For all its unpredictability and angst, not to mention its domesticity, 2020 has been a surprisingly good year for diamond jewelry. With so many people eschewing travel and dining out, plenty of disposable dollars have been diverted to gifts of a more enduring nature. And what endures better than a precious jewel that adds a dash of elegance to an outfit, especially over a Zoom?
We wanted to know more about the diamond jewels shaping up to be the MVPs of the season, so we sought comment from a handful of our favorite tastemakers and trend forecasters (see below). They talked about personal, sentimental jewelry, with stylish diamond initial pieces leading the pack. They talked about the popularity of understated, earthy engagement rings as an alternative to classic white diamonds. They talked about the importance of distinguishing oneself on a video conference call.
But most of all, they talked about the tide of maximalism about to sweep over the jewelry industry: “We love the high-wattage necklace combined with luxurious knits,” style editor Will Kahn said on a Natural Diamond Council webinar discussing its 2020 holiday trend report.
We couldn’t agree more.
Diamond And Bright Color Combos
“People want things that are fun and joyful. ‘High-octane color’ is my favorite trend: It’s about pairing diamonds with something shiny and pretty, but it’s an enamel or ceramic that provides a splash of color and not another stone. We’re seeing it with a range of colors—diamonds with neon or pastels—you simply couldn’t get with gemstones. It lends diamonds a contemporary feeling.”
—Jill Newman, editor at large, Natural Diamond Council
“This holiday season, our focus is Zoom-friendly adornment (think neck and above): statement earrings and pendants that are versatile and wearable. This pair is one of my favorite examples of convertibility. They can be worn three different ways—both long, both as hoops, and one up, one down for an asymmetrical look—and can certainly be dressed up or down for any occasion, whether it be a black-tie gala or a family virtual gathering!
“I actually own them personally in rose gold and wore them to the 24 Karat dinner in January. Ah, the good ole days when we could have hundreds of people in one room!”
—Alexis Padis, marketing and operations manager, Padis Jewelry, San Francisco
Hoop There It Is
“Diamond hoops remain a no-fail holiday gift, from delicate huggies to statement stunners. There are a variety of ways designers are making them their own—I’ve seen squared-off silhouettes, diamond solitaires hanging from slim bands of gold, double-layer versions with dangling briolettes, front-facing orbs with rows of pavé. Hoops are the one thing everyone can agree on, even in this divided world!”
—Randi Molofsky, JCK jewelry director and cofounder of For Future Reference
“We feel that come this holiday season women are going to be pairing casual knits and T-shirts with more glamorous jewelry.
“Regardless of the current situation, this is how women are moving anyway: It’s not necessarily about the evening gown with the big diamond necklace—it’s the big diamond necklace with a T-shirt. The threshold is that it has to be one that has a presence, has a sense of scale, but the style can go in any direction.”
—Will Kahn, contributor at Town & Country, editor #willsnotebook
Classics With A Twist
“We are fortunate to be the South Bay’s exclusive retailer for Sylva & Cie. Our clients have become collectors of her one-of-a-kind, modern heirlooms—combining history with the present—and will definitely be adding some new pieces to their jewelry wardrobes this holiday season.
“Two examples of her artistic, inspired jewels are the Ten Table double wrap bracelet, set with old European diamonds, so named because you can see it 10 tables away, and the Satellite ring in rose gold with black diamonds.”
—Joni Hamilton, co-owner of Hamilton Butler Jewels, Hermosa Beach, Calif.
Top: Ten Table bracelet in 18k yellow gold and silver with 8 cts. t.w. European-cut diamonds, $48,750; Sylva & CieFollow JCK on Instagram: @jckmagazine
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