Perhaps more than any other sect of the fashion world, jewelry is divided into two camps: timeless luxury items and quirky, trendy pieces. The precious metals and gems of fine jewelry can appear stuffy and boring to the more eclectic-minded, while loyal followers of Tiffany & Co might turn up their noses at the wilder side of unpolished stones and poppy designs. It's a sad tale, and never the 'twain shall meet...until now! Thanks to Japanese fine jewelry line Hirotaka
, polished materials take on whimsical new forms in the latest collection. The lookbook itself is as cool as the jewelry, covered in doodles by the designer himself, Hirotaka Inoue
. The same cultish monsters and symbols jump out of the ink and into the motifs of the jewelry itself. Larger-than-life pendants resemble gilded slugs, and cartoonish lizards hang upside-down from a delicate chain. The collection also includes a fair share of simple gold bangles, and the evil-eye makes an appearance or two. If you're turned off by gold, you've nothing to fear—Hirotaka uses a deep, brushed version that takes on an almost bronze hue in the right light, and though some of the pieces do have a blinged-out feel, they're far from gaudy. The darkly comical necklaces, bracelets, and earrings breathe new, rarified air into a material that had grown tired and overly ubiquitous. So, go for the gold, and you're sure to come out on top!