A contemporary chain
This season, designers are finding new ways to elevate the chunky gold-chain necklace. “Jewelers are embellishing this classic look by studding links with diamonds, incorporating semi-precious stones and adding splashes of enamel,” says NET-A-PORTER fine jewelry and watches buyer Edwina Hilton. Lauren Rubinski’s distinctive glossy gold links are seen on the world’s most stylish necks and wrists. This year, she has upped the ante by daubing them with multicolored neon enamel. Jade Trau separates her industrial-chic links with brilliant-cut diamonds; Foundrae elevates an everyday gold bracelet with connectors set with pavé diamonds; and Marie Lichtenberg fastens her oversized chains with neon-bright enamel clasps decorated with protective symbols. Whether worn over a plain T-shirt or with an oversized blazer, the embellished chain is set to become the hardest-working item in your new-season jewelry wardrobe.
What’s better than one Suzanne Kalan cuff? An entire wristful of them, in every color of the rainbow. “The art of layering still dominates in the jewelry world – more is definitely more,” confirms Edwina Hilton. Stack bracelets alongside your watch; layer necklaces, pendants and chains to create an eclectic look; and combine multiple hoops and studs for a unique ear stack. When you think enough is enough, add a little more. Shay’s sapphire chokers are the perfect starting point for a striking décolletage; add a gold chain by Anita Ko for a contemporary take on a rivière necklace, or a belcher chain strung with talismanic pendants by Foundrae. On the wrist, chunky chains and slender bangles will avoid an unsightly tangle, and on the lobes, layer hoops of all shapes and sizes. “Don’t be afraid to mix metals, colors and brands to curate your unique, individual look,” says Hilton. “The beauty of this trend is that there is no right or wrong way to style it.”
Move over, minimalism; technicolor brights are taking over, as diamonds share their throne with a rainbow of precious and semi-precious stones with eye-catching hues that bring joy to fingers, lobes and necks. Whatever your colors, there’s a gem to suit; from the lush emeralds and fiery rubellites of Fernando Jorge’s native Brazil, to the aquamarines, tourmalines and lapis lazuli that Elizabeth Gage sets in textured gold. Retrouvaí clashes pastel-pink tourmaline with piercing turquoise, while Emily P. Wheeler combines Barbie-pink sapphires with equally vivid enamel. “Choose colors that light up your face and complement your skin tone,” advises Melissa Kaye, whose diamond-dotted designs range from saccharine pastels to neon brights, described by the jeweler as “universally flattering”. Other jewelers showcase the gemological color spectrum within a single design: whether it’s Mateo’s rainbows, Carolina Bucci’s playful ‘Forte Beads’ bracelets, or Brent Neale’s ‘Knot’ ring, set with multicolored sapphires – the perfect way to dip your toe, so to speak, into the technicolor trend.
Timepieces with a twist
This year’s most sought-after watches demonstrate that timelessness doesn’t necessarily equate to simplicity. Hermès Timepieces continues its eternally chic aesthetic with instantly recognizable silhouettes on interchangeable straps that range from baby pink and sunshine yellow to the house’s signature orange. Alongside straps in taupe, tan and scarlet, the dial of IWC Schaffhausen’s iconic ‘Portofino’ comes in cream, navy or khaki – the perfect finishing touch to any work or weekend outfit. A new addition to NET-A-PORTER’s roster of fine watches, LA-based brand laCalifornienne specializes in candy-striped leather straps that can be easily changed to give a different look to its ‘Daybreak’ timepiece: from rainbow brights to chic monochrome, there’s a palette for every season.