Especially as we approach the holiday season, with endless wish lists to fill and gifts to give, something like a medallion, which can serve to hold so much personal meaning, is a wonderfully thoughtful and absolutely chic present.
I find it quite amazing that a jewelry concept that has been around for years and years can still be refreshed and seen in so many different variations, but that’s the beauty of jewelry design. The only problem is (for my wallet, anyway), I want something from each collection I see.
But that’s also one of the great things about medallions. Much like charms (I suppose they are sort of charms?), they’re endlessly collectible and look fantastic worn in groups. Currently, I like them best three or four on a single chain, overlapping in varying sizes so that you can get at least a peek at each one.
In the image above from Penny Preville’s Medallion collection, new for fall 2019/winter 2020, the necklace is styled precisely the way I like it. The combination of a trio of medallions has the look of treasured tokens, a necklace of good luck charms. String a few on a slightly longer (18-inch or 20-inch) link chain, and you’ve got an instant look.
Preville’s collection comprises a number of covetable designs, such as an evil eye, man in the moon, and—my favorites—a pleated gold star and a sun. There is also the option of a lariat chain, which gives the wearer a few different options to display their medallion(s). It’s amazing what a little versatility can do: Worn in the form of a Y-neck, the chain takes on a different perspective. I like this form worn on its own—deep-V neckline not necessary, but appreciated—and I think the longer, more standard chain looks amazing as a part of a #neckparty or alone with a chunky winter turtleneck.
I’m torn between saying “Keep the medallions coming” and “Please stop, my wish list can’t handle any more,” but you know the truer statement is the former—I’m a glutton for punishment, and these are way too good not to hope for more.
The Medallion collection by Penny Preville is available now, with the addition of engraving for customized options—again, so perfect for a holiday gift. (Santa, are you reading this?)
Top, from left: Engravable round medallion necklace in 18k white gold with 0.43 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,465; Starburst crescent necklace in 18k yellow gold with 0.05 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,785; Oval Moon and Star locket in 18k rose gold with 0.32 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,005; Baguette crescent necklace in 18k white gold with 0.35 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,585; Starburst Medallion necklace in 18k yellow gold with 0.17 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,740; engravable round medallion in 18k yellow gold with 0.43 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,750Follow JCK on Instagram: @jckmagazine
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