uiet luxury has been the most buzzed about fashion theme in a long while. On the catwalks in New York, Milan and Paris eclectic collections were suddenly clean and classic. Collections already in that mode, leaned further into the style. All of this fashion news is great for jewelry, because quiet luxury doesn’t work without loud jewelry.
All of this fashion news is great for jewelry, because quiet luxury doesn’t work without loud jewelry.Fernando Jorge
As denizens of jewelry-land, a realm of sparkling gems and bright precious metals, you may be wondering what exactly is quiet luxury? Boiled down, its clothes with no logos, made of the finest fabrics. It is elevated essentials. The movement has also been dubbed stealth wealth.
Some say quiet luxury was ignited by the attire seen on HBO’s Succession. Quiet luxury also syncs up with the 1990s revival and what was called minimalism. There is an eco-conscious spin to the movement too that touts: buy less, but better.
No matter how you see it, as I mentioned up top, the fashion doesn’t work without loud jewelry. The way I am using the term loud jewelry equals bold and gold. Impactful platinum pieces are even more in the deluxe mode. If a jewel has gems, they are diamonds. In the same way quiet lux clothes don’t have prints, loud jewels are not set with colored stones.
Loud jewelry is about making an exclamation point on an ensemble. Gwyneth Paltrow illustrated exactly what I mean during her ski crash trial in Park City Utah. The Goop Founder sported deluxe low-key attire with impossible-to-miss jewels.
He makes it look easy, but its not. The curves in FERNANDO JORGE’S look effortless. The scale and proportions of his pieces are perfection. Getting these qualities right are what separate the good designers from the great ones.
Fernando does it again and again, year in and out. Celebrities that know something about style choose his jewels for special moments. There are too many to name here.
I’ll just say the last one to shut down the red carpet in Fernando’s earrings was Jennifer Lopez at the May 10 premiere of her Netflix thriller The Mother. The actress paired the jewels with a beige suit from uber quiet luxury label Brunello Cucinelli.
At first glance jewels in the BECK collection look like stunning sculptural minimalist creations, but once you find out about the designer’s life story you realize how soulful and personal they are. Designer Rebecca Zeijdel-Paz draws on her childhood growing up on the Dutch Caribbean island, Curaçao for her work.
La Ola, the Spanish name of the Beck undulating gold cuff and ring, means wave. The gorgeously crafted creations flow over the body with big wave energy and carry the heft of an important piece of jewelry.
Legendary French naval explorer Jacques Cousteau as well as the “laid back elegance” of Rebecca’s beloved homeland inspired the Beck Scúba diamond and gold ring. The high-profile piece could be a landscape or an arty take on 1970s diving goggles.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Rachel Weisz and Meghan Markle—women known for their quiet luxury ways before the mode had a name—have all been spotted in TABAYER jewelry recently.
The collection from Nigora Tokhtabayeva is almost industrial in its bold simplicity. Yet there is movement to it. The parts curl around the wrist and swirl on top of the hand.
The jewelry is so bold you can put on one piece and be done accessorizing. With the A-list that has already caught on to the collection, it seems clear the future for Tabayer is bright.
Mike Joseph Jewellery
Aesthetically powerful and thought provoking, designer Mike Saatji of Mike Joseph Jewelry makes unforgettable statement jewelry. The chains of a rebel and the lines of Mondrian are two design cues that he transformed into complete and singular collections.
Then there is the masterful Eclipse collection rendered in yellow gold and white enamel as well as white gold and black enamel.
For Mike the geometric openwork of the bold forms in the jewels represent uncertainty and loss and a new path coming out of darkness. I am not sure what could be a louder statement on reality and hope than that.