Rich jewel tones, embellishments, layering, all-metal, large cuffs, bold statement necklaces, chandelier earrings and oversized cocktail rings are just a few of the jewelry trends happening this fall/winter season. Read on to find out more and to see if one of these trends will work for you.
Rich Coloring: Rich jewel tone colors such as cobalt, ruby, royal purple, emerald green and fuchsia are popping up everywhere this season on necklaces, rings and earrings. Black and gold, especially as a combination, are also hot colors this season.
Statement Necklaces: Dramatic statement necklaces with giant gems or oversized and abstract shapes are standout pieces this fall and winter. Wear with a plain, unembellished top and minimal to no additional jewelry. To draw extra attention to the necklace pull hair back or wear off the shoulders if it is long.Â Jill Golden Gracia Amethyst Necklace, $400.00 at shopbop.com
Cocktail Rings: Cocktail rings with giant stones or a grouping of stones (vintage, costume or real) almost never go out of style. For an updated version of this tired and true trend, opt for oversized rocks and abstract shapes. Try mixing textures too. A big ruby on top of a natural wood setting makes is unexpected and makes for an interesting piece.
Large Cuffs: Big metal cuffs of gold or bronze with big stones or jewels can easily punch up a subdued outfit. For a chic and elegant look try a gold cuff with black opals. To toughen up a look, get a leather cuff with silver or gold studs.Â Eddie Borgo leather cuff in matte silver, $240 at Barneys New York
Chandelier Earrings: Long chandelier earrings that graze the neck and skim collarbones look especially elegant and enticing in deep colors of topaz, garnet or ruby. For a truly of the moment look, opt for earrings with an Indian or exotic-theme.Â The 1928 Company, $32 at the 1928.com
Layering: Multi-strand necklaces in varying lengths of metal such as gold, silver and chrome are popping up everywhere this season. Wear mesh chain necklaces alone, or opt for ones embellished with additional pieces of metal in the form of medallions, exaggerated discs and abstract shapes. All-metal necklaces are chic, but multi-strand necklaces fastened with a strips of ribbon or silk make for an unexpected twist on the trend. Just make sure to pair it with a plain blouse or even just a t-shirt as these necklaces are stand alone pieces that can make the whole outfit.
New York & Company Bead Flower Necklace, $22.95 at New York & Company
Guarding the Jewels
Clean, care and travel tips for protecting your jewelry.
Do a cursory cleaning of your jewelry by wiping it off after each wearing to get rid of any excess make up or sweat that might be on it.
Remove rings and bracelets before cleaning or using products with even a hint of bleach. Bleach can cause metal alloys to breakdown, and ruin the metal. The chemicals in cleaning products can also cause diamonds and gems to discolor. If you don’t like to take off your jewelry, use rubber gloves.
For pearls, try to avoid scratching or wearing perfume as it can cause color change. Never soak pearls in water when cleaning as water can cause the string they’re on to stretch. Instead, rub each pearl individually with a slightly dampened cotton cloth.
To clean gold and silver, soak jewelry in warm water with a bit of mild dishwashing soap. Then gently scrub with a soft-bristle toothbrush and dry with a soft cloth.
If silver still looks tarnished after cleaning, use a silver-polishing cloth or a silver cleaning paste. Rub with a clean, soft cloth.
Soft stones like amber or opals can scratch easily and should be wrapped and stored separately from other jewelry to protect them.
Tougher stones like turquoise are low maintenance given that they can be washed in warm water, scrubbed gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush and left to air-dry.
When traveling, store jewelry in carry on luggage or a purse, something that will be with you at all times.
Jewelry cases are good for jewelry that doesn’t scratch easily, like beads or chain mail. However if you are carrying stones or gems, you should pack and store each item separately to avoid having pieces scratch each other.
To restore diamonds’ brilliance, soak for 20 minuted in a cup of warm water with a quarter cup of ammonia. Then like gold and silver, gently scrub with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Keep jewelry away from any sinks or drains to avoid having a sitcom-worthy moment of losing it to the sewage system.
To prevent long necklaces from getting tangled, take a small piece of cardboard and cut slits in both ends of the board. Then drape the necklace over the board placing one end through each of the slits to keep it in place.
Wear a minimum amount of jewelry when traveling so that you will have to take off less to go through security. The less you have to keep track of, the less likely you are to lose it.
Before traveling with valuable jewels, be sure to get them appraised and insured in the event they are lost of stolen. It helps to insure pieces individually as some homeowner’s insurance policies won’t cover the damage for lost or stolen jewelry. Some will only cover the jewelry if you can prove the incident happened within the home. So if you lost it while traveling, it’s not covered.