Happy faces: we’re all smiles about this joyful jewellery trend

There’s plenty to smile about this Autumn, as jewellery designers bring cartoonish countenances to their designs. From necklaces with Smartphone emojis to gem-studded smiley face pendants and pearly earrings daubed with comically creepy caricatures, this season’s style mantra is ‘grin and wear it’.

Smiley jewellery earrings, with happy and sad faces
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Jiwinaia: There’s something spooky about the Milan-based jewellery label’s most recent collection –  new to Dover Street Market London this Autumn. Korea-born Marisa Jiwi Seok’s latest offering features freshwater pearl earrings hand-painted with bright enamel. Pairs resemble floating ghosts or freaky frowning clowns. Boo! 

Happy & Sad Clown Chunky Earrings in 18-ct gold plated rhodium and brass with baroque pearls hand-painted with enamel, by Jiwinaia

Wald: Berlin-based Joyce Binneboese and Dana Roski first came to our attention with their range of beachcombed jewellery pieces, featuring crystal embellished shell necklaces and earrings. Wald’s latest capsule collection features DIY-focused styles strung with pearls, colourful pebbles and 1990s smiley face beads, the ultimate in raving revelry.

Smiley Dude Pearl Necklace, by Wald

Wald Smiley Dude Pearl Necklace

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Alison Lou: Got an affection for your emoji keyboard? We suggest you splurge on one of Alison Lou’s series of pendant charm necklaces, each of which charts a different emotional facial reaction, from a suggestive wink to a scintillating smooch. Our favourite is the Angry Face pendant, for when you’re keen to channel your rage through an uplifting smattering of pavé rubies.

Angry face necklace in 14-ct gold with pavé rubies, by Alison Lou

Alison Lou Angry face necklace

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