The Jewelry Amping Up Our Holiday Ensembles This Year
18 festive finds in their seasonal collections.
The holiday season provides the perfect excuse to turn up the volume just about everywhere. This is a time for gaudy decor, nonstop social merriment, and a general indulgence across all categories. Speaking of festivities, not all of us stock a full-blown soiree-ready wardrobe, but jewelry is one place where extravagance is a bit easier. A simple ensemble instantly becomes festive with the addition of a glittering earring or a sculptural cuff. Below, we’ve asked our staffers to round up the pieces in their jewelry collection they gravitate towards throughout the holiday season.
Leya Kaufman, Head of Brand, Publisher & SVP of Sales
Statement rings will undoubtedly make a case for fingerless gloves this holiday season. This CHANEL Coco Crush piece would also look perfect adorning a hand that’s casually sipping hot cocoa in the afternoon or toasting with a glass of champagne before midnight. I think I need it!
Every winter, I find my way back to turtlenecks and bold earrings. This year, I’d love to upgrade my classic hoops to this romantic rose gold faceted pair. They’re classic with an edge and they’ll catch just enough light to sparkle without being too flashy to wear for a series of upcoming daytime holiday events.
I’m also always looking for jewelry that will command attention from holiday cocktail parties to date nights at home. This maximalist take on a tennis necklace will do the trick. I’ve already styled it a number of ways in my head. I could rock it just as easily with a formal LBD as a leather jacket or a ribbed knit loungewear set.
Sasha Alexander, Brand Partnerships
I just treated myself to Mondo Mondo’s Heart Charm Necklace and am so excited for its holiday debut. Mondo Mondo’s pieces are always the perfect combination of romance and nostalgia, and shine especially bright during the holidays.
More hearts and crystals for the kitsch fans, Safsafu’s Eden Love earrings are my go-to for any statement moment year round. Golden hearts with baroque pearls and green, blue, or pink Swarovski crystals will have you feeling extra sparkly. P.S. they’re clip-on, so you can wear them comfortably all night long.
I love an asymmetrical jewelry look and have been eyeing these mismatched charmed pearl drop earrings by Pamela Love. I would pair these with a simple black turtleneck to help them pop and to elevate a more neutral look (hair up for extra attention).
Caroline Dunn, Associate Manager of Affiliate Partnerships & Content Strategy
I have worn both bracelets from this stack every single day since I got them. Embellished with Swarovski crystals, both pieces in the set are so sparkly, ideal for the holidays, and have effectively dressed up several of my otherwise minimalist looks already.
Holiday jewelry is all about adding that little bit of extra sparkle for me, so this pave ear cuff from my beloved Missoma will do just that when paired with my usual all-gold hoop rotation. The brand has also ensured that this piece is created from recycled metals to reduce environmental impact.
I recently found myself feeling like a kid in a candy store at Adinas Jewels’ Soho shop and have been thinking about this CZ pinky ring ever since. While it may not be an everyday piece, you can allow yourself to have a little fun with something costume-y at this price.
Camille Freestone, Associate Style Editor
Though I’m not often big on sparkle, these Vivier masterpieces are a favorite in my collection. I love to pair them with either a sleek all-black look or a crisp white button-down and, of course, a bright red lip (always).
For the holiday season, I gravitate towards jewelry that ups the ante without sacrificing my own personal style. This cuff from exciting new jewelry brand Cast has been a recent fixture on my wrist. It looks great as a standalone piece, but I can also stack it with my black leather watch and a simple gold chain.
In my eyes, pearls are the happy medium between festivity and minimalism. Their perception is a step above gold or silver everyday wear but is not as ostentatious as a flashy gemstone. Plus, they are perfect for day-to-night wear; they won’t feel out of place at the office or a cocktail party.
Porter Simmons, Social Media Associate
I love how easy Roxanne Assoulin’s pieces are to wear, and they’re also great to layer on top of each other. This necklace adds a little glitz and glam to any outfit, just in time for the holidays. It’s also a great price point for holiday gifts.
Charlotte Chesnais is just as much an artist as she is a jeweler. I’m fascinated by the architectural quality of every one of her pieces, and they are the perfect sleek addition to a minimalist look. I’ve been eyeing these Looping earrings for more than a year now and this holiday season may be the one where I finally cave.
I stumbled across this brand on Instagram and am so glad I did; each piece is so unique but also easy to wear. I am a big ring person and love the organic shapes of these. They’re perfect for stacking and easily fit in with an already adorned hand.
Gina Marinelli, Features Editor
I’m not a traditional pearls kind of girl, but I have always loved the way Matthew Harris of Mateo works with baroque pearls in modern settings. These drop earrings are such a statement piece and would even look so chic paired with a cashmere turtleneck or a cozy knit set for a laid-back holiday celebration.
As much as I love cocktail rings, the new twist collection by The Last Line has statement pieces that I can see myself wearing for both a fancy affair and everyday, too. It’s a little chunky, a little sparkly, and will fit right in with the rest of the daintier gold jewelry I tend to wear.
I wouldn’t call myself a magpie, but I’m certainly not immune to jewelry that’s all about showcasing shiny, sparkly diamonds. And for special occasions, this simple but stunning tennis necklace by Stone and Strand is just the kind of piece I want to wear with a party dress, and even add into a stack with two or three other gold chain necklaces in varying lengths.
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