4 Vintage Jewelry Trends Making a Statement This Season

Lot 1574, Art Deco set of jewelry with amazonites, Henry's Auktionshaus (February 26, 2016)

Vintage jewelry pieces are particularly unique in that they are, in a sense, timeless – their appeal transcends the dynamic fashion cycles.

But what many people don’t know is that the pieces selling well often reflect what’s being shown in couture shows, says Sandra Mendoza, owner of Debutante Clothing and vintage seller for nearly 20 years.

Always on the hunt for ways to mix vintage jewelry into a modern wardrobe, Mendoza and other jewelry bloggers say that popular styles today include romantic and dainty pieces, bold, geometric necklaces and bracelets, and clean, minimal metal cuffs and earrings. And of course, you can’t forget the fabulous cocktail rings – not one, but several.


Romantic

Lot 2028, Morganite and diamond ear pendants, Koller Auctions (March 21, 2016)

Trickling down from runway shows are very romantic jewelry items, says Mendoza. According to Sasha Maksutensko, owner and jewelry blogger at Sasha Maks Vintage, top models currently covet dainty drop earrings and classic pearl necklaces.

One particularly inspirational line in the romance category, adds Mendoza, was Dolce & Gabbana’s of Spring 2015, which included Spanish wear featuring hearts and baroque-style pieces, and of course an abundance of the color red.

“Old world and intricate, the symbol of love is a key trend,” she says.

Minimal

Lot 50, Gold and diamond ring, Doyle New York (February 24, 2016)

“Modern and minimal metals were a big fall trend on the runway. Sculptural and 3D, modernist jewelry will be a great contrast to feminine, romantic looks in jewelry,” she says. “Think Danish designers – clean lines with interesting architectural qualities.”

“Wearing vintage jewelry will open doors for people to be very individual and over-the-top with their accessories. People who don’t normally shop for vintage jewelry will start.”– Sandra Mendoza

Art Deco

Lot 71, Sapphire earrings with Akoya pearls & diamonds, Auctionata AG (March 14, 2016)

The familiar and beloved Art Deco period has made a splash again, especially as trends favor feminine yet strong shapes and designs. These trends, suggests Matsutensko, include geometric bracelets and oversized rhinestone necklaces.

“The perfect marriage of femininity and structure, Art Deco will be [ideal] for those who favor antique design with strong statements that blend well with modern fashion,” says Mendoza.

Bold

Lot 2042, Diamond cocktail ring (ca. 1960), Koller Auctions (March 21, 2016)

Boldly shaped and sized jewelry and accessories are in vogue this season. Rose gold will be one upcoming big trend in fashionable and fine accessories, says Mendoza.

Exquisite pieces like 1960s-style detailed rings made of Tiger’s Eye – a current must-have material for popular fine jewelry blogger Gem Gossip – fall into this category. Navette-shaped rings worn on the middle finger, she adds, offer another bold look for any day of the week.

But if you’re wearing your own unique vintage jewelry, whether or not it falls in line with runway fashion, you’re boldly setting your own trend, reminds Mendoza.

“Wearing vintage jewelry will open doors for people to be very individual and over-the-top with their accessories. People who don’t normally shop for vintage jewelry will start,” she says. “Vintage really is the only inspirational way to dress nowadays.”