Halloween in June: The Festive, Macabre, and Cute

This time every year—never fails—I start to long for autumn. It’s such clockwork that I bet if I were to flip back to my archives from a year ago, I would find myself writing a similar (if not exactly the same) line. I’m not sure if it’s the changing of the seasons (officially) from spring to summer, the sometimes-spooky thunderstorms, or the fact that there’s been a fall-like tinge to the weather right now, but I find myself planning a little Halloween in June.

Halloween itself isn’t even really that far away, if you consider how quickly the time seems to go (even IN quarantine). But who knows what the holiday will look like this year—I’m fairly certain it won’t be like any other—and what else are we doing at the moment but looking for new ways to enjoy our time at home, anyway?

Lydia Courteille rose and spider earrings
Rose earrings in 18k gold with white agate roses, peridot, and brown diamonds, price on request; Lydia Courteille

So while I plan my unseasonal festivities (perhaps we’ll carve a watermelon?), I’m keen to find new Halloween-esque jewels to celebrate my made-up holiday. Already percolating with the urge to light a pumpkin candle and power up a scary movie, I was moved by the Lauren Newton’s Secret Skull ring (pictured at top), which jumped from the page when I was browsing her website. A tiny skull appears to float behind a mesmerizing opal pear, in a setting that dips into a V framed by a trio of diamonds. It’s so yummy.

Marina B Alpena ring
Alpena ring in 18k yellow gold with 6.73 ct. brown tourmaline, 3.9 cts. t.w. citrine, 1 ct. t.w. onyx, 0.85 ct. t.w. yellow sapphires, and 0.82 ct. t.w. orange sapphires, $12,200; Marina B
Pamela Love serpent stud
Serpent stud earring in 14k yellow gold, $250; Pamela Love
K Mita Dreamy Dawn ring
Dreamy Dawn ring in 14k yellow gold with 2.42 ct. Ethiopian opal, 0.045 ct. green garnet, and 0.02 ct. diamond, $1,715; K.Mita Design

Which brings me to my main point: Spiders, skulls, snakes, pumpkin-like gems are all perfect candidates to rock all fall long, but they’re really, very compatible with any time of year. What in one month may be perceived as ghoulishly gorgeous may in another represent rebel chic, with nary a hint of All Hallow’s Eve.

Sofia Zakia Ghoul With a Heart of Gold pendant
Ghoul With a Heart of Gold pendant in 14k yellow gold with rubies, $675; Sofia Zakia
Karma El Khalil rutilated quartz Unicorn ring
Unicorn ring in 18k white gold with rutilated quartz, price on request; Karma El Khalil
Ana Katarina Eye See necklace
Eye See necklace in 18k yellow gold with blue agate cameo and 0.96 ct. t.w. diamonds, $8,590; Ana Katarina
Polly Wales Heloise ring
Heloise ring in 18k yellow gold with 3.35 cts. t.w. green, champagne, cognac, and white diamonds, $12,100; Polly Wales

So if you prefer to live in the moment and soak up the summer rather than forge an early fall (even for a day or two), never fear (or, if you’re into Halloween, maybe do fear!). Either way, these wonderfully wicked jewels are sure to be customer favorites all year long.

Top: Secret Skull ring in 18k yellow gold with opal and diamonds, $795; Lauren Newton

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