Each decade has its signature “look.” The Victorian era favored intricate, romantic designs, while people in the sixties and seventies loved plastic in all its weird, funky colors and shapes. Today, understated, natural elegance seems to be the defining look for the 2010s (if New York Fashion Week is anything to go by.) Take a look at the five trends we’ve identified to learn more about the love for minimalist jewelry.
3D Geometric Designs
Back in the 1920s, the Art Deco movement used a lot of shapes for very glitzy jewelry. But right now, the love is for modern simplicity. Designs that evoke architectural frameworks are in big demand, because of how they can be dressed up and down for either a sophisticated or playful look.
This trend is a big one! With exclusive designers such as Goossens and Celine Daoust hopping onto this train, we think raw stones are here to stay around for quite some time. Maybe it’s that instinctive desire all humans feel when they see gems, or maybe it’s that poetical representation of how nature is perfect and untouched…whatever the reason is, people are loving the uncut look. We’re seeing it paired with unconventional materials like brass and settings in free-form bezel, to draw maximum attention to the stone.
Normally, when people think of marble they think of counter-tops. Not today; marble patterns are all over notebooks, phone cases, and jewelry. The stone has a look to it that’s timeless, minimalist, and luxurious all at the same time. It also works well with everything- silver or white gold for the true modern feel, gold for an affluent and well-groomed look, or even rose gold if you want to nosedive straight into the millennial aesthetic.
Small yet mighty is the motto of the 2010s! There are lots of tiny, pretty things on the market such as mini circle pendants for initials, bar bracelets with spider-silk-thin chains, and itty-bitty gemstone studs that are perfect for multiple piercings. The best thing about this trend is how easy it is to keep things simple with one item, or layer for a bolder look. This trend is the purest form of minimalist jewelry, if you’re a stickler for the aesthetic.
The newest and the most avant-garde trend we’ve seen to date, asymmetry is riding the waves at NYFW this year on the ears of Alexander McQueen and Prabal Gurung’s models. This trend ranges from earrings that have some similarity in construction, to wild and spectacular mismatching. Whichever side you gravitate more towards, it’s bound to be an eye-catching look.
Raw crystals, dainty pendants, and asymmetrical earrings aside, this decade’s look is a case study in admiring imperfection and challenging the norms. As fashion progresses into this visible era of self-love and reflection, we’ll continue to see this mentality reflected in the jewelry that comes out of the great houses. So what trend do you like the most for its aesthetic, or figurative interpretation? Let us know in the comments below!