2009 Jewelry Trend Report

Forget dainty and delicate—today’s jewelry is getting larger, with fresh combos and bold new presentations. Here’s a snapshot of what’s in store for the year ahead:

Jewelry with movement and texture,
like the fluid earrings of One World Designs’ Waterfall collection, are very in. For a splurge, the award-winning black and white diamond earrings in Yael’s Mosaic collection have both flow and mega-sparkle. Lots of jingly bangles are making a sexy statement, too, and a stack of them makes a lovely bridesmaid gift. Our jewelry partner, Tejani, has custom-sized bangles decked in Austrian crystals that can be special ordered for bridal parties.

Chocolate PearlsAnother popular arm adornment is the cuff, seen in filigreed silver, bronze, champagne gold, or lavishly bejeweled. Long a staple with South Asian brides, the cuff fashion is now going mainstream and is being seen on both catwalks and bridal aisles.

Raw Diamond and Gold CuffInteresting trends in jewelry metals have made their way from Europe to the States. Soft and pretty rose gold is catching on here, and brings a blushing glow to bridal jewelry. And from Italy, the next evolution is a new gold alloy in a warm brown shade called “chocolate gold.” Cutting-edge and breathtaking, this cocoa jewelry makes a striking backdrop to colors, and adds a burnished dimension to wedding whites and creams. There are even cultured chocolate pearls to match!—simply yummy!

Some like it raw—raw diamonds, that is. Stones right out of nature have their own organic beauty, and we’re seeing unique cuts and unusual settings that are appealing to unconventional brides as well as men. Shibumi Gallery in Berkeley showcases some amazing pieces incorporating raw gemstones. Shibumi also features the work of award-winning jeweler Todd Reed, whose gold cuff with raw diamond cubes seen here illustrates the quintessential 2009 accessory.

Go forth and dazzle, girlfriends!