The word “accessory” comes from the Latin accessorius, meaning additional thing. While it may be commonplace to categorize jewelry as an accessory or secondary element, jewelry often exceeds such a simple classification. The best jewelry does not play a supporting role in an ensemble; it steals the show. That’s why top designers the world over are spending more time incorporating unique and fashion-forward jewelry into their looks. Here are a few of the hottest jewelry trends making star turns this year.
Though their popularity may wax and wane, natural pearls never truly go out of style. These precious emblems of timeless elegance are back in the spotlight, appearing on the runway in the latest collections from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Valentino, and Chanel. In many cultures, pearls are associated with the moon and their naturally soft, lustrous glow pairs perfectly with a simple yet refined fashion sense.
Speaking of never going out of style, vintage jewelry continues to revive the popularity of prior eras. In 2018, fashion houses like Balenciaga and Dolce & Gabbana are drawing inspiration from the romantic and baroque aesthetics of the Victorian and Elizabethan eras, tending towards the ornate and intricately detailed. Vintage and vintage-inspired jewelry showcase and celebrate the skillful artistry of master jewelers, and that skill is timeless.
The resurgence of brooches has been spotted on the runways and red carpets, especially among younger consumers who use them to dress up otherwise-plain jackets and coats. Once considered a bit dated, brooches are enjoying newfound popularity as imminently adaptable displays of precious gems and metals that can also function as clasps for shawls and wraps.
Incorporating these jewelry trends into your look can bring together an entire outfit and convey something that is greater than the sum of its parts. At Alex & Co., we specialize in custom designs made in-house at our store in Newton, MA. Whether it’s tailoring an entirely new piece or redesigning something to bring new life into your look, you can be sure that you will have something truly unique. Your life is a story. Let us help you tell it. Make an appointment to visit us today.
Let’s use the round diamond or the 57 facet “brilliant cut” as an example. The brilliant cut is the quintessential shape in which almost all diamonds are cut today.
The 57 facets create a huge number of internal pathways along which light entering the stone can travel. The light that appears to pour from a diamond under certain lighting is the result of a pattern of bouncing light. This maximizes two key aspects of a diamond’s shine – brilliance and fire. In effect, a very expensive 57 facet kaleidoscope!
Brilliance is a measure of the white light that beams from some facets of a diamond. When lit directly from above, light entering the diamond strikes one lower facet, and then a second, at near-perfect 45-degree angles. This reflects the light back out the top of the stone, so that to the viewer it seems light is streaming from inside the diamond. If the diamond’s cut is angled too steeply the light is reflected out the side of the stone. Too shallow, and it exits out the bottom.
Light striking the diamond at an angle gets refracted, or bent, as it enters the stone. As Newton discovered in his experiments with prisms, white light is a mixture of all the colors in the rainbow – and that by refracting it these component colors can be separated out. This effect, which generates the little rainbows of color that diamonds create, is called chromatic dispersion, or in gemological terms, “fire”.
Jewelry will pull together any outfit and finish your look.
Here is our list of the 6 essential pieces of jewelry every girl needs.
Diamond studs have been worn as a classic staple for ages. No woman should be without a pair of these little beauties. This is a must for a classic, timeless and elegant look. The diamond stud is the most versatile and is ideal for any occasion. Whether it’s a pearl, gold or diamond stud earring this style lends itself to a very polished look.
A diamond hoop will take you from boardroom to ballroom. This earring is a very stylish alternative than its cousin, the stud. The hoop is a bit more of a “show-off” as it’s a more substantial earring than the stud.
No girl should be left out in the cold without a pair of statement earrings. This is the quickest way to rev up any outfit. Funky with a T shirt or down the red carpet, a statement earring in diamond or in a fabulous splash of color is a guaranteed home run!
Strand of Pearls
Today a cultured pearl necklace is the foundation for every girl’s wardrobe. This never out of style necklace can take a woman through every moment of her life. Fashionable and feminine, cultured pearls are a timeless classic. They work with most any outfit-put it with your LBD and think Breakfast at Tiffany’s!
Right Hand Ring
Your left hand may be on reserve for your engagement ring and wedding band but your right hand is ready for a party! Whether it’s an attention-grabbing cocktail ring, a set of stack rings or a ring with great colored stones – the choice is yours. Pick a good one and make it a signature.
A Bracelet or Cuff
A fashionable bracelet will elevate your look and put a finish to any outfit. Put a spin on a T-shirt and wear a bracelet or cuff for “cool-girl” style or add lady-like polish and wear it with a dress.