Add a Sophisticated Edge with Leather Jewelry

Pendants suspended upon knotted suede cords and snap-on bracelet-style leather cuffs have long been a mainstay of casual style and a student’s budget. This season, leather also appears as a component of jewelry with decidedly more sophistication and a higher level of refinement.

The November 2011 issue of InStyle suggests adding style to a workweek look by incorporating leather into one’s working wardrobe: “Make skins safe for the office by choosing unexpectedly feminine shapes, darker tones (bright shades might be too kooky), and refined textures. Even a single piece of leather jewelry will inject edge.” Featured jewelry consists of a leather and rose gold necklace from Vita Fede, and a crystal and resin bracelet with leather from Lia Sophia.

The holiday gift guide in the December 2011 issue of Allure features a crystal, silk, leather and chain necklace from Nektar De Stagni. The watches pictured are from Movado Bold by Chris Benz.

 A necklace of satin and leather from 3.1 Phillip Lim adds punch to a sporty ensemble in the November 2011 issue of Lucky. The model also wears a chronograph from Michael Kors that is obscured in the photo.

In the December 2011 issue of Elle, a short necklace with dual linear drops by Pilar Olaverri finishes a look with a classic white shirt. Worn peeking out from under the collar of the shirt, the necklace of silver, leather and wood adds interest and polish.

Leather lends itself beautifully to tassel designs, as seen in the leather and metal necklace, center, from Nugaard at Fragments that appears in a piece in the October 2011 issue of Real Simple. To the left is a brass necklace with vintage centerpiece from Lulu Front; to the right are pyrite and diamond earrings from The Woods for Chris Benz.

Elaborate woven leather bracelets from Giles & Brother are featured in a photo collage in the September 2011 issue of Marie Claire.  The necklace pictured is from A Peace Treaty.