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Get Weaving With Timeless (But Trending!) Braid Jewels


As new spring fashions hit the shelves, there’s no denying the bohemian aesthetic that appears as a common denominator, in a range of price points and brands.

Couple that with the past year or two’s “cottagecore” and arts-and-crafts style, and there’s one bit of detailed jewelry that could be perfect all around: the braid.

Metalicious braided rose gold wedding band
Braided wedding band in 14k recycled rose gold, $1,066; Metalicious

There’s something about the braided detail that has it running rampant in men’s wedding bands, but it’s everywhere if you look. It rides trend waves, well, because it’s flexible, and because of that, it’s rather timeless too.

Valery Brinda Chapter XII bracelet
Chapter XII bracelet in 18k yellow gold with 0.56 ct. t.w. diamonds, $12,950; Valery Brinda
Oblik Atelier Braid cuff
Braid cuff bracelet in gold-plated brass, $360; Oblik Atelier

Take now, for example. We’re loving the sculptural metal creations, the likes of which have been shared here on JCK over the last year or so. Braided texture fits that description well, offering beautiful detail often only in metal (that is, no gemstones).

Platinum Born Tapestry necklace
Tapestry necklace in platinum, $4,550–$8,400 (sizes in small, medium, and large); Platinum Born
Bondeye Jewelry vintage chain
Vintage chain in 14k yellow gold, $1,275; Bondeye Jewelry
Kate Winternitz Joelle necklace
Joelle necklace in 14k gold fill, sterling silver, and vermeil with akoya pearl, $130; Kate Winternitz Jewelry

There’s also the big demand for chain necklaces—know what type of chain looks cool? A braided one! You can also find braids in hoop earrings, stack-worthy bands, bracelets, and more.

Toktam Dancers earrings
Dancers earrings in 18k yellow gold, $1,633; Toktam

On the topic of rings, we’re definitely feeling a “more is more” mood after the showstopping red carpet jewels from recent awards shows. Multiple celebs went with a fistful of cocktail rings, and that kind of jewelry power cannot be denied.

Naomi Tracz Plait silver ring
Plait ring in sterling silver, £60 ($80); Naomi Tracz Jewellery

Still, there’s something to be said for the simple beauty of a bare hand with one delicate band. After a season or two of ring maximalism, it’s bound to be refreshing. In the meantime, many bands like some of the ones pictured here are would sit beautifully atop even the biggest rings.

Jewelry with braided detail—wheat, woven, plaits—is both trendy and timeless, old and new. Antique seekers will delight in their findings of the sort, but those with a heart for modern styles should be pleased too.

Top: Wheat band in 14k yellow gold, $650; Shahla Karimi

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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