Jewellery Trends: Winter 2013-14

This season is all about making a statement. Forget delicate necklaces and the bohemian chic of the summer, if you’re looking to add to your jewellery box, then oversized regal is the key phrase to be thinking about. Here’s what you should be looking for in each of the main jewellery categories:

Chains

Big, chunky chains have been spotted numerous times on the catwalk this season, and are essential to get the statement look. Both silver and gold are in fashion, and you can wear these pieces round your neck and wrists. If you want, you can also go for a grungy look with several worn chains around your wrist. Aged metal can look good if paired with the right clothes, and if you choose this style, then stick with vintage shops rather than buying a new-but-aged item. Save yourself some money and be authentic.

Earrings

Again, we’re going for big and bold. Huge chandelier-style earrings are particularly popular, as are excessive hanging crosses that look like they belong in the Crown Jewels. Of course, it’s not recommended to wear these large earrings if you’re also going with a chunky chain round your neck; choose one or the other to avoid looking top-heavy.

Brooches

If it’s bright gold or silver, and looks like it might weigh you down, then you’ve probably got the right idea. Statement brooches work best when your top is relatively plain – this way you avoid looking too busy, and the brooch becomes a focal point. Tribal and serpentine designs have been popular on the catwalk, from the likes of Versace and Roberto Cavalli. Again, metals are going to work best here, although bright rocks and pearls have been seen.

Rings

Signet rings are definitely in with this season’s style. While they aren’t as common as they might once have been, you can still find plenty in vintage shops. If you want something a little more personal, you can have them custom made with your own design. Oversized pearls and big rocks are also a good choice, as are layered rings and knuckleduster-style pieces.

When putting any of these pieces together, remember not to let things become too cluttered. The effect of an oversized item of jewellery is lessened if you wear too many, so be sparing. The catwalks have seen mainly monochrome clothing so far, which looks especially good against metallic accessories.