Peacocking is officially back. During the peak of the pandemic, investing in gorgeous jewels – with somewhere wonderful in mind to wear them – felt like a pipe dream, but with weddings, exotic holidays and in-office workdays back on the agenda, it’s time to action your accessory fantasies. So, delivering jewelry’s unique dopamine high, this curation of the finest re-entry jewels introduces the perfect pieces to gift yourself this season.
Pearls, pearls, pearls. From Coco Chanel, who wore layer upon layer, to Josephine Baker, who posed nude with a strategically placed string of them in the 1920s, nothing says elegance or romance quite like the pearl. Those vying for best-dressed guest should consider Mateo’s baroque-pearl earrings, or Sophie Bille Brahe’s ‘Botticelli Rose’ cluster design. For Tahitian-pearl lovers, Pomellato’s ‘Sabbia’ earrings are sublime, and the Charms Company crafts hoops strewn with them, coquettishly called ‘Pearls of Joy’. If you’re looking for a statement pair, Yvonne Léon’s seashells with pearl tips are ideal, while the pearly queen of the chandelier drop, Nadia Morgenthaler, offers striking styles in blackened, recycled gold. One set of pearls can see you through an entire summer’s worth of stylish nuptials, but don’t hold back – the more the merrier in my book.
When dressing up to go out-out, is there anything cooler than big gold jewelry on bare skin? For evening soirées, your go-to ring choice has to be Boucheron’s ‘Quatre Radiant Edition’ in large because, really, is there any other size? Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen’s snake cuffs and bangles can be stacked up the wrist, while Buccellati’s cascading ‘Hawaii’ hoop earrings suit a plunging neckline. More minimalist fans should look to Chopard’s ‘Ice Cube’ ring – a simple yet classic piece designed for stacking – or, if you’re on a first date, Lito’s enamel eye earrings provide the perfect conversation starter.
The romantic weekend away
The impassioned ruby should clearly be top of one’s list when amorous vacations are being planned, and while Bina Goenka’s one-of-a kind floral masterpieces are an obvious choice, Martin Katz also offers a pair of juicy rubellite drops framed in white diamonds. However, if red feels too obvious, other colorful gems can spark interest too; try the verdant greens of Fernando Jorge’s emeralds or David Yurman’s sophisticated ‘Stax’ ring instead – both are equally alluring.
Garden parties galore
Champagne on the veranda wouldn’t be complete without a floaty dress and lashings of princess-style white diamonds. Depending on whose garden you’re in, Garrard’s ‘Beatrice’ tiara – a contemporary masterpiece that brings all the glitz and glamour – springs to mind. Alternatively, consider a David Morris diamond-studded white-gold bangle twisted around your wrist, with a Garrard ‘Wings Embrace’ ring to finish the look. Elsewhere, Yeprem’s scintillating diamond earrings will sparkle in the sunshine, while Piaget’s ‘Possession’ earrings, which curl elegantly around the lobes, make a statement despite their petite silhouette. To make a lasting impression, however, look to Lorraine Schwartz’s smile-adorned bracelet encrusted with diamonds. With its eye-catching design and dazzling gems, you’re guaranteed to steal the show.