Editors

Couture Jewelry Trend: The New Chandelier Earring

EditorsJun 20, 2018

Couture Jewelry Trend: The New Chandelier Earring

For years, mix-and-match studs have stolen the show. Now, contemporary designers are focusing on bolder earring styles, writes Associate Editor Ashley Davis.

David Yurman “Novella” earrings in 18-karat yellow gold with blue topaz, tanzanite and diamonds ($5,200)

For years, mix-and-match studs have stolen the show. Now, contemporary designers are focusing on bolder earring styles.

At the Couture jewelry trade show, concluded earlier this month in Las Vegas, several designers were embracing high-impact looks courtesy of chandelier earrings, and they weren’t just the usual suspects.

For Sylva & Cie, Irene Neuwirth and David Webb, a great pair of statement chandeliers can always be found in their showcases, but even designers who don’t typically favor the silhouette have been putting their own spin on the style.

Margery Hirschey is a fan of a statement earring and, as of late, has been churning out loads of chandelier styles. She debuted several new geometric, mobile-like examples at the jewelry trade show in her signature organic touch.

Many of the whimsical pieces featured different shapes and sizes of the hand-cut gemstones Hirschey favors—particularly of the emerald and ruby variety, as the designer often works with Gemfields--which make the chandelier feel modern and irreverent.


Margery Hirschey 22-karat yellow gold earrings with emeralds ($18,700)

Lito’s Lito Karakostanoglou is a forerunner of the current jewelry trend. Every few seasons, Karakostanoglou veers in a totally new artistic direction and her gem-laden chandeliers represent her latest.

The collection, which centers on cascading gemstones and also includes necklaces, combines stones like aquamarine, tourmaline, moonstone, iolite and tanzanite with warm yellow gold and thin baroque pearls that lend an almost primitive touch.

Speaking of primitive, Vram designer Vram Minassian made the trending earring silhouette the star of his third collection, “Continuum 3,” which was inspired by the prehistoric era.

Never too literal, it’s also chockful of ridiculously luscious gemstones that make the collection feel ultra-glamorous and red carpet ready. Minassian’s chandeliers are visually striking in part because of their color; several hues of a particular stone like purple sapphire or brown zircon give an ombre effect.

Below, see several eye-catching styles from Couture-exhibiting designers who are breathing new life into the jewelry trend.

Ashley Davisis the senior editor, fashion at National Jeweler, covering all things related to design, style and trends.

The Latest

Recorded WebinarsMay 07, 2021
Watch: The Office Called, It Wants You Back

As more people prepare to return to work, two JVC attorneys discuss vaccines, health screenings, permanent remote work, and more.

Events & AwardsMay 07, 2021
Here’s the Latest on Health, Safety Measures for JCK Las Vegas

They include temperature screenings, a “no handshakes, no hugs” policy, and more.

CollectionsMay 07, 2021
Muzo Colombian Emeralds Debuts E-Commerce, New Collection

It’s the famed emerald miner’s first entirely shoppable website.

Brought to you by
How to Engage and Sell to Millennials

Millennials were once feared in the diamond industry, but now this younger generation has become today’s largest diamond buying demographic.

IndependentsMay 07, 2021
JA Promotes Fine Jewelry for Mother’s Day

The trade organization showcased members’ jewelry on more than 30 morning shows across the U.S.

Weekly QuizApr 29, 2021
This Week's Quiz
Test your knowledge of jewelry news from the week of May 3-7, 2021.
Take the Quiz
TrendsMay 07, 2021
Piece of the Week: Brent Neale’s Emerald Knot Ring

It pairs May’s birthstone with bright turquoise.

Policies & IssuesMay 06, 2021
US Economy Could See Fastest Growth Since the ‘80s

The National Retail Federation expects it to grow nearly 7 percent in 2021 as businesses reopen and consumer confidence continues to rise.

Brought to you by
A New Golden Age

Gold has had its share of ups and downs over the last 5 decades. Here’s why the metal is having another big comeback.

IndependentsMay 06, 2021
Harris Jewelry Closes All Locations

The jeweler will continue to operate online and via phone.

×