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Bold 1980’s earrings are back, in a BIG way.

Long-time JCK contributor Randi Molofsky, says it best: “Big is definitely better when it comes to these statement stunners, whether it’s a single ear dangle, polished gold door-knockers, or larger-than-life hoops.

Unexpected pops of colour

Long associated with antique jewelry—and difficult, fragile techniques such as plique-à-jour—enamel gets a modern spin in the coming year with jewels featuring bold colors and simple stripes and solids, says Molofsky, adding: “Used as accents for rich yellow gold, this ancient technique is new all over again.”

Pearls explode!

The headline above is taken directly from an email from Marie Helene Morrow, of Puerto Rico’s influential: Reinhold Jewellers, who sees some of the most cutting-edge designs the industry has to offer.

Bonanno agrees: Battling pearls’ matronly image, “designers are pushing themselves to find an edgy way to wear these gemstones. With some of the envelope-pushing designers giving us pearls in their most recent collections, I’d say they’re winning the war!”

Charm necklaces are the new collectible jewelry

Charm bracelets are so 2005. “People are distinguishing their individuality on a necklace,” Bonanno says. “An added charm or two to any chain immediately tells your story. It’s also a way to wear several different designers’ works on one piece.”

Have a heart

Like a lot of women, I’ve resisted heart-shape jewelry because, well, it smacks of little girls. To my chagrin, the market has failed to introduce heart designs that feel sophisticated enough for big girls to wear with pride. Until now. “The style is suddenly back and has transcended its cheesy connotation,” Molofsky says. “Whether [with] heart-shape diamonds and colored gems or pavé-set motifs, love will find a way.”

Geometry class is back in session

It’s difficult to say why tastes in stone shape vary year to year, but you know they do. The year ahead feels angular, as opposed to curvy and round, and that feeling plays out in stone silhouettes.

“Facets are fine, but this year’s interest is all about the shape—specifically, sharp angles like hexagons, octagons, rhombi, and trapezoids,” Molofsky says. “Sparkle becomes nearly secondary, especially when set in yellow gold bezels.”

Minimalism Redux

If you haven’t heard of Marie Kondo and her 2014 anti-clutter manifesto, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, you’re in the minority. Her philosophy—that unexpected joy comes with streamlining your life—articulates one of 2017’s biggest lifestyle trends, and you can expect the jewelry sector to reflect it.

Lightness—manifested both as a white color palette and in terms of weight (or lack thereof)—will come to the fore this year as one way to embrace the new minimalism. 

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