Top 5 Jewellery Trends for 2021
Back to the 90s
Yes, dainty gold jewels and chains have reigned supreme on Insta and beyond for what feels like an eternity. However, expect the tides to turn with more gender-neutral, utilitarian-inspired looks. And, yes: way.more.silver. Did you wear it in the 90s? Could Kate Moss have worn it on the cover of i-D mag? It’s baaaaaaack. Think thicker chains in both silver and "Italian glam" gold, matte textures, carving and embossing, locks, chunky clasps and even a sprinkling of black enamel and gems, such as jet, onyx and black Diamonds. Now, where did you put those Doc Martins…
Line Necklaces and Bracelets
While we doubt pendants, medallions and charms are going anywhere too soon, more balanced “line” styles and traditional rivières are popping back up on our radar in a big way. French for river, a rivière-style necklace is the most traditional take on the look, with same-sized or graduated gems being set evenly-spaced all around your neck (hello, Lady Bridgerton.) Later known as a line necklace or bracelet, the style re-emerged in the 70s and 80s when wearing more contemporary jewellery with jeans and a tee became common fare, and wearing jewels in general was considered much less precious than in decades past. Of course, line bracelets really came into their own when they were reinvented as “tennis bracelets” around the same time. The term was famously coined when Grand Slam Champ Chris Evert stopped play during one of her matches at the US Open to look for her Gold and Diamond bracelet, which had flown off mid-game. Some say she called out "My tennis bracelet!" when the jewel flew off, but the new moniker could have just as easily been created by the public who soon became besotted with the style, which worked perfectly with the luxe, designer sportswear looks of the day.
Three Stone Rings
One of our recent engagement ring trends, three stone rings continue to steal the spotlight away from the reign of halos, which have been the must-have ring style in recent years. The look is easily inspired, at least in-part, by Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex’s Diamond three-stone engagement ring gifted to her by Prince Harry. The look is classic, luxurious, and finger-filling, making it perfect for any ring of your dreams, including cocktail and right-hand rings. While all-Diamond styles and coloured centre stones with Diamonds are a no-brainer for this look, we predict multi-coloured designs, all-gemstone looks in Sapphires, Rubies, Emeralds and Pearls etc., as well as one-of-a-kind styles such as classic birthstone and family rings to make a comeback, as well.
Eternity bands have become highly sought-after as a very plush look for wedding and anniversary bands, and even refined engagement rings. While we expect this classic approach to remain in demand for the foreseeable future, expect the unexpected this year with this potentially very versatile style, including bands which feature various gemstone cuts, more colour and more unique mix-and-match styles. Ombré Sapphire eternity bands or rainbow Tourmaline rings, anyone? Anything goes!
Diamond studs. Pearls. Hoops. All classic looks which will live forever in your jewellery box and never, ever go out of style. This year, however, we predict a slight mutiny from our ears, which will demand bigger, brighter gemstone earrings in the shape of classic, wearable studs, but also a return of dazzling chandelier earrings and more dramatic styles à la the red carpets of the 1980s and early 2000s. And what’s more: your ears want a look all their own, i.e. wearing different styles in different shapes and colours in each ear to better play up your personality or even tell a story (such as a birthstone for each the bride and groom on your wedding day, perhaps.)