Summer Jewelry Must-Have: Little Color Pops

Small but mighty and packing a hue-tiful punch

I asked a number of exhibitors, retailers, and bloggers what they thought to be trending for 2016, and, among a list of other things (that you can read here), nearly all of them said color. If you’re thinking, isn’t color always popular?, you’d be correct. But it’s often how and in what form color is making its big showing, and in this regard, there are many answers. Some say opal (yes!), others say rainbow jewelry (fun!). Others still, are experiencing a blue period, with topaz, aquamarine, and turquoise taking the top spot on their list of customer demands. All good beloved things, that I think really just come down to personal preference (of both the jewelry designer and the customer).

Here’s my take on what’s making color so great right now, and it may not be what you expect. It’s not the big, scene-stealing pieces that have their pull on me (though, those are superb, too). Rather, it’s the small pops of color, in unassuming styles that are soft and sweet, but pack a punch anyway. Each piece is beloved on its own but can be built upon by combining various pieces to make one big, impactful grouping. These styles remain consistent with my current appreciation for all things fairly simple and small, while satiating that need for something to bright.



South Beach collection ring in 14k yellow gold with garnet and smoky quartz, $495; Andy Götz


Ayva Pavla pink tourmaline earrings | JCK On Your Market

Pavla earrings in 18k rose gold with 0.7 ct. t.w. pink tourmalines and 0.04 ct. t.w. diamonds, $700; Ayva Jewelry


Beverley K french-cut ruby and diamond ring | JCK On Your Market

Ring in 18k white gold with 0.26 ct. rount brilliant diamond and 0.5 ct. t.w. French-cut rubies, $3,069; Beverley K


Charles Garnier turquoise evil eye bangle | JCK On Your Market

Evil eye bangle in sterling silver with a turquoise doublet and white sapphires, $245; Charles Garnier


EF Collection pink sapphire bar stud earrings

Bar stud earrings in 14k yellow gold with 0.07 ct. t.w. pink sapphires, $325; EF Collection


Fern Freeman suede choker necklace with turquoise | JCK On Your Market

Choker necklace in suede and 14k yellow gold with 0.15 ct. turquoise cabochon and diamonds, $2,150; Fern Freeman


Jane Taylor Jewelry Rosebud skinny citrine bar ring | JCK On Your Market

Rosebud skinny bar ring in 14k yellow gold with citrine baguettes, $915; Jane Taylor Jewelry


Judi Powers Gumdrop chrysoprase stud earrings | JCK On Your Market

Gumdrop stud earrings in 14k yellow gold with 2.5 cts. t.w. chrysoprase, $370; Judi Powers


Lulu Designs Satellite necklace | JCK On Your Market

Satellite lavalier necklace in 14k yellow gold with 2.5 ct. brown sapphire and 0.75 ct. blue diamond, $1,485; Lulu Designs


Nina Nguyen Heritage ring collection | JCK On Your Market

Heritage collection small rings in 14k yellow gold with Australian opal, rose-cut diamonds, and tourmaline, prices start at $395; Nina Nguyen Designs


Shy Creation amethyst cuff bracelet | JCK On Your Market

Floating cuff bracelet in 14k rose gold with 3.36 cts. t.w. amethyst and 0.14 ct. t.w. diamonds, $820; Shy Creation


Carrera y Carerra mini Margarita stud earrings | JCK On Your Market

Mini Margarita earrings in 18k yellow gold with 1 ct. t.w. olivine and diamonds, price on request; Carerra y Carerra


Dana Rebecca Designs Kristyn Kylie sapphire necklace | JCK On Your Market

Kristyn Kylie gemstone necklace in 14k white gold with 0.35 ct. t.w. light blue sapphires and 0.03 ct. t.w. diamonds, $440; Dana Rebecca Designs


Arya Esha Galaxy collection amethyst stud earrings | JCK On Your Market

Galaxy collection stud earrings in recycled 18k white gold with 3.43 cts. t.w. amethyst and 0.24 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,130; Arya Esha

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