Forget ‘transitional’ – it feels like we’ve gone from sundresses and sandals to boots and coats in ten seconds flat. At least with jewellery, what worked in the heat can also work in the cold with a few minor tweaks. Herewith, the jewellery trends you need to know for the new season.
The new chain gang is one you’ll want to join. Forget the single, barely-detectable gold chain delicately shimmering around the neck – the new chains can be seen from a distance, and are able to take on the chunkiest cold-weather knits.
If layering, unless money is no object, a mix of lower-karat, vermeil, and 18ct gold chains will give you the fully loaded effect. Try layering up Catbird’s finer 14ct chains with Wwake’s diamond and opal-strewn pieces, then steal from the boys and add Tom Wood’s vermeil chains for extra length.
For heft, look to Tilly Sveass and her super chunky watch chain necklaces plated in 18ct gold, and to make sure you’ve got some real gold in there – as in solid 18ct – head to Tiffany & Co, Cartier, or Van Cleef & Arpels, whose Vintage Alhambra necklaces in etched, guilloche yellow gold have a highly polished gleam to catch the eye.
If it’s just one statement-making gold chain you’re after, opt for major pendants or multiple strands. Jessica McCormack’s ball’n’chain range of chunky gold orbs linked together can be anchored with huge diamond or emerald drops – as seen on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in both a bikini and a blazer, while CVC Stones now offers a gold version of its diamond-studded pebble.
If all this sounds like too much gold, there are gold and silver blends to be found by HUM, a Japanese brand who leads the way with melding gold and sterling silver.
Next up, it’s brightly hued enamel. Instagram went crazy for Bea Bongiasca’s squiggly, tendril-like ‘vine’ collection of 9ct gold, hand painted with brilliantly-hued enamel, and set with gemstones like topaz and peridot.
Nina Runsdorf’s iconic Flip rings now come in primary coloured enamels, along with oversized hoops with removable charms, and Roxanne Assoulin’s enamel bracelets and hoop earrings are made to be layered.
Alice Cicolini is the queen of sweet enamel rings in stripes and polka dots, and if colour’s just not your thing, Nikos Koulis uses black enamel for a distinct look you could spot from across the room.
Since it’s Second-hand September, recycling jewellery has to be mentioned. The vintage jewellery market is huge, and with Downton Abbey about to hit the big screen, Edwardian, Georgian, and Victorian jewellery will likely be in demand again.
Try Grays Antiques for an insanely overwhelming array of vintage pieces, or scour regional auction houses’ websites for bargains. I’ve lost hours perusing the websites of Fellows and Chiswick Auctions, online window-shopping.