With January almost done and dusted, 2016 is in full swing and it’s time to plan the year ahead. Even though it’s hard to predict what life will throw at you in the coming months (unless you’re an astrologer, of course) there’s one thing that we do know for certain: the styles and looks you’d want to rock this year! We’ve rounded up the hottest trends in jewellery design and styling straight off the fashion runways of New York, Paris, London, and Delhi too, so that you can keep your accessorizing as sharp as the rest of your wardrobe.
1. Make a statement
Statement necklaces are firmly back in the spotlight, and they are bigger and bolder than ever. From Hermes and Balmain, Lanvin and Moschino to our own Sabyasachi and Tarun Tahiliani, the biggest names in fashion have all placed their stamp of approval on the statement necklace for 2016. Go for an oversized necklace with bold motifs to dazzle on any occasion! Or you could try some eye-catching knotted pearls a-la Stella McCartney. For bridal jewellery, an ornate, traditional choker will amp up your wedding style. Shop Statement Necklaces >
2. Blurred lines
The strict regimentation between fashion and fine jewellery continues to get increasingly blurred in the coming seasons as jewellery houses incorporate ever trendier styles in their fine jewellery collections. Geometric designs, mix and match, ear and wrist cuffs, head pieces, and harnesses have all made the transition to the big league this year with the likes of Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Balenciaga showcasing these designs in their Fall 2016 collections. If you’re not ready to try on a bejewelled harness yet, go for a geometric gold cuff or some dangling geometric earrings instead to match with both Indian and Western outfits. Shop Ear Cuffs >
3. A riot of colour
Coloured stones – both precious and semi precious – are the hottest news in fine jewellery right now, with major jewellery designers worldwide making elegant use of colour in their latest collections. Pink diamonds are also set to be the biggest trend in engagement rings, so a rose solitaire on your finger will set you apart from the rest of the crowd! Take a page out of Cartier’s Fall ‘16 lookbook, and go for wildlife and animal themed pieces in blue and green stones. Peacock, parrot and bird motifs are especially on the centrestage now, having stolen the show at India’s bridal fashion week recently. Shop Gem Stone Rings >
4. Stack it up
A fashion mainstay for years now, stacking has become the latest byword in elegance when it comes to fine jewellery. Stacked rings are the easiest way to rock this runway look on an everyday basis, and can be paired effortlessly with work and casual wear. Or if you’re looking to step a bit outside the box, you could try stacking barely there necklaces and pendants as seen at Chloe, or stacked diamond studs to give your ear jewellery a stylish makeover. Shop Bracelets > Shop Rings >
5. A touch of whimsy
Brooches, pins, hair pieces, and cocktail rings add a touch of whimsy to any look, and 2016 is all about embracing the creativity in you – so go ahead and rock some jewels which reflect that! A cocktail or signet ring makes a big statement on any occasion – wear a few in contrasting colours on different fingers to shine as the star of the night! If you love for your individuality to stand out, you can try a brooch or a pin in a vintage style. And for the offbeat Indian bride, crown headpieces are the biggest trend in bridal jewellery this year, so don’t shy away from donning one in a botanical or floral motif for your wedding! Shop Solitaire Rings >
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