It seems we’re really stuck on this whole structured metal thing. For the third week in a row (after ruffles and braids), I’ve got another manipulated metal style to celebrate—the knot.
Knots in jewelry are pretty ubiquitous—love knots from the Victorian era, Celtic knots, knots from Ancient Greek art and jewelry. Tiffany & Co. has made a killing with knots—I had a Tiffany love knot bangle bracelet ages ago, I and sold it for some much-needed cash fresh out of college (I miss it every day). I also became fixated on the Algerian Love Knot necklace worn by Eva Green in Casino Royale, the first James Bond film to star Daniel Craig, my favorite. The necklace was designed by Sophie Harley for the film and has since been on my list. (I love the Amáli necklace pictured above because it reminds me of an airier, more everyday version of it, sort of.)
So why spotlight a style that’s been around forever and ever? Well, just because it’s old doesn’t mean it can’t be new, know what I mean?
Many designers and brands are breathing fresh life into classic jewelry icons, the knot being no exception. The meaning of a knot is timeless and enduring—whether it’s perceived to symbolize love, friendship, or strength.
It’s a talisman of sorts, at a time when talismans have been soaring in popularity, but I think one less visited than, say, the evil eye or lucky number charm. Knots can be prim and polished or bohemian glam and beyond, depending on whose aesthetic is working the finished product.
And that’s what makes the knot so universal. No matter one’s lifestyle or life story, their focus on fashion or function, there’s truly a knot for everyone.
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