Star Jewelry, Steadfast and Spiritual

“The stars seemed near enough to touch, and never before have I seen so many.” That’s a quote from Amelia Earhart, one I’ve read aloud from my daughter’s book again and again. I’ve been turning it over in my head a lot lately, thinking about the stars.

It seems we’ve long had a collective affinity for the stars. Always reaching for them, wishing upon them, counting them, letting them guide us. And they’ve always been a favorite of mine, an icon I am drawn to especially in jewelry, a trend that was highlighted last year by the Plumb Club’s Radiant Universe, a retail initiative squarely focused on celestial designs.

Just as star jewelry is steadfastly favored by shoppers, the same goes for it on this blog—I’ve written about it many times and will continue to do so so long as designers keep coming up with gorgeous ways to wear it.

Beverley K three-star dangle earrings
Three-star dangle earrings in 14k yellow gold with 1.35 cts. t.w. diamonds, $5,225; Beverley K
Pamela Zamore marquise star cuff bracelet
Marquise star cuff bracelet in 18k yellow gold with ruby, $3,800; Pamela Zamore

But recently stars feel even more precious, a thing to be cherished with even more fervor. Because with everything going on in the world that feels chaotic and scary, the stars haven’t changed. One could argue that they’ve gotten even better—at least, more visible—with our drastic decrease in daily activity and pollution. Getting in touch with nature provides serenity, it gives peace. I’m grateful for what I have, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to yearning every single day for a big backyard, if only to set up a tent and watch the stars each night (actually, there are a lot of things I would do with a big backyard).

Vram Supernova clip earrings
Supernova clip earrings in yellow gold with blue and green sapphires and diamonds, price on request; Vram
Foundrae star medallion
Star medallion in 18k yellow gold and enamel with diamonds, $3,295; Foundrae
M Spalten Mini Starburst hoop earrings
Mini Starburst hoop earrings in 14k white gold with moonstones and diamonds, $2,000; M. Spalten

Star jewelry isn’t trendy—it’s everlasting. Maybe its demand ebbs and flows like anything else, but, honestly, I doubt it. It’s such an incredible constant that speaks to so many buyers, whether they find strength in the symbols or just happen to like the way they look. If we keep reaching for the stars—figuratively speaking, jewelry-wise—we’ll always find what we need. And in literal terms, the stars in the sky offer such incredible solace—if you’re able, take an evening to search them, to take in the beauty that’s consistently there. It’s not magic and it won’t fix our larger issues, but I think it will help you to feel good, even if just for a precious while.

Top: Four Elements collection Air ring in 18k yellow gold with Chilean lapis and 0.31 ct. t.w. diamonds, $13,525; Ana Katarina

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