Jewelry made of simple shapes has been cycling in and out of fashion for centuries, and it’s currently in vogue with designers and fashionistas.
Geometric jewelry, which is how style watchers refer to this trend, is made of basic design elements like triangles, squares, and ovals. Necklaces, pendants, and earrings somehow become greater than the sum of their parts, turning them into bold statement pieces.
This style is found across centuries and cultures, evidence that these patterns are universally pleasing. The theory is that certain patterns remind us of beautiful things in nature that create peace of mind, like snowflakes and leaves.
Geometric jewelry was extremely popular during the Art Deco era (1920s – 1930s). With skyscrapers arising in cities and airplanes whisking travelers across the country, a new style of jewelry was needed for a new era. Bold geometric patterns set with diamonds and colored stones in contrasting primary colors captured the spirit of this progressive time.
Geometric design experienced a revival during the 1960s and 1970s, and is once again having its moment in the sun.
The necklace pictured below caught the eye of GIA staff who attended JCK Las Vegas 2014, the jewelry industry’s largest event in the U.S. They admired the simplicity of the design – it’s just squares, rectangles, and triangles with an oval drop – and the unusual color palette. Browns and grays are not the typical hues you’ll find in statement pieces.
If you’re looking for a reason to splurge on geometric jewelry, research indicates that certain patterns can “reduce stress levels by as much as 60 percent.” Now there’s a simple solution to a complicated challenge: enjoy more geometric jewelry, and watch your stress levels start to drop.
For your viewing enjoyment, we’ve singled out a few of pieces with stunning design patterns below. Which one is your favorite?
Ancient or edgy? This piece of pre-Columbian jewelry looks ultra-modern. The repetitive pattern cut in the simple shapes are all the more impressive considering that the artist didn’t even use a saw. The final piece is raw and powerful.
Geometric doesn’t necessarily mean repetitive. This bracelet by Thistle & Bee is made of shapes evoking a honeycomb. GIA staff spotted it at JCK Las Vegas 2014, so it may be the start of a trend.
The “Esmeraldas Tequila Sunrise” necklace is made of emerald, sunstone, and brown diamonds. Notice how the shape of the emerald in the center is surrounded by more round emeralds and this outline is repeated by the band of gold circling the piece, and how the two large, intersecting triangles create numerous smaller triangles.
Take a look at Miriam Mirna Korolkovas’ “Cocar” necklace made of anodized niobium and titanium, and you’ll see that it is made of two simple shapes: rectangles and the oval collar upon which they hang. “Cocar” looks both tribal and futuristic. Part of the Brazilian Jewelry Collection.