after seasons of chunky statement necklaces, piled-on bracelets, multi-finger rings, and enormous earrings, jewelry is getting scaled down in size.

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Small-Face Watches & Other New Directions

After seasons of chunky statement necklaces, piled-on bracelets, multi-finger rings and enormous earrings, jewelry is getting scaled down in size. Some of the first glimmerings of this trend appear in the form of wristwatches.

The April 2013 issue of Elle reports: “Chanel’s chain-accented Premiere watches are a delicate alternative to the borrowed-from-the-boys look—their shape is inspired by the cap of Chanel No. 5’s iconic bottle and the Place Vendôme.” All the wristwatches pictured are from Chanel. Also pictured are butterfly-themed jewels: a pair of rings from Van Cleef & Arpels and a pair of clips from the Van Cleef & Arpels Private Collection.

Marion Fasel writes in the April 2013 issue of InStyle: “Teeny faces are to timepieces what the pixie is to haircuts—sweet and delicate yet eternally modern. Pair one of these petite beauties with itsy-bitsy jewelry and a skinny cropped pantsuit.” Pictured are wristwatches from Chanel, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Movado, Dior Timepieces, and Gucci.

The May 2013 issue of Marie Claire spotlights a Citizen Eco-Drive watch with a narrow rectangular face as a stylish accompaniment to ’60s mod styles. Also pictured is an open cuff from BCBG Max Azria, and a pendant necklace from Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.  

Small-face watches go neon in these examples from Dior Timepieces pictured in the May 2013 issue of Elle.

It’s lovely to see the new style watch used in a fashion editorial styling. The May 2013 issue of Marie Claire pictures actress Gemma Arterton wearing a Cartier watch and gold nail ring and a Bulgari wide band ring. The gem rings are her own. She also wears a Gucci coat and Giorgio Armani top and pants.

The model pictured on this page from the April 2013 issue of Vogue wears a small-face wristwatch from ESQ Movado and a chunky chain Pomellato 67 necklace. Also featured is a double-face narrow white wristwatch from Lip.

A beautiful display of small-face watches is featured in the April 2013 issue of C California Style. Pictured are watches from Cartier, Rolex, Dior Timepieces, Piaget High Jewelry, Graff Diamonds, Chanel, and Maurice Lacroix.

Small-face watches are not the only new directions in jewelry about which I am reporting today. On a personal note, my Jewelry Fashion File blog ends on jckonline.com with this post. After more than five years and almost 300 posts on jckonline.com analyzing jewelry trends, my writing will be moving to a new platform.

If you’ve come to enjoy my analyses of what trends in jewelry are appearing in the consumer fashion magazines, Google my name or check my LinkedIn profile to locate my new as-yet-unnamed jewelry blog, and to learn about some other exciting new projects I have in the works. You can contact me at CynthiaSliwa@aol.com.

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