Big-time bling trends might be less fleeting than those in the fashion arena, but there’s no reason to sit on your jewellery laurels. (Example: that leather choker trend that dominated 2016? Now a serious style faux-pas.) Beautiful jewellery is timeless but key stones, styles and metals still surface each season.
Where rose gold once dominated, we now have a new contender for the King of Bling: yellow gold. The maximalist trend that’s ruled the runways has filtered into jewellery too. Gone are dainty chains and layered fine rings; now it’s all about big, bigger and biggest. Here are the three biggest costume jewellery trends to know for Australian Spring and Summer.
FOR YOUR FINGERS: LONG LIVE THE RING
Its shades of medieval-queen fabulousness mixed with a little Egyptian goddess for good measure make this statement knuckle-duster a deft blend of ancient fashion trends and on-the-money modernity. Gold plating, glittering micro-crystal pearls and pavé are a celebration of all that’s great about the current more-is-more trend driven by fashion brands such as Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana. The scarab beetle hero atop its fancy-cut grey crystal bed was designed to symbolise rebirth and regeneration – a fitting tribute, we think, to the revival of 1990s-vibe outfit opulence. Crown jewels never looks so cool.
SWAROVSKI, MAGNETIC COCKTAIL RING, $249. SHOP NOW
FOR YOUR NECK: CHAIN OF COMMAND
Remember when the only way to wear your necklaces was dainty, fine-chained, layered and pretty? Control-alt-delete that from your style memory bank. On-trend neck bling is now yellow gold and extra chunky with attitude – think gangster with a kitsch twist. Cult Byron-based bohemian brand Spell recently released its first jewellery line, a collection of zodiac-inspired 22-karat gold-vermeil pieces that fit the bill like a summer dream. Ditto Louis Vuitton’s lion-motif pendant chain which is feisty and fierce in equal measure. Splash out and team the pair if you dare.
ZODIAC NECKLACE, $249, SPELL AND THE GYPSY COLLECTIVE. SHOP NOW
LEOGRAM PENDANT NECKLACE, $2290, LOUIS VUITTON. SHOP NOW
FOR YOUR EARS: LOCAL ATTRACTION
We love an Australian accessory brand success story. Even better if the designers in question create lust-have pieces our fashion team legitimately wears on a weekly basis. Enter two of our current jewellery infatuations: well-known resin masters Dinosaur Designs, and relative newcomer Angelina Alvarez, who’s gathering a loyal following for her lavish oversized pieces. These blue resin hoops by Dinosaur designers Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy are a modern alternative to turquoise jewellery this summer. Alvarez’s rose-gold tassel earrings would work as well with ripped denim or a printed boho-style dress as a cocktail frock. Consider them both your new multitasking beach-holiday BFFs.
DINOSAUR DESIGNS, RESIN HOOP EARRINGS, $410. SHOP NOW
ANGELINA ALVAREZ, THE BATTINA TASSEL EARRINGS, $195. SHOP NOW
THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN THE SEPTEMBER EDITION OF GRAZIA AUSTRALIA.
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