Say bye to gold (well, not really). But if the 2014 fall/winter runways are any indication, we’ll soon be gravitating toward, or at least spotting in stores and streets, high-shine, sleek silver. We saw haute couture heavyweights, such as Chanel, send models down a supermarket-themed runway in silver chains and pendants; Alexander McQueen previewed handwrap bracelets and multi-strand star necklaces; at Saint Laurent, chunky necklaces and geometric rings; and Giambattista Valli boasted mega-link necklaces, just to name a few.
We aren’t talking dainty little pieces here: no delicate silver chains with a hint of sparkle (a mainstay as far as I’m concerned), no teeny, tiny earrings. These are high-impact looks; cuff bracelets in silver, stainless steel, or titanium, polished to a blinding shine. Chunky collar necklaces, oversize pendants, wide statement rings, and large earrings get the same treatment.
The saying, splurge on a staple, save on a trend definitely makes sense here. Not only are the sleek pieces destined to remain a key piece in your customers’ jewelry boxes, but the price points are affordable enough that they can go as big and daring as they want, or steer toward the more modest pieces, either for grouping or to add just a sliver of silver to daily wear.