Jewelry Trends 2012: Rock ’N’ Roll Spike Motifs

Posh a trendsetter? Without a doubt, but when the former Spice Girl stepped out for dinner one fateful night years ago in that golden pair of spiked, limited-edition, Christian Louboutin for Rodarte heels, even the couture-savvy Victoria Beckham might not have realized the stir she would create, essentially paving the way for spear-like motifs to move into the mainstream. Spikes then appeared in the ready-to-wear collections of Balmain and Burberry Prorsum, in the Joan Jett–esque hair stylings on models at Jean Paul Gaultier, and of course, jewelry designers followed suit. Spiky jewels are rendered using a number of offbeat gem and metal shapes, including inverted settings, which show stones sitting culet-up. They pay homage to urban living, minimalist architecture, tribal aesthetics, handbags and motorcycle jackets, and allow wearers to channel their inner rock star.

Devora Libin spike bracelet

Phoebe bracelet in hot pink, hand-woven macrame with gunemtal spikes and sterling silver accents; $85; Devora Libin

Jill Golden brass and crystal necklace

Laila necklace from the Isaro collection in brass with Swarovski and vintage crystals; $245; Jill Golden

Deepa Gurnani leather and crystal bracelet

Bracelet in leather with brass spikes and crystals; $298; Deepa Gurnani

Natalie Frigo Daggers and Wood necklace

Daggers and Wood necklace with old palm wood, lapis, and recycled brass; $300; Natalie Frigo

Old World Chain pyramid earrings

Pyramid earrings in 14k yellow gold; $325; Old World Chain

Zoe Chicco 14k gold bracelet

Baby Spikes bracelet in 14k gold; $695; Zoe Chicco

Majolie Collection 14k gold cuff

Spike cuff in 14k gold with 0.25 ct. t.w. diamonds; $1,725; Majolie Collections

Anita Ko gold band with spike effects

Band in 18k yellow gold with spike effects; $2,500; Anita Ko

Jeannie Hwang inverted-set diamond earrings in 14k gold

Nebula earrings in 14k white gold with 1.90 cts. t.w. inverted black diamonds; $3,500; Jeannie Hwang

Mizuki Icicle gold and diamond earrings

Icicle earrings in 18k yellow gold with 0.09 ct. t.w. diamonds; $3,950; Mizuki at Fragments

Karma el Khalil necklace with black diamonds

Spike pendant necklace in 18k rose and blackened gold with 0.54 ct. t.w. black diamonds; $5,500; Karma el Khalil

Christophe Danhier inverted-set diamond ring

Ring in 18k rose brushed gold with 5.60 cts. t.w. inverted black diamonds and 1.73 cts. t.w. inverted colorless diamonds; $16,000; Christophe Danhier