Nearly Naked: Gemstoneless Jewels That Still Make an Impression

These designs prove you don’t need gemstones to be beautiful

No feature of any given jewel elicits the same response from people quite like a gemstone: be it a major diamond, a rare gem, a pairing or group of gemstones. It’s a natural response to be so taken by the beauty nature has given us (maybe with a little help from man, in terms of cut or treatment, but you know what I mean). But that’s why I think it’s all the more amazing when jewelry can stun a person sans gemstones. Said pieces might not get quite the same reaction as, say, a 15 ct. diamond ring (nor will it require a bodyguard at a red carpet event or elsewhere), but those with a keen eye will quickly be able to summon an appreciation for its artful detail, its ability to stand out with no help from the entrancing glitter or color of a stone. Pieces like these ones make their mark solely through a clever use of metal, from contrasting pairings to cutouts, textures, and finishes. Ideal for everyday wear and also wonderful for gifting, these jewels will appeal to a wide range of audiences.

Dana Bronfman Hollow collection ring | JCK On Your Market

Hollow collection ring plated in 18k rose gold with black rhodium-plated sterling silver, $1,310; Dana Bronfman


Eva Stone two-tone multi-band ring | JCK On Your Market

Multiband ring in sterling silver and gold plate, price on request; Eva Stone


Frederic Duclos Milky Way cuff bracelet | JCK On Your Market

Milky Way cuff bracelet in sterling silver, $310; Frédéric Duclos


Giovanni Raspini Gingko necklace | JCK On Your Market

Gingko necklace in sterling silver, $720; Giovanni Raspini


Kelim Jewelry Design silver bracelet | JCK On Your Market

Bracelet in sterling silver, $709; Kelim Jewelry Design


Marcin Zaremski gold-plated drop earrings

Drop earrings in oxidized silver and gold plate, price on request; Marcin Zaremski


Martha Seely Shooting Stars cuff bracelet | JCK On Your Market

Shooting Stars stacking bracelet in sterling silver and 14k yellow gold, $1,490; Martha Seely


Rina Limor abstract earrings | JCK On Your Market

Abstract earrings in 18k yellow gold, $1,800; Rina Limor Designs


TK Metal Arts Drift brooch | JCK On Your Market

Drift brooch in sterling silver and sterling/copper mokume, $1,235; TK Metal Arts


Zina Sterling Silver Mini Touchstone cuff bracelet | JCK On Your Market

Mini Touchstone cuff bracelet in 14k yellow gold, $3,370; Zina Sterling Silver


Amali knotted fringe earrings | JCK On Your Market

Knotted fringe earrings in 18k yellow gold, $1,280; Amali Jewelry

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