To be clear, this is a post about jewelry in shape of water, not jewelry in The Shape of Water, which won the award for Best Picture at Sunday night’s 90th Academy Awards ceremony. Guillermo del Toro won the Oscar for Best Directing, and the film also picked up wins for Best Original Score and Production Design.
And what do I mean exactly by the “shape” of water? As you peruse the jewelry designs highlighted below you’ll see teardrops, ripples, and the fluid movements of a meandering stream. Here is Zoë Chicco’s fringed necklace, which conjures the misty cascade of a waterfall, while the crest of a wave is immortalized in Frédéric Duclos’ silver bangle. And Harry Winston’s River chandelier earrings (see them lighting up Allison Williams’ look at the Oscars here) somehow manage to capture the swirling, splashing flow of water as it rushes gently over rocks.
Then I threw in some pieces that evoke water in some form or other, with poetic names and vivid blue stones that help paint a picture of a beach disappearing at high tide, or bubbling seafoam, or the cool, crystalline depths of a swimming pool.
“The greatest thing that art does—and that our industry does—is erase lines in the sand when the world tells us to make them deeper,” said Del Toro, who was born in Mexico, in his Oscar acceptance speech.
If you think jewelry is synonymous with art, as many of us do, then one could argue that our industry’s diverse, globe-spanning voices have the power to wash them away completely.
River Diamond earrings with 16.03 cts. t.w. diamonds in platinum, from the Water Collection, price upon request, Harry Winston
Waterfall Fringe necklace with pavé diamonds in 14k yellow gold, $850; Zoë Chicco
Aerial Regal Scroll Teardrop necklace with 0.8 cts. t.w. diamonds in 18k white gold, $1,900; Hearts On Fire
5 Waves bangle in sterling silver, $92; Frédéric Duclos
Stream Melting ring with tanzanite, lapis lazuli, and chalcedony in 18k rose gold, $8,910; Fernando Jorge
Water Charm necklace with bronze lichen, barnacle, and shell charms clustered with freshwater pearls on an oxidized silver chain with bronze closure, $595; Julie Cohn Design
Seafoam ring with an 18.62 ct. aquamarine, 1.54 cts. t.w. diamonds, and 1.89 cts. t.w. beryl in 18k white gold, price on request; Mark Patterson
Wave Drop earrings in sterling silver, $150; Nambé
Ocean Blue Eternity ring with sapphires and black diamonds in black rhodium-plated 14k white gold, $1,250; Selin Kent
Marea Blue bangle in sterling silver, $595; Belle Étoile
High Tide Turquoise Vanity necklace in sterling silver with 14k yellow gold, $640; Hannah Blount
Clear Water ring with aquamarine, sapphires, tanzanite, and diamonds in 14k yellow gold, $980; Melanie Casey
Top photo: Stream Long ring with tanzanite and lapis lazuli in 18k rose gold, $5,640; Fernando Jorge
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