Big jewelry sporting lots of semi-precious stones in colorful combinations was all the rage in the ’40s, and the re-emergence of the trend is an excellent opportunity to combine vintage rings, long strands of cultured pearls and oversized brooches with contemporary clothing. To complement their wedding attire, even brides are eschewing classic and dainty in favor of bold accessories or oversized heirlooms. If actual vintage pieces prove elusive, fear not; reproductions are plentiful.
Chandelier earrings, far from fading out of the fashion scene, have only gotten bigger – some right down to the shoulder. As jewelers realize that the style has stuck, elaborate designs of intricate metalwork and gemstones have carried chandeliers into the fine jewelry arena.
Clothing trends that emphasize big open spaces across the neck have dovetailed perfectly with chunky chokers and multi-strand necklaces that lay on the chest like artwork. Pendant necklaces now feature three or more linked or clustered stones, and chokers may boast up to six strands of gems. While chandeliers effectively act as layered pieces for the ears, layering on the arms and neck means wearing several bracelets or necklaces at once. Necklaces down to the navel are also in vogue.
On the wrists, bracelets – which for years were no bolder than a bangle – have grown exponentially more edgy, yet elegant. Three- and four-inch cuffs – jewel-encrusted or embossed – are routinely worn above the elbow, or even two at a time, Wonder Woman-style. And oversized rings boasting big semi-precious color aren’t just for cocktails anymore; their sophisticated sparkle is appropriate at all hours. When bold pieces take center stage, clothing and other jewelry become mere accents. In fact, it’s not unheard of to forgo all other jewelry in favor of one stunning selection. Choose the jewelry that speaks to you and allow it to be the centerpiece of your outfit. Opt for simple clothing that shows it off to its most brilliant advantage.