Surreal deal: have fun with 2021’s jewellery trends

Post-lockdown, jewellers are experimenting with bold and brilliant forms

Jewellery trends get fun with Francis de Lara and Francesca Villa
(Image credit: Keisuke Otobe)

After a subdued year, we are looking forward to shrugging off the loungewear and picking up all that glitters. Jewellers, too, have put simple forms to one side, having fun with jewellery which embraces bold colours and unexpected forms. By subverting traditional silhouettes and playing with surreal themes, this year’s jewellery is bigger, bolder and more fun than ever.

Anything goes for this year’s jewellery trend

Graphic forms are the order of the day for jewellers who weave intricate forms in precious metals, for hypnotising results. Buccellati knit rich historical references into yellow and white gold webs in the Hawaii earrings, while Louis Vuitton draws their design codes in thick lines of yellow gold, dotting the angles and curves of the LV Volt cuff in diamonds. In M/G Tasaki’s ‘Sliced’ necklace, the round orbs of freshwater pearls are juxtaposed against the clean cuts which cleave them open.

Jewellery trends get fun with Tasaki pearls

M/G Tasaki ‘Sliced’ necklace in freshwater pearls and yellow gold

(Image credit: Keisuke Otobe)

Jewellery trends get fun with Roberto Coin

Roberto Coin ‘Octopus’ ring in rose gold with diamonds and black sapphires

(Image credit: Keisuke Otobe)

For Bernardaud, the form is softer, but the yellow zing of the Alba ring in enamelled porcelain makes for a cheerful adornment. Nyyukin feather the slim curve of a bracelet in polished steel with a textured yellow inlay, while Marion Vidal, too, flirts with textures. Her brightly coloured orbs of enamelled ceramic are strung on to a jersey ribbon, while Fabio Salini plays with perceptions in carbon fibre and pink titanium earrings.

In other pieces, surrealist silhouettes make for dream-like jewellery which sidesteps tradition. Samuel François imprints lips into goldened bronze in his Five Kisses necklace and Roberto Coin studs a rose gold octopus in diamonds and black sapphires for a ring made to coil seductively round the finger. Hermès rethink the horse which underpins their cultural heritage, dotting it with black spinels. For Francesca Villa, the Abracadabra necklace in pink gold puts a vintage vari-vue front and centre in a mischievous retelling of a classic fairy tale. Eyewear, too, succumbs to the trend - Francis de Lara, who dangles a red tourmaline apple from snakelike golden arms, makes a very seductive case for some decadent summer specs. 

Jewellery trends get fun with Samuel Francois

Samuel Francois Five Kisses necklace in goldened bronze

(Image credit: Keisuke Otobe)

Jewellery trends get fun with Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton ‘LV Volt’ cuff in 18ct yellow gold with 84 diamonds

(Image credit: Keisuke Otobe)

Jewellery trends get fun with Hermes

Hermès ‘Galop d’Hermès’ double bracelet in rose gold and black spinels

(Image credit: Keisuke Otobe)

Jewellery trends get fun with Bernaurd

Bernardaud ‘Alba’ ring in enamelled porcelain

(Image credit: Keisuke Otobe)

Jewellery trends get fun with Marion Vidal

Marion Vidal ‘Pluton’ necklace in enamelled ceramic with jersey ribbon and brass clasp

(Image credit: Keisuke Otobe)

Jewellery trends get fun with Nyyukin

Nyyukin ‘Character 002’ slim bracelet in polished steel with Moment inlay in Kuma

(Image credit: Keisuke Otobe)

Jewellery trends get fun with Buccellati

Buccellati ‘Hawaii’ diamond necklace in yellow and white gold; ‘Hawaii’ diamond earrings in yellow and white gold

(Image credit: Keisuke Otobe)

Jewellery trends get fun with Fabio Salini

(Image credit: Keisuke Otobe)


A version of this article features in the April 2021 issue of Wallpaper* (W*264), available for free download

Hannah Silver is the Art, Culture, Watches & Jewellery Editor of Wallpaper*. Since joining in 2019, she has overseen offbeat design trends and in-depth profiles, and written extensively across the worlds of culture and luxury. She enjoys meeting artists and designers, viewing exhibitions and conducting interviews on her frequent travels. 

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