12 Jewelry Trends for 2016: 12 Whimsical Jewels to Covet

Don’t take yourself—or your fine jewelry—too seriously

The annual list of 12 Jewelry Trends for 2016 serves as a guideline for store purchases in the new year, highlighting pieces and materials trending now, based on the clothing, color, red carpet, and real-life influences at work in the market. Whimsical designs are the seventh trend on the list. Here are 12 new pieces for retailers to consider stocking.

Whimsical designs. Think Alison Lou’s cheeky faces, Nora Kogan’s cutesy word jewels, and even rainbow color combinations. Whimsy is here to stay—and will help change consumers’ view of jewelry stores as stodgy and unapproachable.


Emoji bracelet in 14k gold vermeil and gold fill with acrylic beads, $86; Ryan Porter


?Little Cities Mermaid necklace in silver, $148; Alex Woo


Cavity earring in silver with black rhodium and 0.1 ct. t.w. diamonds, $240 for one; Slight Jewelry


Bossy necklace in silver, $300; Wendy Brandes


Flying Pig necklace in 18k gold vermeil, $498; Stuller


Tru Love Hashtag ID necklace in 14k gold, $500; Zoë Chicco


The Big Sleep Face pendant necklace in palladium, $675; Alex Sepkus


XOXO necklace in 14k gold with 0.19 ct. t.w. diamonds, $899; Meira T


LOVE cuff ring in 14K Strawberry Gold with .07 ct. t.w. Chocolate and Vanilla diamonds, $1,075; Le Vian


Stand Out ring in 18k gold, $1,450; Julie Lamb


Snake ring in 18k gold with 2.24 cts. t.w. blue sapphires, 1.03 ct. cushion-cut diamond, and 0.01 ct. t.w. diamonds, $10,629; Yael Designs


Squirrel ring in 14k gold with 4.18 cts. t.w. black and brown diamonds and 0.47 ct. t.w. pink sapphires, $12,645; Effy

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