Jewels Just Wanna Have Fun

Are you in the mood to have some fun? I certainly am. I’m ready for something to make me smile, laugh, and—not to go all Marie Kondo on you, but—spark joy.

Brent Neale carnelian and turquoise mushroom pendant
Mushroom pendant in 18k yellow gold with carnelian and turquoise, $2,850; Brent Neale
Daniela Villegas Flamingo stud earring
Flamingo stud earring in 18k rose gold with South Sea pearl, 0.81 ct. sapphire, and 0.04 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,000; Daniela Villegas

Jewelry definitely does that, but often, especially when one works in the industry, it gets analyzed and interpreted, each detail an important factor in determining its true value.

And that makes a lot of sense. Particularly when it comes to high-end pieces, as a retailer and as an end consumer, you want to be sure you’re getting involved with materials—and subsequent finished goods—that are worthy of your money.


Uneek Heartstrings earrings
Heartstrings earrings in 18k white and rose gold with 31 cts. t.w. rhodolite garnets and 5.8 cts. t.w. diamonds, $82,200; Uneek Jewelry
Frederic Duclos Lollipop necklace
Lollipop necklace in sterling silver and gold plate, $108; Frédéric Duclos


Parade Design blue sapphire flower ring
Parade in Color flower ring in 18k white gold with 2.56 cts. t.w. sapphires and 0.26 ct. t.w. diamonds, $4,200; Parade Design
Belle Etoile Flower Garden pendant
Flower Garden pendant in sterling silver and enamel with CZ, $175; Belle Étoile

What I love most, though, regardless of how “nice” it is, is when you can see a piece of jewelry and just feel an instant smile come over you. You’re not appreciating how rare the gemstone is, how many carats of diamonds it holds, how fine its features appear. You’re just glad to see it, in all its whimsy or good-natured presence.

Ariel Gordon Candy Crush tennis bracelet
Candy Crush tennis bracelet in 14k yellow gold with 2.5 cts. t.w. garnets, amethysts, aquamarine, emeralds, rubies, peridot, sapphires, pink tourmaline, and citrine, $1,800; Ariel Gordon
Shunaya parrot necklace
Parrot pendant in 18k yellow gold and black rhodium–plated sterling silver, price on request; Shunaya
Tezer Fotos ring
Fotos ring in 14k yellow gold with diamond, price on request; Tezer
Ancarso multicolor necklace
Necklace in gold-plated silver with multicolor simulated pearls, price on request; Ancarso

And that’s not to say that the pieces featured here—ones that, to me, are just plain fun—don’t account for any of those superior qualities. Many are handcrafted by spectacularly talented designers and feature stones that even the most studious gemologist would go gaga for, created in fine metals that will stand the test of time. But I don’t need to think about or understand all of that to enjoy them, I just have to feel them work their magic on my mood. All of the rest—the good stuff that may justify their price, the materials you can be proud to have paid for—is just a bonus.

Top: Candy Crush earrings in 18k white gold with 6.89 cts. t.w. rubies, sapphires, and amethysts, and 1.82 cts. t.w. diamonds, $14,500; Vivaan

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