The Sea Interpreted in Jewels

The March 2012 issue of Marie Claire posits, “Perhaps in response to the recent craze for scuba-style separates, designers plunge to new depths for spring. . . . Across every collection, sea horses, mermaids, and jellyfish frolic. This season, the place to be is in an octopus’s garden. . . .”

Among the extraordinary garments and accessories pictured in the March issue of Marie Claire are a seahorse brooch from Henri J. Sillam and a pink jellyfish brooch from Van Cleef & Arpels. A pair of sunglasses from Mercura NYC is so embellished as to constitute jewelry in its own right. The shell pictured is from Verdura; I presume it is also a brooch.

A lobster-claw link necklace from Dior is also featured in the March 2012 issue of Marie Claire

. . . as is a shark-tooth pendant from Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci. The shell-like object to the left is actually a pearl resin clutch from Chanel.

The March 2012 issue of Elle links the sea theme with the ballet Swan Lake, highlighting a “pearl ring in old gold” from Alexander McQueen. The Chanel pearl resin clutch appears to the right.

An ad for Versace jewelry in the March 2012 issue of Vogue includes a starfish-shaped ring.  

In its April 2012 Jewelry Guide, Elle accessorizes the “Free Bird” style personality with shark tooth-motif jewelry: “Picked up in vintage shops or on far-flung travels, these objets trouves are key to her exotic appeal.” Pictured are a rose gold and diamond ring from Anita Ko; a Fallon silver-plate bracelet; a “pearl bead and shark’s tooth necklace” from Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci; a “fossilized shark tooth” and diamond bracelet from Dezso by Sara Beltran; a pave diamond necklace from Finn, and a silver-plated necklace from A Peace Treaty. The exotic style personality also has in her jewelry box wooden jewelry, coral and turquoise, evil eye motifs, long earrings, friendship bracelets and, as her dream acquisition, a snake-design jewel from Boucheron.

The April 2012 issue of Marie Claire takes a sporty view of the sea, focusing on the surf: “Make waves in shadowy palm-tree prints and psychedelic sun-soaked accessories.” Featured are a pair of cuffs from Sibilia; shark’s tooth earrings from Elisa Solomon Jewelry; a palm tree motif pendant necklace from Mountains and Clouds; and a vividly hued watch from La Mer Collections.

The colors of the sea are the focus of the May 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar: “The next wave of nautical chic makes a splash in deep oceanic hues.” Vivid blues and greens mix with white in a selection of featured fashion items, including a pair of white drop earrings from Vionnet and a bright pendant necklace from Lanvin.

A seashell-adorned necklace from Judy Geib Plus Alpha accents a sporty look from the May 2012 issue of Glamour. The model also wears earrings and bracelets from Monique Pean. The model’s jacket is from Rag & Bone; her top from Isabel Marant; Roxi bikini; Summer Bummer leggings and bag from Bottega Veneta.

The May 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar looks to coral to “enrich any ensemble,” specifically for the woman over 60. The featured jewelry consists of a coral necklace from Mish and a coral and diamond ring from David Webb. On the same page of the magazine, layered neutrals are recommended for women in their 50s. The featured jewelry for the neutral theme consists of a multi-layered necklace from Lizzie Fortunato Jewels, earrings from Pamela Love, and a pair of square bangles from Donna Karan New York.

The surf is the focus of a fashion spread in the May 2012 issue of Elle: “Make waves in wetsuit-inspired separates, acid-hue accents, and hang-ten accessories.” The model wears a huge silver shark-tooth necklace from Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci; Lucite drop earrings from House of Lavande; a beaded blue silk knot bracelet from Ariel Gordon Jewelry; and a woven Mexican bracelet from Dezso by Sara Beltran. Not quite surfer-friendly is the shark-jaw shaped gold-plated brass cuff from Tom Binns Design.