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Get Your Frills With Ruffled, Ribboned Jewels


First, transparency: I can’t remember for the life of me where I saw that frills were trending, but it struck enough of a chord for me to jot down a note.

It’s not out of thin air. Visiting some of my favorite online retailers for spring, I found light-as-air dresses with puffy, piled-high shoulders; flouncy, feminine blouses and dresses with ruffled collars, sleeves, and tiers; even some of the handbags and shoes have ruffles.

Nectar Nectar Flowing earrings
Flowing earrings plated in 18k yellow gold, $108; Nectar Nectar New York

Ruffled, frilled, and ribbony jewelry may be less abundant but is actually very of the moment. There’s a rising demand—and an equally rising supply—of sculptural silver jewelry à la Elsa Peretti: this collection by fine jewelry newcomer Kloto; a collection of rings by British designer Liv Luttrell; and a recent line from Aurate x Halston.

Chrissy Liu Three Rivers earrings
Three Rivers earrings in oxidized fine silver with 24k gold foil, $175; Chrissy Liu
Graziela petal ring
Ring in titanium with diamonds, $5,750; Graziela
Oblik Fork in the Road earrings
Fork in the Road earrings in 14k yellow gold–plated brass, $200; Oblik Atelier

The beauty of these styles lies in their ability to be so convincing in the absence of glitter. Even the most discerning gem hounds can be persuaded by bold metal, especially when it makes such a statement in the absence of diamonds or colored stones.

Anita Ko fan earrings
Double fan earrings in 18k rose gold, $2,625; Anita Ko

Styles like these are certainly metal heavy, so sterling silver or gold-plated varieties will serve the masses with gusto. There are gorgeous gold varieties, too, many of them more delicate, but with no less sculptured detail.

Elsie Frieda ribbon earrings
Ribbon earrings in sterling silver, $225; Elsie Frieda

And yet, some jewelers have done “more is more” with perfection, crafting ribbonlike styles with rich gemstones for irresistible jewels.

Mateo ribbon earrings
Ribbon earrings in 18k yellow gold with 3.42 cts. t.w. diamonds, $22,465; Mateo
Nak Armstrong ribbon ring
Double ruched ribbon ring in 20k rose gold with rubies and diamonds, $11,250; Nak Armstrong
Alison Nagasue ribbon bracelet
Bracelet in sterling silver with white topaz, $850; Alison Nagasue
Colette bow ring
Cross-finger bow ring in 18k black gold with gray and black diamonds, $8,160; Colette

Pair these with your puffy Seinfeld shirts, your flirty, frilly dresses, or a plain white tee—while fashion currently dictates a love for frills, these pieces are timeless.

Top: Ruffle Those Feathers earrings in 14k gold–plated brass, $250; Oblik Atelier

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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