2016 Spring Jewelry Trend – Statement Earrings
This spring season, the runways and red carpets are heating up with the newest fashion trend, statement earrings and shoulder dusters. Out are the days of minimal and delicate pieces. Today, we’re seeing bold and over-the-top danglers. The runway was the first to premiere this trend during Spring Fashion Week.
Co-founders of Rodarte and sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy designed their spring collection with inspiration from recognized English poets, like Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Emily Dickinson, alongside a 1970s glam vibe. These romantic, rocker chic pieces were enhanced with black and white lace, metallic details, sequins and long, flowy scarves. As far as accessories, Rodarte used antique inspired, shoulder-grazing chandelier earrings and floral headpieces both in silver and gold.
Fashion editors referred to Gucci’s collection as “the most anticipated” for the upcoming season. The models donned an eclectic mix of playful colors, patterns and transparent designs. The details included sequined birds and ladybugs, oversized glittery glasses, delicate ruffles and of course, multi-tiered hanging earrings. The earrings, most grazing the tops of the model’s shoulders, were bold to complement the rest of the collection while still making a statement on their own.
Alexander McQueen’s collection was filled with lace, florals and ruffles. Sarah Burton, creative director at the British fashion house, said she was inspired by the 17th-century silk weavers of Spitalfields, members of the Huguenot Protestant faith who fled religious persecution in France and settled in London’s East End. The pieces were accentuated with giant antique silver drop earrings encrusted in Swarovski crystals and synthetic pearls. Several of the drop earrings had fringe accents to complement the flowy nature of the collection.
At the 2016 Oscars last month, earrings were also big – from geometric to large drop to mismatched – each were adorned by A-list celebrities.
Best actress nominee Saoirse Ronan made the most newsworthy fashion statement, opting to wear two different Chopard earrings – one made of pearls and the other with 18.28-carats of emeralds, 5.74-carats of jadeites, both in 18-karat white gold. Another women that’s not scared to be bold is Lady Gaga. She stepped onto the red carpet in a pair of 90-carat emerald-cut diamond drop earrings from Lorraine Schwartz. Lastly, the award winning actress that never ceases to amaze, Cate Blanchett, wore drop earrings in platinum with marquise and round diamonds by Tiffany & Co. The earrings paired perfectly with her ornate Armani Privé seafoam green cap-sleeve mermaid gown.
A theme that was noticeable with earrings on both the runaway and red carpet is their influence from the past. With the latest resurgence in the popularity of antique jewelry, it’s not surprising that both designers and celebrities alike are driven to design and adorn pieces that garner inspiration from these treasured items. However, nothing is better than the beauty and authenticity of an original piece. Featured below are some phenomenal statement earrings from some of our internationally recognized antique jewelry dealers. Many of these pieces can be seen at our antique jewelry shows and each piece has its own story to be told.
Victorian shoulder sweep style earrings with woven gold beaded tassels and enamel shield-like plates with cobalt blue enamel, circa 1885 from Joden World Resources.
Pendant style Art Deco earrings with two kite shape diamonds, six navette shape diamonds eight European cut diamonds and two pear shape carved sapphires, circa 1930 from Bernard Nacht & Co.
1910’s Edwardian era earrings crafted in platinum and 18 karat yellow gold with cabochon sapphires from Excalibur.
Art Deco onyx and diamond earrings in platinum by Linz from Pat Saling.
For more on our antique jewelry exhibitors and shows held throughout the year, visit USAntiqueShows.com.