love: wear it below the knuckle! There's nothing wrong with that at all. However, the fit is super important. It needs to be snug and comfortable at the same time.
Another emerging trend is the stackers. It's about more than one ring. It's about matching them either with other colours or other styles. The demi-fine pieces make this easy and exciting all at once.
It's all that sparkles with little effort. The recently introduced "rub-over" style clasp has been transforming how bracelets can be worn. The extension of the bracelet becomes a statement of its own. The one thing I always say about bracelets: be nice to them as they're mostly gentle. It's the traditional Italian style chains that are made more rigid.
All in all, I've noticed a key theme to be small, demi-fine jewels, but plentiful, layered and stacked. It's a trend that pays homage to jewellery as it's been seen through history and, as a lover of all things art myself, it also envokes uniqueness. The combination of colours, metals and styles has never been more critical, but, at the same time, has never been so flexible! I've never remembered a time where creativity has taken over this much, so much.
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