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.
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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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.