THE ‘EASY-TRANS-FORM’ TREND DIRECTION
Today’s Personal Style Statement
In the world of ‘Easy-Trans-Form’, turning away from formality never means denying the joys of opulence. On the contrary, this significant shift in fine jewelry away from the formal embraces a relaxed glamour that now pervades all levels of jewelry design. New considerations of how a jewel interacts with the body, the pleasure of its feel and its movement on the skin are now essential parts of the processes of design and manufacture. Mixing, matching and layering jewels that may, or may not have moving parts, are the new norm and are allowing individuals to mark out and claim their own style territory.
Contemporary women’s multifaceted, multitasking lives have created the demand for ‘Easy-Trans-Form’. Women need jewelry with the versatility not only to respond to their changing moods but pieces that can work with the vastly different occasions they are presented with throughout any given day. Their perfect jewel must unite fashion with function, an everyday basic that can also morph into an instant classic. All that is needed is a touch of playfulness coupled with a dash of character and spiced with their unique and individual flair.
‘Easy-Trans-Form’ embraces concepts like Impair, the asymmetrical pairing of earrings such as a single chandelier type earring with an opposing stud; Modular Jewelry, components that be reconfigured at the slightest whim; or Ombre Effects, with contrasting metals and dégradés of colored stones. Minimalism switches to its playful best, reimagining design classics by hiding all the craftsmanship of fine jewelry within new statements of stylistic excitement. Think of a diamond set free of its setting and dangling from a ring or chain through the grace of a piercing. For pieces incorporating an intriguing new take on traditional icons from religion and myth such as the Buddha, the Fatima Hand, the Evil Eye or the Madonna, check out the ‘by Fiona’ collection from Fiona Pacifico Griffini-Grasser featured by Cadenzza. All are executed with a witty combination of materials and just the right touch of everyday glamour.
For their materials, designers are now choosing high-tech ceramics, and transparent or translucent materials like rock crystal, or dichromatic stones like ametrine. Iridescent materials like opals, rainbow moonstones and labradorite are right on-trend, as are frosted finishes. Casual diamond accents abound, as do a variety of mixed metals. The palette is uplifting, packed with fresh brights, and pastel tones led by tangerine and lilac. Modern geometric cuts that can be stacked or fitted together in channels such as the baguette cut and its variations, are leading the way in the creation of these new jewels.
Fotocredits as seen in Gem Visions: Oompa Loompa Earrings by Daniela Villegas, Rings by Nemanja Ilic, Earrings by Sabine Römer, Summer Snow Ring by Alice Cicolini, Day and Night Light by Eleonore Delisse