Quiet dressers have had a rough couple of years. Beset by ubiquitous pops of color, huge bags, inches of platform soles, and bling, (the term “bling” says it all), we are apt to run off in a swivet and hide under the sartorial table in despair. Even whimper a tad.
One must reclaim style one step at a time. Let’s say we give jewelry a go?
Unfortunately, some jewelry starts out quiet but takes up the brand cry and end up shouting, “Look at me!” Too bad. I love the Van Cleef and Arpels Alhambra line to pieces. Especially in turquoise.
Modernism whispers well. We’re talking about simple industrial lines. Silver textured discs make more of an impact than plain silver hoops, a gold band has more effect when sliced than whole.
Oddly, delicacy makes its own statement, particularly when offset by the quirky, the mineral, and the rough. Kittens, lapis, and uncut colored diamonds. That teeny sparkler in the blue rock just slays me.
Unexpected materials always speak to us. Here, an orange leather bracelet, or a signet ring in silver instead of gold. For some reason, text and numerals amp up simple ornamentation. I haven’t yet figured out why. Perhaps you have.
Finally, there’s grotesquerie. An approach not limited to our generation, by the way.
So intricate and pretty, until you get too close.
One last idea. If a girl were tempted by full-throated baubles, (isn’t everyone, sometimes?) and if nobody stepped up with a sapphire parure, and if that girl were me, I’d be all over Wendy Brandes’ Empress Wu earrings. I think you can choose their eye color. Aquamarines, anyone?
It is the Year Of, after all. No point in chasing pearls if we can’t bite down.
Thank you to @aleatha on Twitter for the inspiration.
Paloma Picasso diamond “X” via Beladora
Alhambra turquoise earrings via Pinterest private collection
Silver discs via Charm and Chain
Gold ring via Beladora
Oxidized silver and raw diamond earrings via Ylang23
Gold kitty ring via Catbird
Lapis ID bracelet with tiny diamond via Ylang23
Leather Lapland bracelet via Ylang 23
Silver signet ring via Catbird
Ant necklace via Catbird
Empress Wu dragon earrings via Wendy Brandes