Another year gone, another look at the biggest aesthetic currents of the year. While the styles referred to on this list aren’t really new, that’s what makes them so great—they’ve proven strong enough to stand the test of time, showing up on trends lists for a good number of years.
But each of these styles, from the not-so-humble pearl to the alternate take on engagement rings, keeps growing in ways that are both unexpected and exciting. For this is an industry that never fails to keep creating, innovating, and celebrating the beauty of gemstones and design, and that is the best part.
Pearls Done Differently
Luxe collection earrings in 14k white gold with blue baroque akoya and white South Sea pearls and 1.5 cts. t.w. blue diamonds, $4,050; Little h
A classic strand of pearls, or a pair of stud earrings, is a staple of any retail store and perhaps even jewelry box, but pearls are so much more than just the prim-and-proper necessity these days. From the irresistible designs of Little h‘s Hisano Shepherd to the luxurious, red carpet–ready styles encrusted in diamonds, pearls were a big topic of interest this year—and will continue to be as the years pass.
Signature collection necklace in 18k yellow gold with black marbled agate, South Sea pearl, and 0.8 ct. t.w. diamonds, $11,870; Doryn Wallach
Perola ring in platinum with baroque pearl, 0.69 ct. t.w. Paraiba tourmaline, and 0.58 ct. t.w. diamonds, $24,000; Erica Courtney
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Halo ring in 14k rose gold with 1.18 ct. morganite and 0.13 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,485; Beverley K
Call it what you want—alternative, nontraditional, or simply, different—a departure from the classic diamond engagement ring was strong in 2017, and I imagine, will only continue to strengthen. Artisan styles and colored gemstones, natural diamonds and pretty-in-pink: There’s a pretty wide range of what’s considered suitable for an engagement ring these days. It’s rather exciting, I think!
Breakwater engagement set in 18k rose gold and yellow gold with 0.95 ct. rough-cut diamond center and 0.18 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,400–$2,600; Audrius Krulis
Three-stone ring in 18k white and rose gold with 0.55 ct. t.w. Argyle fancy pink diamonds and 0.31 ct. t.w. round brilliant diamonds, $29,950; Leibish & Co.
Molly engagement ring in palladium with 0.75 ct. t.w. diamonds, $7,500; Abby Sparks
Palm Desert necklace in 22k gold leaf, $298; Évocateur
An ever-present icon, flowers are always in favor, but 2017 saw them brighter and bigger than ever. It was Rihanna’s 2017 Met Gala ensemble—a fluttering, superfluous creation by Comme des Garçons—that remains the most memorable iteration of floral this year, and I appreciate blooming jewelry even more because of it.
Cascading flower earrings in titanium and 18k white gold with 23.45 cts. t.w. pink and yellow sapphires and 5.51 cts. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Andreoli
Giardini Segreti Haute Couture collection collar necklace with amethyst and diamonds, price on request; Pasquale Bruni
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Pea Pod ring in 18k rose gold with 3.3 cts. t.w. opal and 1.59 cts. t.w. diamonds, $6,300; Rock & Gems Jewelry
Okay, the presence of opal does not a trend make. But it’s a common thread year after year, and it just keeps getting better. No stone has come along—yet—that I find myself writing about (and coveting) more.
Assorted opal and gemstone rings; Omi Privé
Ring in platinum with 8.1. ct. black opal and 1.53 cts. t.w. diamonds, $45,000; Oscar Heyman
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All About Earrings
Calypso earrings in 18k rose gold with 12 mm–13 mm South Sea pearls, 3.07 cts. t.w. pink, yellow, and blue sapphires, and 2.35 cts. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Yoko London
Earrings were big this year—and I don’t just mean in popularity. Sizeable drops, generously circumferenced hoops, and long, shoulder-dusting lines of gems were everywhere from red carpet to retail. Like everything else on this list, I think these styles will still be going strong into the new year.
Adorn earring charms in 14k yellow gold with champagne diamonds, $500 (hoops sold separately, $150); Nina Nguyen
Earring jackets in 14k rose gold with pearls, yellow beryl, citrines, pink tourmaline, red garnets, and 0.13 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,575; Jane Taylor Jewelry
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Double Pyramid hoop earrings in rose gold with pink tourmaline, $4,500; Jacquie Aiche
Earrings in 18k black gold with 22 cts. t.w. tanzanite, 13 cts. t.w. sapphire, and 0.5 ct. t.w. diamonds, $15,000; Sutra (also at top)
Earrings in 18k white gold with yellow and white diamonds, $7,600; Butani