Fine Jewelry

How To Style Jewelry With Knitwear This Fall

L-R: Anne-Laure Mais, Adwoa Aboah, Jacqueline Zelwis

With knitwear season upon us, ANNABEL DAVIDSON seeks out the jewels that sit best with jumpers, cardigans and more

Julia Comil (wearing orange sweater) and Alice Barbier show how to work a chunky chain with any style of knitwear

Knitwear – be it whisper-thin cashmere or the chunkiest yarn around – may not seem like the perfect pairing with jewelry, but it can be. As much as a sun-kissed glow really brings out the gleam of gold, so too a rolled-up cardigan sleeve can make a diamond tennis bracelet sparkle. It’s just about getting the balance right – here’s how…

Over or under

A pendant on a fine chain – like L’Atelier Nawbar’s lapis lazuli ‘Your Hand in Mine’ – needs a little contrast. It would look hopeless over a very chunky knit (never strain a skinny chain) but, glinting against your skin under RedValentino’s powder-blue cable-knit cardigan, it’s spot on. The same goes for Gemella’s adorable ‘Sweetheart’ necklaces and Mason and Books’ equally cute ‘Love Bug’ necklaces with shimmering opal, topaz and diamond details. That contrast of something super-delicate on your skin and a thick, cozy yarn is a winner.

If you want to wear some jewelry over a chunky knit, such as an oversized turtleneck from The Row or a jacquard knit from JW Anderson, you’ve got to fight fire with fire. That means super-strong, super-bold chains by Lauren Rubinski, with oversized links and pops of rainbow color. These naval-length necklaces, swinging with giant smiley-face pendants and jangling chain bracelets, look even better en masse. Robinson Pelham’s pieces can take on bigger sweaters, too – especially their solid ‘Identity’ necklaces and bracelets, featuring a smattering of diamonds.

Go long

While a delicate little necklace might not make much impact over a sweater, a long one works well. Foundrae’s ‘Wholeness’ necklace is on a long chain that can be doubled for extra impact, while Marie Lichtenberg’s ‘Waterfall’ pendant on a two-tone cord is big and bold enough to swing over a cozy cardi. The double-drop quartz necklace by Pippa Small hangs right down the sternum, with two oversized quartz drops making a big statement.

One is never enough

If anything can handle a #neckmess, it’s winter wool. Foundrae makes a jumble of different charms child’s play by doing the layering for you – the ‘Resilience Per Aspera Ad Astra’ necklace throws a couple together and looks even better when layered with more Foundrae pieces. This is also where Retrouvaí really nails the layered look. The Los Angeles brand founded by Kirsty Stone has a brilliant way with hardstones – mottled dendrite, brilliant turquoise, vivid carnelian – and that’s never looked better than in her ‘Lollipop’ pendants, which feature gemstones set within hardstone surrounds in heart, disc and plaque shapes. Jumble them together on long chains.

An open cardigan, buttoned at the top, is the perfect piece for styling out a #neckmess – or to reveal a bold flash of statement jewelry (maybe with a chain belt to finish off the look)

Smooth settings

Any knitwear lover worth their salt knows it – the prongs and sharp corners of rings can be ruthless when it comes to tugging on a yarn. The best rings to pair with your knitwear are smooth and flat, without a tiny metal hook in sight. Cece Jewellery’s cult signet rings sporting miniaturized, enameled versions of her beautiful paintings are just the thing – tiny and sweet, they can handle all the sweater pulling on and off you throw at them. The same goes for Kolours Jewelry’s pavé-set triple-eternity rings, the stones set flush in the metal to provide sparkle without snagging.

The juxtaposition of knitwear and cuffs creates a strong, confident look – sleeves or no sleeves

Cuff love

Oversized cuff bracelets worn with sweaters looks hugely impactful. Whether they’re worn on your wrist, on the bicep over a knit, or holding the sleeves of a cardigan at the forearm, the cuffs need to be big and bold – in fact, the bigger the better. Buccellati, Carolina Bucci and Irene Neuwirth all have form here, as does Amrapali. The juxtaposition of wool and jewels has never looked cooler.


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