Jewellery Trends for 2018
The experts have spoken. Here are some of the biggest jewellery trends predicted for 2018.
If you haven’t noticed that big earrings are in, where have you been? Tassels, chandeliers, water droplets - not necessarily things you’d usually adorn your ears with, but the Spring-Summer 2018 catwalks were inundated with statement earrings. Chanel nailed the whimsical vibes with their oversized raindrop earrings in Paris, while Stella McCartney’s gigantic Sapphire studs dripping with emerald cut diamonds gave us contemporary shapes to dress up any look. The real showstopper of the Spring-Summer 2018 fashion shows are undoubtedly Burberry’s vintage-brooch-meets-chandelier earrings (imagine how heavy they were). Diamonds for days.
Build-A-Ring: Bespoke Jewellery
Following the widespread reaction to the masterpiece Prince Harry designed to propose to Meghan Markle, we’re spying a trend for ‘design your own’ jewellery, particularly for engagement rings. Reusing sentimental diamonds and jewels that belonged to a family member is always a sweet idea, and we love the pairing of Diana’s stones with a carefully selected diamond from Botswana. For those without any diamonds in the bank, a brand sparkling new diamond is made extra special when the mount and setting is designed by your husband to be. Jewellers throughout the UK have, since the royal engagement, seen a surge in demand for bespoke services. At Queensmith, we have a unique process whereby the level of input you have at the design stage is up to you (good news for the more artistically challenged among us). We have a number of styles we can recreate, bespoke touches to add, metal colours to change or if you’re up for the challenge, we can create something totally new according to your specificities. This is the joy of having an onsite workshop and team of highly skilled jewellers and crafters, as well as 3D CAD design to help you bring the vision to life.
With reports showing younger couples are choosing to spend less on engagement rings, such bespoke services are not only sentimentally sweet, but a little kinder to the pocket too. The large brands and chains that allow you to take away a ready made ring on the day often come with a hefty price tag. Queensmith work hard to optimise your budget, and having an onsite workshop and jewellers all helps lessen the blow. Sentimental, and price conscious.
Sparkles never go out of style, but come 2018 we’re expecting to see a surge in all things twinkly. Diamond brooches, rings and necklaces made their way to the Spring Summer catwalks as usual, but more notably we spotted bejewelled hair pins at Simone Rocha and bedazzled crowns and tiaras at Dolce & Gabbana (plus ornate alice bands for the less adventurous among us). We particularly love Hailey Baldwin’s Dolce & Gabbana headband - rubies, pearls and diamonds: the perfect trio.
Platinum vs. Yellow Gold
Judging by what was spotted at the Fashion Awards in London this December, silver hues are a staple. Ashley Graham and co chose simple, timeless platinum pieces to make the most of their diamonds. Again, the Spring Summer 2018 shows saw platinum and diamond duos aplenty. Despite platinum’s time in the limelight we’re also seeing big things for yellow gold - thanks to the Markle effect. Prince Harry reportedly handpicked the yellow gold metal, knowing Meghan's love for the hue. Both yellow gold and rose gold have risen in popularity over the past year due to the tonal ability to warm certain skin tones. Yellow gold complements diamonds, encouraging the stones to appear a brighter white due to the contrasting tones.