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 sapphires, tourmalines and lapis lazuli that Elizabeth Gage sets in bands of textured gold. Retrouvaí clashes pastel-pink tourmaline with duck-egg-blue trolleite, 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-edged designs range from dusty pastels to neon brights, described by the jeweler as “universally flattering”. Other jewelers showcase the gemological color spectrum within a single design: whether Harwell Godfrey’s geometric rainbows, Carolina Bucci’s playful ‘Forte Beads’ bracelets, or Brent Neale’s ‘Knot’ ring, set with heart-shaped sapphires – the perfect way to dip your toe into the technicolor trend.
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 season, 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 1.56 carats of 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.
Timepieces with a twist
This year’s most sought-after timepieces demonstrate that timelessness doesn’t necessarily equate to simplicity. Hermès Timepieces continue the house’s eternally chic aesthetic with instantly recognizable silhouettes on interchangeable straps that range from raspberry pink and electric blue to sunshine yellow and the brand’s signature orange. Alongside straps in taupe, dove gray, baby pink and crimson, the dial of IWC Schaffhausen’s iconic ‘Portofino’ comes in charcoal, 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, Charles Oudin’s classic timepieces are sold with three different satin straps to mix and match with any outfit, while LA-based brand laCalifornienne specializes in candy-striped leather straps for the Apple Watch: from rainbow brights to saccharine pastels, there’s a palette for every season.
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 embellished chokers are the perfect starting point for a décolletage dripping in diamonds, add a gold chain by Jade Trau, Anita Ko’s 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.”