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JCK’s 10 Most-Read Style and Design Stories of 2022


Below, we list the year’s most-read style and design stories, culminating with a piece on a certain grandmotherly trend that took many of us by surprise (at least those of us not on TikTok). Drumroll, please!

10. A Closer Look at That Bulova Watch in ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ 

By Amy Elliott

The Queens Gambit Beth Harmon Bulova watch
Anya Taylor-Joy in The Queen’s Gambit (photo: courtesy of Netflix/© 2020)

9. How to Collect Antique and Vintage Jewelry, According to Experts 

Fox Bond antique ring
Antique Edwardian ring in platinum with baroque pearl and 0.03 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,155; Fox & Bond

Where does one begin when starting their own collection? We turned to experts in the field—vintage curator Jill Heller; the founder and designer of Haute Victoire, Yasmina Benazzou; the cofounders of Fox & Bond, Blair Fox and Sunny Bond; and Danielle Sherman of Sherman Field—to find out. Read the story.

8. Montana Sapphire Is the Sleeper Hit of the Summer 

Ellie Lee Marigold Montana sapphire ring
Marigold ring in 14k yellow gold with oval rose-cut Montana sapphire and 0.08 ct. t.w. champagne diamonds, $1,200; Ellie Lee Jewelry

Montana sapphire was the gemstone trend that quietly dominated JCK Las Vegas in 2022. It wasn’t necessarily that many brands had mega collections dedicated to them, it was that many, many brands had at least some. Tally all that up, and it became the gemstone everyone was talking about—even if they weren’t shouting it. Read the story.

7. Remembering Terry Castro, Celebrated Jewelry Designer Of Castro NYC 

Terry Castro
Terry Castro, the founder of Castro NYC jewelry, died July 18. He was considered a brilliant artist and a lively, warm, and committed friend to those who knew him (photo: Simon Groneberg/courtesy of Sotheby’s)

The jewelry industry lost one of its most talented and charismatic designers in July, when the Istanbul-based Castro died of a heart attack at age 50. We spoke to a cross-section of people familiar with his work, and they all agreed on one thing: “He was an alchemist whose spirit, talent, and vision can never be matched,” as designer Maura Green told us. Read the story.

6. Which Jewels Will The Queen Wear During Her Platinum Jubilee? 

Ruby and diamond suite
Necklace, bracelet, and drop earring suite in 18k white gold with 54.9 cts. t.w. Burmese rubies and 39 cts. t.w. fancy diamonds, $188,000; Lang Antiques

Royal mania kicked into high gear in advance of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee in early June. Would she choose antique pieces inherited from past monarchs or modern pieces gifted by foreign governments, famous dignitaries, fundraising societies, and her own family and loved ones? JCK helped stoke the interest. Read the story.

5. The Top 5 Color and Gemstone Trends Spotted in Las Vegas 

Suzanne Kalan pearl and gemstone ring
Ring in 18k yellow gold with 16 mm round gray pearl, 5.37 cts. t.w. yellow sapphire baguettes, and 0.6 ct. t.w. round white diamonds, $12,000; Suzanne Kalan

In the weeks following JCK Las Vegas, we took stock of the most important color and gemstone trends to rule Jewelry Week. Read the story.

4. The 3-Stone Ring Gets A Modern Makeover 

Brent Neale 3 stone ring
One-of-a-kind ring in 18k yellow gold with diamond, pink spinel, and orange sapphire, price on request; Brent Neale

Young, modern designers are taking the traditional three-stone style and spinning it in a variety of ways that, while still touching on the classic silhouette, represent one heck of a modern glow-up. Read the story.

3. 2022 Oscar Jewelry: We Pick The Winning Looks 

By Melissa Rose Bernardo

Zendaya 2022 Oscars
We think Zendaya is smiling because she’s wearing so much Bulgari jewelry. We certainly would be! (photo: Michael Baker/A.M.P.A.S.)

Not including The Slap, the only thing at the Oscars we couldn’t stop thinking about was the fashion. And while it was a night of red dresses and mostly white diamonds, we gave props to the stars (and stylists) who managed to put their own twists on some timeless looks or come out with something really daring. And, of course, to the men who brought plenty of their own bling. Read the story.

2. 2022 Met Gala Jewelry: Who Did Gilded Glamour Proud? 

Blake Lively 2022 Met Gala
Behold, the queen of the Met. No one could outshine Blake Lively, one of the night’s cochairs, resplendent in a custom Versace gown (copper and green to evoke the Statue of Liberty), and jewels by her longtime collaborator Lorraine Schwartz. Lively’s tiara combined roughly 100 cts. t.w. nude and bronze diamonds and paraiba tourmaline. The earrings featured 90 cts. of nude diamonds and fan-shape mint-green Colombian emeralds (photo: James Devaney/GC Images).

Clearly many of the attendees at May’s Met Gala didn’t look up the meaning of “gilded glamour” dress code. (Why so many see-through black gowns? Why?) Here are the ones who got it right, came very close, or at least put their own really fabulous spin on gilded glamour. Read the story.

1. Here’s What the Coastal Grandmother Trend Means for Jewelry 

Camilla Seretti pearl necklace
Camilla Seretti’s Taormina keshi pearl necklace is a stylish way to add some coastal grandmother vibes to an everyday outfit, like your favorite crisp white shirt and cardigan ($488). 

Like most trends of late, the “coastal grandmother” look started on TikTok and exploded into fashion, interior design, and, naturally, jewelry. Comfy, beachy, and classic, the aesthetic is based on florals, neutral colors, easy-to-wear shapes, and longtime favorites such as pearls and yellow gold. Read the story.

Top: This Camilla Seretti Tsen wrap pearl bracelet ($368) shows how people are wearing the coastal grandmother style by blending classic pieces that feature gold and pearls, says designer Sahar Manley (photos courtesy of Camilla Seretti). 

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By: Victoria Gomelsky

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