The adjectives sharp and spiky conjure innumerable images: Barbed wire. Medieval daggers. Stiletto heels. Silver studs on a biker jacket.
The tough-luxe look has been going strong for a while now, with fine jewelry playing an important role in driving it home. Among many jewelry designers, the trend of late has taken the form of a spike motif meant to convey a certain edginess; its sister motif, the dagger (or vampire stake as the case may be) has also become dangerously, irresistibly chic.
Inverted triangle shapes have tribal appeal (and look shard-of-glass sharp when lavished with pavé diamonds) while pointy pyramids lend their form to everything from dainty stud earrings to the tips of a rose gold bangle bracelet.
Whether perfectly conical (like a thorn shot on a macro lens) or needle-fine (like cactus spines), the spiky designs below are a cut above. En garde!
V Collection with white diamonds, emeralds, and black enamel in 18k white gold, price upon request; Nikos Koulis
Pyramid Dagger earrings with pavé diamonds in 18k rose gold, $17,000; Established
Stingray Pendant with diamonds in 14k rose gold, $2,980; Elisabeth Bell
Diamond Double Spike Stud in 18k white gold, $3,180; Borgioni
F&B Spike Stud Earring in 14k yellow gold, $130 each; Fox & Bond
Demure Bangle with diamonds in 14k yellow gold, $1,905; Gabriel & Co.
Diamond Spike Bangle Bracelet in 14k rose gold, $1,565; KC Designs
Sorrento Collection Caprice Tribal Earrings with white cultured pearls and diamonds in 18k yellow gold, $1,430; Mastoloni
Faceted Collection Whitby pendants in jet black diamonds and 18k gold, from about $1,200 each; Jacqueline Cullen
Arris Sapphire Drop Earrings in 18k white gold, $1,600; Valani
(Top image: Stingray pendant by Elisabeth Bell)
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