With the latest round of Covid restrictions beginning to fall away, it’s time we get glam again.
Make the most personal jewellery ever with your friends’ and family’s fingerprints.
Get glitzy gnashers with glorious tooth gems.
And keep eco-conscious with sustainable earrings.
We’ve shared our pick of the best jewellery trends you need to know about ahead.
It’s not just diamonds that are forever
Thanks to a surge in demand for sentimental bonds, gold chains are the being welded – not worn – by customers who are getting delicate chains lasered onto their wrists, ankles, necks and fingers.
Italian brand Atelier VM, who will pop a welded bracelet on you at Liberty from between £210 and £390, claim to have invented bonded jewellery back in 2014 – but the trend is now increasingly popular with best pals, siblings and couples looking for something to signify their everlasting bond.
The service, also available at London jewellery stores Astrid & Miyu and The Alkemistry, is quick, taking an average of around 15 minutes using next-gen new welding machines.
Most places will also repair your trinket for free, if you need to snip it off for a medical procedure or an MRI. Best to hope nobody tries to rob you for your jewellery, however…
Katy Perry sports a tooth gem at a Beverly Hills bash last year (Picture: Jon Kopaloff/WireImage,)
Kourtney Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Katy Perry all love glitzy gnashers, a look which has swung back into fashion courtesy of a broader YTK resurgence.
Pinterest searches for tooth gems are up 85%, and you can even buy self-adhesive tooth gems in Claire’s Accessories for a tenner.
Proper gems, applied by a professional, can last between six months and five years.
Tooth gems have deep roots in Hispanic and Hip-Hop culture – ancient Mayan Kings and Queens would even drill holes in their teeth and fill them with jade.
Nowadays, however, they are massive on TikTok, where some people film themselves using nail glue or even superglue to apply tooth gems – do NOT try this at home.
Be careful you don’t bite off more than you can chew – many dentists are highly cautious about tooth gems, which can potentially wear enamel or disrupt proper teeth cleaning.
Sweet, unique, and a tiny bit CSI – we’re all over it
The 2022 equivalent of carrying a lock of your lover’s hair in a locket? Sporting their fingerprint on a necklace or ring.
Brands offering this bespoke service include Auree (£395) and Noémie Eśka (from £135), although various Etsy sellers can make you something much cheaper.
Fingerprint rings make a quirky alternative to wedding bands, and the trend is particularly popular with parents wanting to keep a little reminder of their children close to their hearts.
Carrie Johnson, for example, has been pictured wearing a Philippa Herbert necklace, seemingly engraved with her son Wilf’s fingerprint.
While more of us than ever are making eco-conscious fashion choices, it’s sometimes easy to forget about the waste created by fast jewellery trends.
Luckily, plenty of gorgeous brands such as Daisy London and Astrid & Miyu are now embracing recycled metals – in particular to make gold vermeil jewellery.
Plus, while vintage jewellery has always been available, boutique websites now make hunting for pre-loved treasures an uncomplicated joy.
Pi London, Annina Vogel, Susan Caplan and Joanie’s Jewels are all great places to browse for clean, covetable and original trinkets.
Silver lining: Pop superstar Rihanna (Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage)
It used to be that you were a gold gal or a silver sister, with the decision being at least partly dictated by the amount you had to spend.
Then, at some point before the Millennium, silver fell totally out of favour.
Now the metal is well and truly back on the fashion map, in part because of the (seemingly never-ending) nineties revival.
Designers such as Alexander McQueen and Tory Burch sent models down the S/S22 runways in silver pieces, while celebs such as Rihanna and Beyonce have been layering on the silver charms.
Monica Vinader has a huge selection of 100 percent recycled sterling silver, while second hand shops are awash with it – or perhaps there’s something you’ve forgotten you loved at the back of your jewellery box.
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