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Bold, 1980s-Inspired Gold Is Fall’s Hottest Ticket


It’s been dubbed the “Golden Forty-Year Rule.” Pop culture has a tendency to show its nostalgia for what happened, or is thought to have happened, 40 years ago—about the time when middle-age creatives start getting sentimental about their youth. And jewelry trends are a prime example.

Witness the current obsession with all things 1980s. To state what should be obvious to fine jewelers and their counterparts in the estate jewelry world, where circa-1980s Bulgari, Cartier, and Marina B designs are having a moment: The era of bold gold jewels, of Dallas and Dynasty power dressing, of unabashed consumerism is back!

Known for its unforgettable aesthetics, the period celebrated strong female characters (think Moonlighting’s Maddie Hayes and Working Girl’s Tess McGill)—which may explain why its jewelry made such a big statement.

Contemporary designers, drawn to the decade’s confident, voluminous styles, are reframing classic 1980s looks—bulbous hoop earrings, gold and gemstone rings, and chains galore—with 21st-century touches, such as pavé diamonds and scatterings of colored stones. For prime examples, see the 13 jewels featured below (and at top), all of which were shown at the jewelry shows in Las Vegas in June. We have no doubt you’ll agree that the designs are, like, totally radical.

ANANYA Scatter Diamond Gold Hoops
Scatter hoops in 18k gold with diamonds, price on request; Ananya
Anita Ko Zoe choker
Plain Zoe choker in 18k gold, $15,550; Anita Ko
Christina Alexiou Large Lunar Earrings
Large Lunar earrings in 18k gold with brown diamonds and pink sapphires, $14,850; Christina Alexiou 
Retrouvai yin and yang ring
Yin Yang ring in 14k gold with diamonds, $5,740; Retrouvaí
Mastoloni pearl and gold earrings
Diamond Festival earrings in 18k gold with freshwater pearls and diamonds, $2,750; Mastoloni
Royal Chain large gold hoops
14k gold textured hoop earrings, $670; Royal Chain
Mateo chain necklace
Secret Evil Eye link necklace in 14k gold with crystal quartz, blue sapphires, and diamonds, $19,950; Mateo
Doves yellow gold band
18k yellow gold ring with diamonds, $3,432; Doves by Doron Paloma
Brent Neale gold collar necklace
Rainbow sapphire dome collar in 18k gold with multicolored sapphires, price on request; Brent Neale
Graziela necklace
18k yellow gold and diamond necklace $23,950; Graziela
Almasika cuff bracelet
Universum cuff in 18k gold with diamonds, price on request; Almasika
Umrao earrings
Earrings in 18k gold with diamonds, $9,800; Umrao

Top: Eon earrings in 18k gold, $6,000; Vram

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By: Victoria Gomelsky

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