The sexy sway of tassels renders them a perennial favorite, and this season brings a delicious variety of alluring options rendered in an extraordinary variety of materials and designs.
The December 2012 issue of Allure highlights an entire page of shoulder-duster tassel earrings: “Long, lean and dangly, shoulder-grazing tassel earrings flirt shamelessly.” Pictured are rhodium-plated gold and diamond earrings from Wilfredo Rosado; sterling vermeil and Swarovski crystal earrings from Erickson Beamon; “velvet-and-Swarovski-pearl-and-crystal earrings” from Akong London; brass and Swarovski crystal earrings from House of Lavande; sterling silver and pearl earrings from David Yurman; “gold-and-Swarovski-crystal earrings” from Janis by Janis Savitt; and “silk-nylon-and-stone earrings” from Lizzie Fortunato.
The selection of tassel jewelry pictured in Allure illustrates the range of materials utilized in creating tassel. Tassels rendered in Swarovski crystals or silk join tassels executed in a range of metals. Hybrid styles include pearl-embellished sterling silver and diamond-accented rhodium-plated gold. Here are additional examples of chic jewelry adorned with tassels rendered in pearls or beads:
The February 2013 issue of More features a necklace of platinum, emerald, diamond, pearl, and onyx with a tassel consisting of pearls and onyx by Stephen Russell. Also pictured are an 18k gold and black and white diamond necklace and an 18k gold, tsavorite, and black and white diamond necklace, both by Yewn.
Actress Jessica Joffe is pictured in the January 2013 issue of Town & Country wearing a pair of tassel earrings from Hemmerle composed of what appears to be pearls, a Ralph Lauren Fine Watchmaking wristwatch, and vintage diamond bracelets from Camilla Dietz Bergeron. She also wears a Fendi fur jacket, Citizens of Humanity jeans, and Manolo Blahnik shoes.
A recent ad for Cartier features the Trinity pearls pendant necklace with a lush tassel created of pearls.
Nothing but beaded tassel earrings from Oscar de la Renta accompany a charmeuse gown from J. Mendel in this photo from the December 2012 issue of Allure.
The September 2012 issue of Lucky highlights designs reflecting an Art Nouveau influence, including a pair of opulent earrings from Gripoix by Catherine Baba.
The September 2012 issue of Allure looks to the Far East as influence for a collection of seductive designs, including a pair of red beaded tassel earrings from Oscar de la Renta and a gold necklace with a huge pendant with dangling drops from Etro.
Whatever the design influence, the allure of tassels is indisputable. Additional examples of tassels rendered in metal and silk will follow in my next post.