Rock solid: This season even the most understated jewelry has impact
May 20, 2016
Rock solid: This season even the most understated jewelry has impact

Maybe it complements the intricate floral lace detailing of a pair of trousers or perfectly accentuates an elegant neckline. Carefully selected jewelry is as essential to a formal ensemble as the right pair of shoes and a professional hairstyle.

This season's runway-inspired jewelry trends include rose gold, floral details, personal jewelry and stackable pieces.

Popular for several seasons and seen in the spring issues of fashion magazines, rose gold has become so high on customers' wish lists that brands such as Tiffany & Co. are rolling out entire collections available only in rose gold and not in traditional yellow gold, silver or platinum.

One of the world's most prestigious makers, Van Cleef & Arpels, has a new store in River Oaks District that is the brand's first in Texas. This month, the anticipated Bouton d'Or collection arrived, the maison's reinterpretation of the "paillette" motif it first introduced in the 1930s. The intricate collection, set in rose gold, is inspired by the historic art of couture and is a bold mix of mother of pearl carnelian and diamonds.

Nearby in the same shopping center, Chopard has rose gold selections available in three of its ultra-luxury collections including Happy Dreams, Happy Hearts and Happy Diamonds

"Growing up in the '80s it was all about yellow gold," said Kyle Anderson, market and accessories director at Marie Claire magazine. "In the '90s we couldn't get enough of silver, platinum and white gold. Now for the past few seasons, rose gold feels fresh and modern, especially to younger shoppers."

Whether it's an assortment of complementing rose gold pieces or a mix of high-end and costume metals, another trend on the rise is delicate jewelry that can be stacked. Women are layering multiple necklaces in varying lengths and stacking more than one ring on a finger.

"It used to be just about the 'arm party,' but now everyone wants multiples of everything," said local stylist Kate Stukenberg"Women are getting their ears pierced multiple times and it looks tasteful - not crazy rock-and-roll."

Stukenberg referenced popular California jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer, who is married to A-list actor Tobey Maguire. By being photographed in her subtle pieces, Meyer's high-profile friends have helped her brand grow. The designer is well known for her delicate gold earring stud sets accented with diamonds, rubies and sapphires.

The "more is more" layering approach allows the wearer to mix pieces she owns with new finds.

Houston-reared designer Candice Pool's Finn jewelry is another brand favored by the Hollywood set. Fans collect her pendants and other pieces, making memorable fashion statements by donning whimsical shapes.

Kathleen Jennings, founder and CEO of BeautyNow, said she has enjoyed layering jewelry this spring.

"I have dainty pave diamond pieces I wear every day and never take them off, not even in the shower. At night, I just layer more on top," she said.

Spring's popular apparel colors of coral and red are also evident in jewelry. Oscar de la Renta's expansive, playful jewelry line has long been known for its bold use of color. Trademark pieces in the line are brightly colored tassel earrings and floral-accented necklaces.

Jennings said if she chooses to wear a single necklace, she chooses one with a pop of color.

"It's wonderful to create a statement and change up your same old little black dress," she said. "It looks like a completely different dress."

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