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.


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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.