For those of us in the eastern and northern parts of the U.S., the chilly and grey late-February weeks—the ones that lead up to that glorious moment when spring’s crocuses begin to bloom—can feel like a bit of a drag.
Which is a key reason why parka-wearing consumers typically stop buying cold-weather garb in February and start eyeing lighter and brighter pieces for spring and summer. They’re tired, tired of wearing heavy layers. Aren’t you?
In honor of that welcome shift starting again, here’s a charming, vintage-inspired fashion jewelry trend that looks and feels like spring incarnate: stripes! Designers are creating cool gold pieces striped with resin, enamel, and paint in black, white, and a wide range of bright colors.
The look conjures images of classic blue-and-white-striped Breton shirts, striped cafe awnings in Paris, and the crisp swirling stripes of candy canes.
And because these looks are gold or gold-toned, they’re primed to work well with a consumer’s existing jewelry wardrobe. Get them on your shoppers and they’ll see how adding a bit of blue or a dash of red to their arm stack or ear party can spring-up their entire jewelry look.
Here are some of my favorite striped, spring-ready pieces on the market.
A simple, match-everything stacker—18k gold Siena ring with white enamel, $950; Marc Alary
Aurelie Bidermann has had so much success with this 18k gold-plated enamel Positano bracelet, $290, she’s been offering up new colors for it.
Aurelie Bidermann 18k gold-plated Positano earrings, $325
The subtly colorful Deco ring in 18k gold ring with inlaid chrysoprase, $1,750; Marc Alary
(Top image: One-of-a-kind Ethel ring with star set green tourmalines and dowel band set with coral enamel, $3,675; Sarah Hendler)