One jewelry design element popular this season is the orb, featured as three-dimensional globes as well as globes that appear to have been cut in half. These spherical designs go beyond round or cabochon pearls and beads; these designs create the round or half-round shape from materials that are not inherently spherical.
The December 2012–January 2013 issue of Harper’s Bazaar pictures a number of accessories under the heading “Deco Drama” that feature a round or spherical motif, including a pair of diamond-studded drop earrings from De Grisogono, lower right. Also pictured is a necklace of round drops from Past Era; Le Vian diamond earrings of concentric circles; long drop earrings consisting of dozens of round gemstones from H.Stern; a pair of half-globe diamond-studded earrings from Hemmerle; a set of three diamond-encrusted bangles from Roberto Demeglio; and a diamond dome ring from David Yurman.
The February 2013 issue of Vogue profiles the new jewelry design line PL, Monique Péan/Pamela Love, picturing a rutilated quartz pendant with a suspended orb.
A necklace featuring a trio of crystal, resin, and brass orbs from Lulu Frost is featured in the January 2013 issue of InStyle. Also pictured is a necklace with a fan-shaped central motif of enamel and gold plate from Bauble Bar + Nina Garcia.
The January 2013 issue of O, the Oprah Magazine features “Fine jewelry looks, costume prices,” including a necklace with a trio of glittery globes and metal tassel from ShopDesignSpark.com, and stacking rings of crystal-studded orbs from LiaSophia.com. Also pictured are fuchsia earrings from SendtheTrend.com; a set of bracelets from Sophia London; rings from Apt. 9, Fantasy Jewelry Box, and HSN; royal blue stud earrings from ShopDesignSpark.com; a multicolor stone necklace from Loft.com; rose-gold-plated chandelier earrings from BaubleBar.com; and a drop earring of hammered metal and a rough-cut center stone from R.J. Graziano.
The December 2012 issue of Elle pictures a bracelet of 12 mm sea blue round stones bolted with 14k gold-plated rivets between two steel casings from Lele Sadoughi. Also pictured is a stone column bracelet from the same designer, along with a pair of stone, wood, and mother-of-pearl earrings from House of Lavande. The model at center wears yellow gold earrings with chrysoprase and diamonds from Irene Neuwirth; a malachite cabochon ring from Charlotte Bjorlin Delia; and a jade cabochon, citrine, and tourmaline ring from Hutton Wilkinson for Tony Duquette Jewelry.
In the December 2012 Gift Guide of Allure magazine is a Reed Krakoff leather watch, bottom left, dotted with half-globes. Also pictured is a set of Henri Bendel Swarovski crystal rings and a Jennifer Behr Swarovski crystal barrette.
Additional orb-motif jewelry offerings from Henri Bendel appear in this store ad from the December 2012 issue of Elle: a set of sphere-adorned Fireball Stack Rings; a pair of round-stone Hand Me Down Necklaces; CZ Drop Earrings; and Deco Noir Stud Earrings with various materials accenting the orb-shaped studs.
The December 2012 issue of Image from the Los Angeles Times highlights a 14k gold bracelet with a pair of crystal quartz spheres from Kelly Wearstler, along with Renee Lewis multi-gemstone Shake earrings and Monique Péan fossilized woolly mammoth earrings with hand-carved jet inlay.
An ad from Links of London appearing in the Feb. 4, 2013, issue of New York magazine includes a pair of dangling orb earrings, along with a chunky link necklace, watch, bracelet, and ring.
While not promoting jewelry, the current ad from Sephora pictured above features a sequence of hanging spheres with diminishing size dots representing the skin-refining effect of the Algenist product, attesting to the current popularity of the design element.