2014 Summer Jewelry Trends
With the weather heating up and summer quickly approaching, it’s the perfect time to explore the season’s hottest jewelry trends. From the runway to the red carpet, here are looks that are making waves in the fashion world and are ideal to pair with any warm weather wardrobe.
Wildlife and Decorative Designs: Wildlife and decorative patterns grew a following in the 1960s. Some of the major houses like Cartier, David Webb and Van Cleef & Arpels have crafted animal pieces covered in diamonds. This year, they’re back and according to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), animal prints, like leopard, tiger and zebra motifs, as well as decorative designs such as paisleys, calligraphy, petals and leaves punctuate any summer look. Designer Roberto Cavalli incorporated this trend into his 2014 spring collection having his models wear Birds of Paradise necklaces down the runway.
Playful Pieces: The summer season encourages all of us to embrace our whimsical side. Mixing Japanese and streetwear influences, Marni Spring/Summer 2014 runway show highlighted playful elements in their collection. The models wore accessories featuring mini sunglasses, bows and perfume bottles pinned to strips of folded fabric. Playful pieces became popular in the Art Nouveau era. This period explored different types of jewelry motivated by the designer’s vision and introduced new gemstones.
Gold Jewelry: Whether purchased as an investment piece or just used to accessorize an everyday look, gold will always be a common closet staple and seasonal trend. Throughout history, gold has been treasured for its natural beauty and radiance and was popular among all areas of jewelry history, especially early Egyptian. Recently, gold has made a statement on the red carpet at the 2014 Met Gala. Dita Von Teese, who was joined on the carpet by designer Zac Posen, wore a Van Cleef & Arpels estate necklace from 1946 with diamonds, topaz, and enamel set in 18k yellow gold.
Cuffs: Cuff bracelets, which are prominent in Egyptian, Mayan and Incan history, have dominated the fashion shows this season. At Alexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer 2014 runway show, Creative Director Sarah Burton concentrated her collection on a cultural merge of African and early 20th century art and utilized metal headwear and stacks of cuff bracelets to accentuate it. Nina Ricci and Céline also used cuffs on the runway to highlight their designs.
Pearls: Throughout history, pearls have been among the most coveted. Most ancient civilizations, from the Chinese to the Aztecs, used pearls as personal adornments (Antique Jewelry University). Chanel’s 2014 Spring/Summer Collection is all about pearls! However, Chanel took a non-traditional approach to the conventional pearl necklace by using two giant pearls casually worn headphone-style around the model’s neck. Karl Lagerfeld, head designer and creative director at Chanel, explains, “My favorite thing is the new necklace like an earphone, it’s two huge pearls, but in fact it’s very flattering because the huge pearls give a beautiful light on the girl’s face.”
Chokers: Chokers date back to the Ancient Egyptians. This group of people favored a “broad collar” comprised of beads strung in vertical, parallel rows fashioned in a bib-like shape. At this year’s Met Gala, many celebrities embraced the high fashion look of chokers. Rihanna went sleek and sexy in a Stella McCartney cropped top with a floor-length skirt, but the focal point of her look was her on-trend, four carat diamond choker by Jacob & Co. This choker was made with several shapes of diamond including princess cut, emerald cut, pear shape, round cut and oval cut, all mounted on 18k white gold.
Retro Watches: Retro timepieces have recently been popular with both men and women alike. Retro jewelry is a style created between approximately 1935 and 1945. At the Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer fashion show, the company had the models adorn a new version of the Ralph Lauren 867 watch. Set on a thick black strap, the square watch face inspired by the design brand’s iconic Madison Avenue store, features retro-style numbering.
Art Deco: The Art Deco period is one of the most popular and enduring design periods in jewelry history. Pieces from this period are easily identifiable by their architectural patterns, straight lines and swirls within rectangles. Tiffany & Co. showcased the Art Deco period in their 2014 collection. Fashion icon and 2014 World’s Most Beautiful Women Lupita Nyong’o also donned an Art Deco inspired headpiece at the Met Gala.
Pastel Pieces: The Romans were first responsible for adding a good deal of color to jewelry using gemstones.Aquamarine, blue topaz, blue and pink sapphire, pink and green tourmaline, and peridot are among the most sought after this summer. Not to mention, the 2014 Color of the Year is radiant orchid, a beautiful purple hue.