As spring ushers in new warm-weather trends, you may first be thinking about sandals and floaty dresses. But, an unexpected — yet equally important — place to start is with the new spring jewelry trends for 2019. Largely because baubles are an easy way to give your style a spring refresh without having to completely change things up. Add a colorful beaded earring or oversized signet to your go-to jeans and tee combination, and your look can feel completely different.
As of late, statement earrings and shell jewelry have become the standout pieces of the season — favored by editors and influencers alike. But that doesn’t mean you should count out minimalistic jewelry and sculptural pieces as solid options for the months ahead too. To help you navigate the next big trends when it comes to earrings, rings, necklaces, and bracelets, a few of the industry's coolest jewelry brand owners are here to give their expertise. First, they deftly share the freshest industry trends to know, but also reveal the styles of the past few seasons that you should hang on to as well. No matter what tops, dresses, and shoes you're stocking up on for the season ahead, make sure to style them with the cool jewelry options below.
Jill Martinelli And Sabine Le Guyader, Lady Grey
New York-based designers Martinelli and Le Guyader of jewelry brand Lady Grey say their Spring/Summer 2019 collection plays off of a few of their favorite trends: layered pendants and elevated hoops. “We love wearing casual separates and easy dresses in spring, and the best way to make them a look is by adding a few gold chain necklaces or a really interesting pair of hoops,” say Martinelli. “Our favorites from the collection are the link pendant necklace layered with the cleft necklace and the thru hoops or the latch earring.” The two designers also suggest styling this easy combination with your favorite basics. “We love these with a plain white t-shirt and a pair of vintage Levi’s for day time,” they add. “It’s the best way to wear lots of jewelry and keep it effortlessly cool.”
After the success of the lucite trend last spring, Martinelli and Le Guyader are carrying the cool style over to 2019. “It's a fun way to add color, and it’s so lightweight you can go bold without being weighed down – literally,” Martinelli notes. “This season we’re offering translucent emerald green, as well as clear Lucite pieces. We form it all by hand in our studio so the pieces are really individual and special.”
Christina Tung, SVNR
“I really like getting into the summer spirit with casual statement earrings that are a little bit beachy, but can be worn day and night," explains Tung, founder and designer of SVNR. Specifically she points out warm-weather motifs, “I really love colorful stones and shells,” she explains. “One of the best sellers this spring so far is the Dakar earring. We've been getting nonstop orders for that specific style."
Seashells anklets will also be in Tung’s spring bauble collection. "I think that anklets are super cute with dresses,” she says. “My personal summer uniform is a slip dress, sneakers or sandals, and then shell earrings. It's definitely a statement, but doesn't feel out of place in a causal or fancier setting.”
Since it's debut, SVNR has had a mix and match philosophy, as all of the brand's earrings are sold as singles. “You can decide to buy a pair that you like, but also have the ability to get creative and mix a stud with one of the longer earrings. Or play around with the different colors and stones. That's something I think [SVNR] will always have.”
Kym Ellery, Ellery
Rather than sporting a specific style this spring, Australian designer Kym Ellery is choosing to wear jewelry a bit unconventionally. “I love to wear pieces differently from how they were intended to be worn,” she says. “I like to think that the Ellery woman is always breaking boundaries, so I will be wearing asymmetric earrings and contrasting colored-pairs.” But, earrings are not the only jewelry in which you can easily mix and match. “I also love mixing high and low, like stacking gold and silver bracelets alongside string friendship bracelets,” she notes.
When it comes to inspiration for this season, Ellery focuses on sculptural designs in rich gold. “I consider jewelry pieces wearable art. I love items that are classic, but also have an unexpected twist,” the designer says. “Our Spring 2019 collection features hand dipped ombré earrings and pieces encrusted with Swarovski crystals, baroque pearls, splattered paint, blended textures, and sculptural shapes.”
Fiona Morrison, Wolf Circus
Fiona Morrison, founder and designer of Vancouver-based Wolf Circus, focused on tapping into a sense of nostalgia. “For Spring/Summer 2019 we did oversized pearl and statement chain necklaces with a little flower detail. Also, lots of redefined every day basics like architectural hoops, chain anklets, and some men's inspired rings.”
While metal chains and pearls were both focuses of the current collection, Morrison suggests adding color into the mix as well. “For necklaces, mix colored beads and pendants. I love layering our oversized pearl necklace with a playful statement chain and our favorite pendant.” And as for rings, the designer suggests testing out new shapes including thick stackers.