Jewelry Trend: Word Jewelry for Fall 2013

The dark, schoolgirl-esque look of the Fall 2013 collection of Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz (at times, paired with masculine shoes) gave the line an air of scholarly chic, balanced by a touch of whimsy around the collar. Some clever runway stylist punched up some of those serious looks with ironic oversize slogan or word-motif necklaces (such as “Help” and “Cool”), adding just the right element of frivolity to otherwise sober statements. When clients come into your store in similarly serious attire, suggest they lighten up looks by wearing a jewel that does the talking for them. From silly to solemn, a well-placed accessory can communicate messages of all types for the wearer without them having to utter a syllable.

Dogeared Sexy ring in silver

Foxy ring in silver, $34; Dogeared

Jessica Elliot word rings in silver

Sterling stackable word rings, $40 apiece; Jessica Elliot

Baroni Designs' Awesome necklace

Awesome necklace in sterling, $54; Baroni Designs

Dogeared Single necklace in silver

Single necklace in sterling, $72; Dogeared

Vargas Goteo Pinky-Swear rings

Pinky-Finger Swear rings (size 4.5 and adjustable; larger sizes available) in silver and 14k gold, $240 and $670; Vargas Goteo

Efva Attling Human bracelet in silver

Silver Human bracelet, $360; Efva Attling

Wendy Brandes Gangsta necklace in silver

Gangsta necklace in silver, $400; Wendy Brandes

Hope necklace in 14k gold from Zoe Chicco

Hope necklace in 14k gold with 0.06 ct. t.w. diamonds, $590; Zoe Chicco

Star necklace in 14k gold by Lana

Star necklace in 14k gold, $900; Lana Jewelry

Jessica Kagan Cushman Whatever necklace

Whatever necklace in silver with 1.25 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,500; Jessica Kagan Cushman/Berlin Gothic