The holidays are here, and it’s time to bring on the bling! This season is seeing a whole new set of trends, along with a few tried and true classics that seem here to stay.
Ready to dive into some holiday heavy metal? Let’s get to the lists!
PEARLS OF WISDOM
Not since the 80s have we seen this little “gemstone that’s not a stone” rise to such popularity. Pearls are everywhere this season, but with all kinds of fresh takes on how to wear them. They’re showing up in unabashed volume and sizes. Gone is the requirement that they need to be identically round and perfect, though of course all sizes are welcome. Expect to see natural irregularities sitting side by side with their perfectly spherical counterparts.
Showing off a perfect example of the beauty of a pearl in any form, the ‘pearl stick’ is one of the biggest trending items for the holiday.
How about a little half and half? This ultramod take on the simple pearl bracelet is what you need to freshen up your wardrobe.
Whether they are ovoid, curved, pinched or lumpy, Baroque pearls are having their time in the spotlight. Since each one has an imperfectly individual shape, you could say these lovelies have become the 2021 gem we can all embrace.
Two perfectly imperfect little keshi pearls take this simple designed ring to next level chic.
Calling all asymmetrical earring lovers! Give your lobes an unexpected play on pearls with this unique styled long and short duo.
They are large and in charge, and have already established themselves on everything from purse straps, to shoes, to apparel, to…of course, jewelry. Chunky chains are here to stay for the holidays. By far and away, the metal of choice continues to be Gold, however designers have been experimenting with various other options. Look for big links and go from there, from metals to Lucite, the choices are yours.
Daring enough to wear heavy links on your finger? For sure you are when it looks as good as this!
One of our favorite new areas of real estate to wear the chunky look? At the ankle. What better way to complement those fab holiday shoes…
A charming chunky bracelet, courtesy of the new season from Jacquemus.
Proof that it isn’t all about the metals, this hot pink acetate necklace is the only statement piece your neck needs.
Why let your neck and wrists have all the fun? Add some chains to your lobes and get your chunk on.
Maybe it’s all the sheltering-in-place, but this season we’re coveting big bursts of color. Multi-colored gemstones are instantly eye-catching, and it’s impossible to be in a bad mood when you wear them. This holiday season, be your own badass rainbow!
Here’s a fun, delicate tennis bracelet that Roy G Biv would be proud of.
Mix-and-match gem colors wrap a rainbow around your finger.
Nina, Sofie Drop Earrings $15.20
Fun and nicely priced, these little CZ earrings give a ton of color pop to your lobes.
Rachel Glauber, 14k Plated CZ Ring $39.99 (reg. $192)
With so many different colors packed into this ring, it’s certain to match anything in your wardrobe.
Nina, Nirvana Watermelon Necklace $26 (reg. $65)
This single watermelon crystal holds almost an entire rainbow in and of itself.
A seeming contradiction in terms? This season designers are taking Punk and ‘haute-ing’ it up. Spikes and dark metals are going fashion forward when paired with lux ingredients.
There’s just something fantastic about a precious metal gone bad. These wholesome-looking earrings get an entirely new look, just by going a little dark side…
Sweet and strong, all in one. This black and white crystal bracelet by Nina captures the haute punk look perfectly.
A sophisticated take on punk’s other iconic accessory – the spike. This beauty will look just as amazing with your holiday dress as it will with your jeans & tees.
Leave it to Alexander McQueen to make skulls sexy…
A little punky and a whole lotta funky, this bracelet from Nicole Miller gives a twist on this season’s obsession with all things charm.
This trend hit the runways as early as late summer and hasn’t lost a step since. Shoulder grazing (sometimes even below the shoulder) statement earrings can be delicate or brash, but never go unnoticed. While the runways embraced some truly extreme versions, this holiday we are focusing more on the substance versus the size…
Like falling leaves…if leaves were gorgeous crystals.
How faux can you go? At over 4 inches long, these shoulder dusters from Simone Rocha can answer that question.
Dreamy, dreamy aquamarine-y. These thin drop earrings are the perfect spot of sparkle.
Statement earrings this holiday season aren’t just about the drops. Embrace your playful side and be chic with these totally tubular large earrings by TOUS. Fans of the brand will immediately recognize the iconic TOUS Teddy Bear.
We saved the longest for last. This shoulder draping beaded beauty from Jessie Western is the cure for your long draping addiction.
Molten metals never looked so good this year as they do with the textured metal trend. Rippled to give the effect of liquid movement, their shapes run the gamut from undulating organic to hammered and distressed. This trend looks especially interesting when combined with structured apparel and/or rich fabrics. Ideally suited for all those holiday outfits.
Like sheaths of gold leaf applied to flower petals, this bracelet appears as a delicate creature and is sure to catch the eye of those around you whenever you wear it.
Like liquid gold streaming down from your ear, this mismatched earring set will shine with every move you make.
Wrapping around not one, but two fingers, this double ring by Alexander McQueen is the definition of sculptural.
Sacchi, Mix & Match Necklace $25.99
The only conversation piece your neck will need.
Liquid silver and dark freshwater pearls coalesce together into a work of art for your wrist.
As the name implies, this trend is inspired by classic 1950s French couture, but (as the name also implies) with a new twist. Cameos, mixed stones, tasseled earrings, and delicate layers of gold and pearls, plus just a hint or two of Edwardian frivolity. Everything about this trend lends itself to great pairings with this season’s holiday looks.
This classic medallion + chain is ideally suited for layering.
Nina, Camora Earring $39.20
Definitely a show-stopper for the rose gold lover. A great holiday jewelry piece.
Remember we said “with a twist”? Everything about the design of this ring would put it right at home with traditional Parisian looks…but the dark stone gives it a little goth.
Brimming with vintage delight, this semi-rigid bracelet boasts 18kt yellow gold with amethyst, ruby, peridot, topaz, citrine, pink opal, iolite, pink sapphire and chalcedony. It’s an apex investment piece.
Give your lovely locks a touch of Edwardian elegance.
While certainly not the new kid on the block, the many fans of this trend continue to inspire us with different interpretations and styles. Let’s be clear, Minimalistic modern does not mean boring. It’s a silhouette that focuses on clean lines and small details that entice your eye to come in for a closer look.
Big visual interest at a modest size? These cuffs display this aesthetic perfectly.
A piece of modern sculpture…for your finger.
A fantastic modern take on the cuff bracelet and at an amazing price.
Think of this as the Minimalist Modern gal goes punk. Echoing the look of industrial materials, these drop earrings streamline the form into something else entirely.
Another misconception about Minimalist is that it has to be cold. While sleek can sometimes come across that way, injecting a little joy, like this adorable gold bear, is still trim and elegant…just with more fun!
HANDBAG AS A NECKLACE
It’s been called the Purse Necklace, the Necklace Bag and even the Coin Purse Necklace. And while we may not be able to agree on its name per se…designers, celebrities and influencers all over have certainly embraced the look. The trend may not be for everyone, but there’s no shortage of looks to suit many tastes…
This tiny number is a great gateway option if you’re looking to try out this trend. Its chunky chain will feel like your favorite statement necklace.
This version really embraces the ‘phone bag’ option of the designs we’ve seen. The top clasp makes for easy entry without too much fuss.
Like a gorgeous pearl necklace, but with storage benefits!
Carrying the concept of the unisex design, this version by Parisian brand The Kooples, looks handsome enough you may be fighting your boyfriend over it.
Leave it to Zac Posen to breathe some big feminine flower power into such a tiny package. Simply adorable!