When some women think of statement jewellery the thought of massive, chunky designer jewellery usually springs to mind: big, shiny cuff bracelets that get stuck in your sleeves; long, multi-strand necklaces that are easily tangled; shoulder-length chandelier earrings that weigh down your earlobes and uncomfortably large cocktail rings that challenge your overall dexterity. As it turns out, big and heavy jewellery just isn’t for everyone, nor does it have to be.
Of course, not everyone conjures up these images of large pieces as burdens on their bodies, but for those who do, making a statement with their accessories is a bit of an unfortunate challenge.
The new trend among designer jewellery, however, is known as “barely there” jewellery; in honour of those who feel somewhat overdone when trying on the bigger adornments. It’s all about small, fine, dainty pieces that can either be worn on their own in a minimalist manner, or stacked and layered together as an alternative to one bold piece. Midi rings are also very fashionable right now – they are intended to be word midway between the tip of your finger and the first knuckle, or just below that first knuckle. These playful rings are also stackable and can be anything from simple patterned bands (perhaps rope imitation or a twisted band) to more detailed pieces; either way, they should remain elegantly thin and non-bulky. If you are still in love with that one big ring, try adding a midi ring to the same finger for an interesting combination of both trends.
Mixing Metals is no Longer a Sin
We’ve always been told that gold goes with gold only, and the same goes for silver and silver, but thankfully, that’s no longer a rule. When stacking three or five delicate, thin ring bands, it’s ok to bring gold and silver together. Maybe even throw in some rose gold, copper or brass if you feel like it! And instead of stacking them all on top of each other on the same finger, wear one on each finger. The daintiness of the jewellery is what makes it stand out.
The idea is all about layering – you can start out small and gradually build up your layering to see what suits you. Combining the different colours and styles is what you’re after, because layering isn’t just about one item, it’s about the overall look.
You also don’t have to stick with just plain bands, small geometric shapes are very stylish, as are little hearts, knots, twists and twirls.
Embrace your Femininity
Another concept behind the barely there handmade jewellery trend is to counteract the structured, more masculine statement pieces with the delicate and more feminine pieces. A necklace with the first letter of your name, for example, which sits just above or below your collar bone, is both chic and personal; from a distance it might not make a big “statement”, but from up close it certainly makes an impact and is spotted immediately; it isn’t shouting “look at me, look at me!”, it’s much more of a softer and more subtle touch.