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Let’s Make the Anklet the Must-Have Jewel of Summer


If you think about it, there are many things that can pass for an anklet. Remember those yellow Livestrong bracelets of the early 2000s? I wore one on my ankle my freshman year of college, making some sort of fashion statement (or maybe just feeling good that a bracelet fit around my ankle?).

Jacquie Aiche anklet
Leaf shaker anklet in 14k rose gold with tourmaline and diamonds, $4,500; Jacquie Aiche
Viva Vida Danielle anklet
Danielle droplette anklet in 18k gold–plate with black onyx and sapphire beads, $85; Viva Vida

My point is, the look of a bejeweled ankle is somehow so striking, it’s almost an excuse to put anything there. Double up a necklace, pull on a stretchy beaded bracelet, use a scrunchie (that is a very weird one and yes, I have in fact seen it).

Jennifer Zeuner Astek anklet
Astek anklet in gold vermeil, $121; Jennifer Zeuner
Ellinas Treasures snake anklet
Wired snake anklet in gold-plated brass, €145 ($175); Ellina’s Treasures

And yet actual anklets, those pieces crafted specifically to be worn on the parts of our body that connect our feet with our legs, are some of the most charming pieces of jewelry we can buy.

Briony Raymond bracelet
Love & Light Sunrise bracelet in 14k yellow gold with turquoise and Ghanian Heishi beads, $1,250; Briony Raymond x Essence & Spark

Maybe it’s the novelty of the thing. The fact that they have a carefree feel, given they only typically come out with the sun and when the temperatures rise. Our ankles, no longer obstructed by the confines of long legwear (cough, sweatpants), are finally ready to get dolled up for their time in the light.

Lagos amethyst bead bracelet
Gemstone bead stretch bracelet in 18k yellow gold with amethyst, $450; Lagos
Carbon Hyde Lily anklet
Lily anklet in 14k yellow gold with 0.3 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,955; Carbon & Hyde

There’s something quite sensual about an ankle chain, though why that is I can’t quite put my finger on without sounding like someone with a foot fetish (and, if that were the case, certainly I’d be taking better care of my own feet). I think it’s just the way it makes us feel, like the part of the body that keeps us upright deserves to be adorned, to be celebrated. Even when pregnancy comes along and blurs the line between your feet and your legs (again, me). And actually, that’s all the more reason to adorn that particular body part.

Latelier Nawbar star bracelet
Star charm pendant on rope bracelet in 18k yellow gold with enamel and 0.01 ct. diamond, $185; L’Atelier Nawbar
Grace Lee pearl silk bracelet
Silk cord bracelet/anklet with 5 mm freshwater pearl, $138; Grace Lee

Anklets still aren’t necessarily jewelry store staples, not so obvious a category as bracelets or necklaces. But as more jewelers and designers offer them, I hope that can change (at least when the season is right). I’d even go so far as to say that, with the recent, refreshing gender fluidity of jewelry, men may opt to adorn their ankles, too, though I don’t find a gender-specific design to be necessary to afford that sort of wear.

Noor Shamma carneilan anklet
Suad Tramonto chain in 18k yellow gold with carnelian, $2,200; Noor Shamma
Established anklet
Thick chain anklet in yellow gold, $3,800; Established Jewelry
Bea Bongiasca bracelet
Fab single bracelet in 9k yellow gold and silver with rock crystal and enamel on leather cord, $630; Bea Bongiasca

Here are some of the latest and greatest—some made to be anklets, others that could flexibly fit the bill, all just right for that summery store display you’ve been waiting all winter to let shine.

Top: 5 Point anklet in 14k yellow gold with 4 mm turquoise, $575; Mateo

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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