No matter the year, trend, or designer du jour, it never takes much to get our fashionable juices pumping with the mention of spring jewelry trends. Like an amazing pair of lace-up wedges or the most coveted new bucket bag, an injection of fresh jewelry can do wonders for waking up a sleepy wardrobe. And this season, there are a handful of themes that have us reshuffling our spring/summer must-haves. From colossal cabochon-style stones to the sexiest tassels and fringe, our favorite spring jewelry trends really run the gamut of wearable art. And if you're wondering if those glorious Dior earrings are too far out of your reach, never fear: As equal opportunity editors, we've assembled a lust-worthy list of amazing options at almost any price-point....yes, this spring, it's bling for all!
1. Big Mixed Cabochon-Style Stones—The last few seasons have been like jewelry on steroids. Not that we'll ever say no to a great statement necklace. But this spring, the Big idea that caught our eye was the use of giant Cabochon-style stones, à la Proenza Schouler and Bottega Veneta. Organic and elegant.
Above, clockwise from top left: Proenza Schouler spring 2011 runway look, photo courtesy of Proenza Schouler; Oscar De La Renta Multi-Stone Bracelet, $475, available at Net-A-Porter; Topshop Enamel Oval Ring, $20, available at Topshop; Rachel Leigh Primrose Bib Necklace, $348, available at Bergdorf Goodman; David Aubrey Willamena Cuff Bracelet, $135, available at Max & Chloe.
2. Tassels & Fringe—Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Dior all seemed to have an Art Deco-meets-'70s moment with the re-imagining of huge, gorgeous tassel earrings and fringe necklaces. We like, and this is one we'll be wearing.
Above, clockwise from top left: Louis Vuitton spring 2011 runway, photo courtesy of Louis Vuitton; Iosselliani Skull Fringe Earrings, $195, available at Barneys New York; Hive & Honey Art Deco Fringe Earrings, $24.99, available at Piperlime; Old Navy Chain Earrings, $7.50, available at Old Navy; Madewell Flapper Fringe Necklace, $62, available at Madewell.
3. Clean & Architectural—Perhaps as a back-lash to all the mixed piled-on pearls, chains, and stones that continue to fill boutiques, Pamela Love, Giles & Brother, and other designers opted for super spare, clean, and almost architectural pieces. And for the OCD or easily distracted, the simplicity is nothing short of refreshing.
4. Plastics & Perspex—The trend toward really childlike, whimsical jewels with a '60s feel always has a place in our wardrobes. So, for spring, we were doubly excited when designers like Karen Walker and Marni turned out fun plastic-fantastic necklaces and wide perspex-like colored cuff bracelets.
5. Rose-Gold—In fashion, it's always a guessing game each season as to who in the metals will prevail: silver or gold? Well, for spring, the more exotic rose-gold is stealing center-stage, with a striking necklace by Eddie Borgo and a surprisingly sophisticated Michael Kors watch taking top honors on our spring/summer wish-list.
Above, clockwise from top left: Eddie Borgo Rose Gold-Plated Labradorite Necklace, $625, available at Net-A-Porter; Made Her Think Talon Rose Gold Vermeil Ring, $149.50, available at Made Her Think; Jules Smith Rock On Earrings, $60, available at Max & Chloe; Michael Kors Glitz Watch, $250, available Michael Kors; House of Harlow 1960 Rose Gold-Plated Stack Ring, $20, available at Endless.