Jewelry makes a big statement this season, but it’s time to pack away your “bling” to make room for the bold.
The jewelry that will make or break your look this spring and summer is exotic, colorful and lots of fun to wear — but is more about expressing yourself rather than boasting about your wealth (or what you would like your wealth to be!).
Whether borrowed from distant cultures or inspired by nature, you’ll love this season’s bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings. We’ve got the pick of the crop right here in the latest edition of our weekly fashion and beauty update.
Of course you would! Wood jewelry is one of the hottest looks of the season, especially when worn in multiple layers that feature a mix of natural colors and textures. You can collect, mix and match wood bead necklaces and stack bangles and cuffs to your heart’s content — or go the quick-and-easy route and buy the layered look, such as the necklace shown here. Your wood jewelry will look fantastic with safari-inspired styles and hand-crafted bohemian looks, or with a simple white tank (one of the season’s affordable “must-haves”). We also love the look of wood jewelry mixed with gemstones or crocheted beads, which add just a touch of rich color. In terms of earrings, go for hoops or wooden ball shapes — simple and just right.
Where to find it? This Stein & Blye layered necklace is from Nordstrom ($78). We also recommend the fantastic styles you will find from RJ Graziano, Lee Angel, Pono, Wendy Mink or Gerard Yosca (all available at department stores near you).
Coral and turquoise
Two of the most important fashion colors this season — coral and turquoise — just happen to be as equally essential as jewelry pieces. These two natural beauties work wonderfully with a number of looks, from flouncy prairie skirts to your favorite print caftan to solid white, brights or black. Plus, no matter what type of jewelry you prefer — casual or dressy — you’ll find plenty of choices in coral or turquoise. Go for beaded necklaces or earrings, pendants, bangles, cuffs, hoops or charms (another big trend). You’ll also find them decorating everything from necklaces to belts to shoes. We love the look of coral plus gold as well as the classic combination of turquoise and silver.
Coral and turquoise
Kenneth Jay Lane’s coral and turquoise jewels (especially his branch coral bracelets, belts and charm necklaces) are selling out right now around the country. And no wonder — his pieces not only look great but are affordable. You'll also love the chunky, sexy styles from Ben Amun. Or if you prefer a more delicate look, you can find it at Urban Outfitters or Banana Republic.
Attention all charm lovers: This is your season to shine. Charms can be found dangling from jewelry of all kinds, whether necklaces, earrings, bracelets, belts or as add-ons to your summer handbags. These charming pieces give you a chance to incorporate all the trends. Try a pendant necklace or chain belt adorned with charms of coral, turquoise, gold or wood — or all four! Your choice of charms may run the gamut, from chunky and ethnic-inspired to delicate, romantic charms, including lockets of all kinds. One of the hottest trends is the lucky Italian “horn” shape layered with a few other choice pieces, dangling from a gold or silver chain.
Where to find these charming little numbers? Everywhere! We love the collection of necklaces by Made Her Think, which are carried at Saks Fifth Avenue. Other options include pieces from RJ Graziano, Kenneth Jay Lane, Moschino, Burberry, Bloomingdale’s, Target or Anthropologie.
The classicists among us will welcome the return of sculpted gold jewelry with a Grecian influence (most definitely worthy of your goddess self!). The wonderful thing about this up-and-coming trend is that you will find well-priced pieces that look like they’re straight out of a museum. As a matter of fact, you should check your local museum store for authentic reinterpretations of classic Greek styles. Think “thin,” with gold bangles of different sizes that you wear stacked on your wrist, or “go wide” with oversized cuffs, which are often hammered or textured with gorgeous detailing. In terms of necklaces and earrings, we’re seeing the return of the Greek coin engraved with a profile or other etchings, most often as a pendant or as charms dangling from simple gold hoops.
We took our own advice and spotted some lovely Greek-inspired styles at MetMuseum.org (the site of New York’s Metropolitan Museum). You’ll also find bracelets thick and thin from Ben Amun, Stephen Dweck, Roxanne Assoulin for Lee Angel or Jose and Maria (at Neiman Marcus).
Just because many of this season’s jewelry trends are a little on the “organic” side doesn’t mean you can’t be a glamour puss. Case in point — the return of the cocktail ring! These oversized, meant-to-be-noticed baubles are so fun to wear, and because they’re meant to look rather “faux” you don’t have to break the bank to jump on this trend (although feel free to spring for the “real deal” if you can). Go for the classic look of faux rubies, emeralds, sapphires or your favorite jewel, or opt for gemstones such as turquoise, coral or “who knows what they are” colorful brights. While cocktail rings are required for evening wear, you may also wear them during the day if you so desire — even in multiples!
David Yurman has been creating gorgeously glam cocktail rings for years, and they are a coveted status symbol by many a fashionista, as are the fabulous rings from Di Modolo and Faraone Mennella. On the other side of the wallet, options include rings from Banana Republic, Target and Guess (or even the oh-so-addictive Home Shopping Network).
Judy Gordon is a New York-based style consultant and the “Today” show’s style editor. She has been covering the fashion and beauty beat for the past decade. To learn more about Gordon, you can visit her Web site, TheTrendReport.com, which highlights style trends in America and across the world.
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