Take a Look Back at 2013 With These Memorable Jewelry Moments and Trends

This year was a whirlwind. A diamond-dusted, color-filled, sparkly tornado of time. I think about 2013 and wonder, where the heck did it go? I was just thinking about what to wear for a round of holiday parties—last year. Now, here we are again. And while this year feels practically nonexistent, it’s been filled with countless moments that amaze me. Many of those moments, naturally, were in jewelry. Jennifer Lawrence wore a backlace to the Academy Awards, and it was brilliant. President Obama had a second inauguration, and all anyone could talk about were those earrings worn by Beyoncé. JCK Las Vegas 2013 was the most incredible, memorable show yet, with plenty of success to boot. I could go on—so I did. Below are six of my favorite jewelry trends that made our year of 2013 glitter.

Omi Privé emerald and diamond ring

Omi Privé

The Year of Emerald

We’re saying goodbye to Emerald as our Color of the Year for 2013, but what a glorious year it was. And since this is the jewelry industry, the mean green will always be one of our favorites, no matter what Pantone says.


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A. Link for Forevermark Deco Clover diamond band

A. Link for Forevermark

Gaga for Gatsby

The delayed release of The Great Gatsby was a disappointment to many (I’ll leave the movie review to someone else), but there was some good that came out of it: We got more time to indulge in 1920s glamour. The Art Deco buzz started when the making of the movie was announced, continued all the way past its original release date, and kept on going straight through until it finally hit the big screen in theaters everywhere. While sensational Deco jewels will never, ever go out of style where we’re coming from, it was exciting to see their grand moment in the spotlight.


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Britt’s Pick: Sonette’s Art Deco-Inspired Quartz Earrings

Collection Obsession: Bibi van der Velden’s Art Deco

Give Your Gatsby Brides Golden Age Style With These Vintage-Inspired Jewels

KC Designs diamond triangle stacking rings

KC Designs

Ring Parties

From stacking rings to midi, knuckle, and full-length digit armor, we were piling it all on this year. Expect this one to stick around through more of 2014—if there’s an opportunity to wear as much bling as possible, why not take it?


Collection Obsession: Full-Finger Goddess Rings From Miiori NY

Jewelry Must-Have: Stackable Charm Rings From Jade Trau

Britt’s Pick: Freida Rothman’s Star Stacking Rings

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Goshwara G-One Boulder opal drop earrings


Opal Obsession

The luminescent gemstone, loved for its flecks of mesmerizing color, was a designer’s darling this year, popping up in a wide array of original, exciting designs.


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Britt’s Pick: Goshwara’s Twitter-ific Opal Drop Earrings

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Bibi van der Velden feathered ear cuff

Bibi van der Velden

Pretty in Punk

Punk rock, rebel chic, and rock ‘n’ roll style saw a huge resurgence this year, along with ’90s crop tops and all manner of grunge gorgeousness (whether or not punk was ever actually dead is a comical, long-debated topic). The 2013 Met Gala ball brought out the most amazing badass looks: Think spikes, safety pins, a fauxhawk, gawk-worthy earcuffs—but with a painfully unattainable, glamorous twist as only the fashion world’s finest can do.


Britt’s Pick: Bibi van der Velden’s Feathered Ear Cuff

Friday 5: Rock Their World With These Punk-Inspired Jewels

Britt’s Pick: KC Designs Pyramid Stud Earrings

Britt’s Met Gala Pick: Christophe Danhier’s Diamond Spike Ring


Katharine James Vogue Noir Bouquet earrings

Katharine James

Paint It Black

Even the most classic pieces were given a dramatic touch with black rhodium plating, as seen in a slew of new collections this year. The blackened metal runs parallel to the punk rock trend, but it wasn’t all spikes and skulls. From a classic hoop to the prettiest gemstone rings, we were—and still are—very much in the black.


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Introducing the Vogue Noir Collection From Katharine James

Jewel of the Month: Ti Sento Milano’s La Bella Vita Bracelet

Britt’s Pick: Michael John’s Black Gold Swirl Earrings

Collection Obsession: Sethi Couture’s Mayson

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