It’s warm, it’s light, it’s amazing to be outside. It must be summer. Here are new jewelry trends for the summer of 2014:
Filigree designs are popular for both body art and jewellery at the moment. If you don’t quite fancy the permanence of a tattoo but instead want to invest in a piece that will never date and can be taken off at will, then look no further than Tiffany. The iconic US design house has brought out an entire collection based on 19th century scrollwork and fairytales. Enchant is truly magical, and this round pendant stands out as one of the highlights for us, especially in 18ct gold.
How to wear it: with anything your imagination can conceive… or nothing at all.
Glam rock style
The 90s are firmly back in fashion now and while those plastic ‘tattoo’ chokers were big back then, there’s really no excuse to dress the same way you did when you were 14. So what better way to embrace the witch chic trend than with a luxe star sign necklace? Brit jewellery maester Stephen Webster’s signature glam rock style is stamped all over this range from Harrods. We would wear this deliciously gothic jet Sagittarius necklace regardless of what the Zodiac dictates, but there are alternatives for every sign!
How to wear it: with monochrome and a large-brimmed black hat
Vintage style jewelry
There’s a big revival of vintage style jewellery at the moment, particularly the exclusive and very rare ‘Juliana’ style pieces produced in the 1950s-1960s. This Oscar de la Renta necklace evokes the style with its faceted navettes and glittering rhinestones, but gives it a much more modern twist. Or, if you prefer to be unique, you could always go for the real thing … you’ll likely never see anyone else with the same, which is the main advantage of buying vintage and antique pieces!
How to wear it: with party dresses… even in the daytime!
Huge statement necklaces are very de rigueur just now– and the American brand Dannijo (founded by the eponymous sisters) does it perfectly in heavy metal! We adore this ‘Guthrie’ necklace, surely named after folk music and protest song-writing legend Woody. Beloved of stars like Beyonce, Natalie Portman and New York socialite Olivia Palermo, Dannijo is also a brand with a conscience, with profits going towards grass roots initiatives in Africa.
How to wear it: With plain coloured tops or with bohemian styles in muted, earthy shades
Alex Monroe is one of the UK’s leading jewellery designers. Recently, he even paired up with Liberty to design a much-coveted and exclusive necklace in the place of a medal for the London leg of Nike’s women-only race series, We Own the Night (so we were actually surprised to learn that he is a man!). His gold bumblebee necklace has been around a while but still a bestseller and we can see why. It’s understated, kitsch luxury in pure gold.
How to wear it: With anything you like… just maybe don’t pair it with black and yellow stripes.
We couldn’t really miss out pearls as a summer necklace trend, now could we? Multi-strand pearl necklaces have recently been spotted on everyone from Rihanna to Angelina Jolie to Michelle Obama, who teamed them with both couture and evening-wear. Ours are a statement piece made with the highest quality freshwater pearls and a solid silver clasp – the perfect investment, something that will never go out of fashion and will last a lifetime… and even outlive the next generation! Instant glamour for any outfit, but don’t restrict them to after-dark only – as we’ve discussed before, they work with casual looks too!
How to wear it: with glamorous dresses or casual outfits, but keep the neckline simple to show it off to its fullest advantage.
Lastly, another nod to the 90s trend for the arcane and occult – this gothic rose gold dagger rosary from cult NYC jewellery designer Pamela Love is our pick for anyone who never quite grew out of their teenage goth phase. Choose from finishes and chain styles – or just get both!
How to wear it: Layer it up with other pendants over black… but maybe forgo the black lipstick this time around.