Sharp and Spiky: A Jewelry Motif That Completely Slays

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!

Nikos Koulis V Collection Diamond Emerald and Enamel EarringV Collection with white diamonds, emeralds, and black enamel in 18k white gold, price upon request; Nikos Koulis

Sylva Cie x Gemfields

Dagger Earrings with Gemfields rubies in 18k yellow gold, $9,500; Sylva & Cie x Gemfields

Established Pyramid Dagger Earrings RG PavePyramid Dagger earrings with pavé diamonds in 18k rose gold, $17,000; Established

Elisabeth Bell Gold Stingray NecklaceStingray Pendant with diamonds in 14k rose gold, $2,980; Elisabeth Bell

 borgioni Double Spike StudDiamond Double Spike Stud in 18k white gold, $3,180; Borgioni

Fox and Bond Stud EarringsF&B Spike Stud Earring in 14k yellow gold, $130 each; Fox & Bond

Elena Votsi earrings 2 Eros Medium Drop Earrings with Gemfields emeralds in 9k yellow gold, $1,740; Elena Votsi x Gemfields

Gabriel&Co 14kDemureBangle YellowGold $1,905Demure Bangle with diamonds in 14k yellow gold, $1,905; Gabriel & Co.

KC Designs Rose gold and diamond bangleDiamond Spike Bangle Bracelet in 14k rose gold, $1,565; KC Designs

 mastoloni pearl gold and diamond earringsSorrento Collection Caprice Tribal Earrings with white cultured pearls and diamonds in 18k yellow gold, $1,430; Mastoloni


JAcqueline Cullen Faceted Whitby jet+and black diamond pendants Jacqueline Cullen

Faceted Collection Whitby pendants in jet black diamonds and 18k gold, from about $1,200 each; Jacqueline Cullen


valani arris sapphire drop earringsArris Sapphire Drop Earrings in 18k white gold, $1,600; Valani


(Top image: Stingray pendant by Elisabeth Bell)


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Amy Elliott

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