Jewels to Counteract (or Complement) the Ruffled Fashion Trend

Permit me a moment to be just a bit grinchy, as there is currently a trending fashion that I can’t seem to digest: ruffles. Sure, there are many women who can pull them off beautifully—and that, I admire greatly (I promise I’m not judging if you love ruffles). But me? I end up feeling (and probably looking) like Little Bo Peep got her hands on the puffy shirt from Seinfeld. I suppose it all comes down to the fact that I don’t gravitate towards styles that feel, to me, overtly sweet (don’t get me wrong, I love girly things, but have limits).

And yet, on the hunt for a new summer wardrobe, ruffles are everywhere (look at this feature from Intermix, for example). I find a few things I like and—wouldn’t ya know it—some part of it is ruffled.

So what’s a girl to do? Break her no-ruffle rule and sacrifice her fashion principles for one potentially great outfit? I mean…yeah, probably.

But if that’s the case, jewelry is vital: I’d counteract the trend’s voluminous layers with sleek, straight lines—some with pointed edges or sharp angles, others softer, but still anchoring the foofy frills. Or, if you would prefer to inject a more masculine element, seek bold, chunky jewels—but be careful not to go too big, or you run the risk of having too much look. If your customers are anything like me (is it a possibility that I’m not that weird?) you’ll want to offer these to them, too—actually, even if they’re not like me, you’ll still want to get in on this. Who could resist?

 Alison Antelman Metro ring | JCK On Your Market

Metro ring in oxidized silver, 18k, and 22k yellow gold with tourmaline and vesuvianite, price on request; Alison Antelman

Suzanna Kalan Fireworks pink sapphire earrings | JCK On Your Market

Fireworks earrings in yellow gold with pink sapphires and diamonds, price on request; Suzanne Kalan

Anabel Higgins Rebecca bracelet | JCK On Your Market

Rebecca bracelet in 14k yellow gold with Victorian seed pearl crescent moon, $3,800; Anabel Higgins

Atelier Zobel sapphire ring | JCK On Your Market

Ring in sterling silver, 22k yellow gold, and platinum 8.4 ct. cabochon tanzanite and 0.02 ct. t.w. champagne diamonds, price on request; Atelier Zobel

Borgioni spike dangle earrings | JCK On Your Market

Dangling spike earrings in 18k black rhodium with 1.23 cts. t.w. black diamonds, $7,600; Borgioni

Nada G Identity rings | JCK On Your Market

Identity rings in 18k yellow and rose gold with black and champagne diamonds, price on request; Nada G

Lydia Courteille Scarlet Empress drop earrings | JCK On Your Market

Scarlet Empress earrings, price on request; Lydia Courteille

Dana Bronfman diamond Branch earrings | JCK On Your Market

Branch earrings in 18k rose gold with 0.24 ct. t.w. black diamonds, $3,490; Dana Bronfman

Marli Cleo lapis statement ring | JCK On Your Market

Cleo statement ring in rose gold with blue lapis and diamonds, $3,100; Marli

Doryn Wallach diamond ladder earrings | JCK On Your Market

Ladder earrings in 18k yellow gold with 1.64 cts. t.w. diamonds, $9,130; Doryn Wallach

Rock and Gems Jewelry bicolor tourmaline ring | JCK On Your Market

Ring in 14k yellow gold with 14.45 cts. t.w. bicolor tourmaline and 0.43 ct. t.w. diamonds, $5,500; Rock & Gems Jewelry

Jacquie Aiche black quartz hoop earrings | JCK On Your Market

Teardrop bar hoop earrings in 14k rose gold with black quartz, $3,750; Jacquie Aiche

Pearl Collective X Veronika Borchers Luna ring | JCK On Your Market

Luna ring, $400; Pearl Collective X Veronika Borchers

M Spalten Triple Starburst earrings | JCK On Your Market

Triple Starburst earrings in 18k white gold with moonstones and 1.27 cts. t.w. black diamonds, $8,728; M. Spalten Jewelry


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