Sep 5, 2012

fall/winter 2012 jewelry trends

The coming season is not for the fainthearted. No snugly  autumn leaves, warm pumpkin orange shades and grounding browns. The underworld is rising in force, snakes make a move to slither into gold glimmering necklaces and brackets,  while Mexican style sculls are grinning everywhere from Alexander McQueen to popular outlets. We are bracing ourselves. Never before fashion jewelry came so close to hardware store supplies - nails, rivets and spikes, layered twisted chains, burnished metal sheet pieces come together with chunks of uncut rough stone, shards, snake skin, animal teeth and bones. We may not be heading for the end of the world, but jewelry wise, we will be armed and gold dripping with the Byzantine decadence of the last emperors or tribal queens of a faraway kingdom. 

Alexander McQueen

drawing cuff
Species By The Thousands

Cusco hoop earrings
Aurélie Bidermann

gold and silver ring
Elizabeth and james

raptor talon necklace
Erica Weiner

textured link bracelet
ABS by Allen Schwartz Jewelry

shiny gold twin scull bangle
Alexander McQueen

calsillica medallion bracelet
Stephen Dweck

multi row chain necklace
ABS by Allen Schwartz Jewelry

bronze fox claw earrings
Odette Jewelry

Juste un clou

triple pipeline earrings, brass plated
Lulu Frost

social security bike chain cuff, rose gold

Asymmetrical pyramid ring set

This prickly, un-cuddlyness full of pointy edges, triangles, blades and stakes plays out with softer vintage opulence of mixed chains, pearls, tasseled earrings, semiprecious stones, rose gold and bow motifs. 

hammered disc necklace
Jose and Maria Barrera

kavita earrings
Kendra Scott


Plaza Hotel initial necklace
Lulu Frost

gold and black collage choker

goldplated snake necklace
Kara by Kara Ross

beaded pineapple quartz necklace
Wendy Mink

The retro stalwart brooch is back, fancy, grandiose or whimsical, but never boring. Large jewelled cuffs, stacked bangles and bracelets, big Tuareg style pendants and large metal pieces speak to our tribal heart.

stone accented flower pin

fashionable fanfare
Elva Fields

armor knuckle ring/gold
Low Luv

Cleopatra cuff

rose gold plated earrings

stacked bracelets

bi-color link bracelet
Marc by Marc Jacobs

perforated cuff bracelet
Kelly Wearstler

So let's play the gilded fall and winter armory wars, whether just for fun, or because we are genuinely scared.