No overnight sensation, kite-shape jewelry—referring to the stone or the overall shape of the design, in this case—is a fantastic option for most shoppers. In ring form, the shape elongates the finger, making it an excellent choice for nearly everyone (especially someone with short, stubby hands like mine!). In a pendant or pair of earrings, it’s somewhat seductive, with a slinky, geometric style.
The shape can be as playful as it can be tough: airy and colorful like an actual kite, or fierce and protective like a shield. You might also want to call it a diamond shape. Technically, a true kite shape would be flatter or more angled on top, rather than possessing perfect symmetry, but I’ve rounded up a bit of each variety because it’s just such a good look for the holiday season. I can’t quite put my finger on exactly what it is about the pointed silhouette that makes it so festive, but can you see it, too? Time to get stocking!
Stormy Grey ring in 14k white gold with 0.46 ct. gray kite-shape diamond and 0.14 ct .t.w. diamonds, $1,910; Kaali Designs
Ring in 18k yellow gold with 4.55 cts. t.w. diamond slices and 0.15 ct. t.w. round diamonds, $4,500; L’Dezen
Large Triple Diamond earrings in rose gold with 1.88 cts. t.w. diamonds, $2,668; Lee Jones
Kimers iridescent necklace in sterling silver, $1,400; Moratorium (Also featured at top)
Earrings in 18k white gold with 0.58 ct. t.w. diamonds, $4,193; Djula
Chameleons cufflinks in 18k white gold with peridot and diamonds, $7,000; Oh My Got
Kite dagger charm anklet with white opal and diamonds, price on request; Jacquie Aiche
Harlequin Diamond drop necklace in 14k yellow gold with 0.15 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,250; Zoe Chicco
Cléo stud earrings in 14k yellow gold with multicolor sapphires, $975; Anzie
Kite-shape pendant in 14k white gold with 3.08 ct. peridot and 0.11 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,854; Artistry, Ltd.
Petite Kite stud earrings and jackets in 18k yellow gold with black and white diamonds, $1,260–$3,150 (studs and jackets sold separately); Doryn Wallach
Large Shield pendant in 18k yellow gold with 0.35 ct. t.w. single-cut diamonds, $13,640; Erika Winters Fine Jewelry
Kite-shape stud earrings in 14k yellow gold with black mother-of-pearl and 0.16 ct. t.w. diamonds, $505; Gabriel & Co.