As 2016 draws to a close, we take a look back at the jewellery you’ve been loving over the past 12 months. It’s been a year of personalised lockets filled with memories, killer hoops for taking on the world, and lots of pretty stacking rings. Here’s some of the top jewellery picks from 2016.
Personal jewellery has enjoyed a surge in popularity this year, and one item that has topped the chart is the humble locket. Brighton-based brand, Posh Totty Designs, have a range of classic lockets that can be personalised with a name, phrase or date of your choice for the ultimate thoughtful gift. But if two photos aren’t enough, Lily Blanche’s popular Memory Keeper Locket opens to reveal space for six secret photographs.
Chokers have made a lasting impression and are set to stay well beyond 2016. But we’re not talking about the plastic, tattoo-inspired designs from the 90s, this year dainty feminine chokers are what you’ve been loving. The Millennium Choker from Jezebel London has a clean and contemporary look that makes it perfect for layering with other dainty necklaces, whereas Brazilian designer Joana Salazar’s Ruby Blossom Choker makes a vibrant statement on its own.
Rose gold jewellery has held the top spot in terms of metal, and we can’t say we’re surprised. It’s wearable, pretty and suits every skin tone, so what’s not to love?
From classic designs that remain forever timeless, to innovative new ideas that bring pearls into the 21st century, the pearl earring has been one of our most popular picks for 2016. London brand, Ora Pearls, has spent over 10 years identifying and connecting with pearl farmers, which is reflected through their thoughtful collection of classic pearl jewellery. On the other end of the spectrum, LA brand little h has completely reinvented pearl earrings by setting gemstones into pearls for an out-of-this-world effect.
It’s fair to say 2016 has had its fair share of ups and downs, but one thing we have welcomed back with open arms is the hoop earring. Throwing on a pair of hoops is an instant confidence boost in jewellery form, and an easy way to add a touch of attitude to the simplest of outfits. Fine, simple designs have been our go-to this year; the bigger the better.
Layering stacks of dainty rings across all fingers has been a favourite jewellery trend of 2016. You’ve been mixing metals, mixing styles and generally just having some fun making your own unique stack.
At the other end of the scale to dainty stacking rings has been the cocktail ring. For maximum impact, these bold designs look best when worn on their own.
Bold wristwear has been a popular jewellery trend this year. We love feminine open structures like the Mary Navette Rose Gold Cuff from Chicago designer, Meredith Marks.
The everyday bracelet of choice this year was the leather bracelet. Understated, comfortable and wearable, thin strands of leather that wrap around the wrist multiple times make for a casual accessory that never needs to be taken off.
2016 marks the year designers and jewellers couldn’t get enough of opals, and neither could you! No two opals are the same, making them a mesmerising and highly coveted gemstone. US brand, Kabana, have a gorgeous opal collection which features Australian opal known for its incredible play-of-colour and hues of greens, blues and yellows.