Symmetry is soothing. From the ice crystals of a snowflake, the patterns on the wings of a butterfly and the perfect hexagons of honeycomb – nature has always had a tendency towards order. So, it’s only natural then that our brains do too. In fact, we are biologically predisposed to be attracted to those objects that are more symmetrical.
In jewellery the use of straight lines and geometry dates back thousands of years to the Mayans and the Aztecs. Simple shapes such as round, square and triangle, coupled with a pared back design aesthetic resulted in abstract and eye-catching creations that evoked a sense of beauty and order. Since then, the geometric influence in jewels has spanned centuries and cultures, most notably inspiring the Art Deco movement, the iconic aesthetic which emerged during the years between the two world wars.
Today, designers across the world are pushing the boundaries once again with their creations featuring complex geometrics and elaborate shapes and forms.
New York based Taffin, never ceases to amaze with their witty and innovative use of precious gemstones and unusual materials. Their stunning bracelet set with a combination of coloured and colourless diamonds in rubber and platinum is minimal yet luxurious – a modern and ingenious way to incorporate the trend. Amayra has a more delicate take on the design with their lattice-work diamond cuff set with 8.78 carats of brilliant diamonds and set in 18 karat gold, makes an easy style statement that can easily be worn to any occasion. For a more everyday option, Lebanese jewellery house Yeprem continues to push the boundaries of creativity with their 18 karat rose and white gold geometric diamond bracelet. Featuring pavé set diamonds on interconnected prisms, the bracelet is a fun and unusual take on an otherwise classic diamond jewellery design.
Stay In Shape
ORRA’s Desired collection balances hard angles but with a touch of femininity and whimsy by setting dazzling diamonds in rose gold. Take their DESIRED diamond geometric statement ring featuring overlapping triangles set against angular lines of sparkling diamonds, a light and easy way to make a statement. In contrast, Candere, a Kalyan Jewellers Company looked to squares for inspiration with their modern diamond ring featuring prong-set diamonds coupled with three-tonal gold.
Not So Square
Tallin, the Jaipur-based jewellery brand often takes inspiration from the Art Deco movement in their collections. Their diamond, onyx and emerald earrings feature over-lapping triangles set against emerald and baguette-cut gemstones on yellow gold. Nandita Jhaveri, known for her ability to fuse traditional techniques with contemporary diamond designs, has created shoulder-grazing earrings featuring concentric circles of diamonds and white gold connected by a single diamond bar – elegant and eye-catching. Hollywood celebrity favourite, The House of Umrao’s Rocky Crystal Gatsby earrings feature diamond, onyx and sapphire baguettes set on crystal – perfectly marrying traditional Art Deco design with a contemporary approach.
Forevermark’s Solitaire Star Tassel Pendant from their Artemis collection features stars and diamonds, surrounding a sparkling solitaire, and encased within a pavé diamond ring creating a celestial and ethereal take on the geometric diamond jewellery design trend. For a more down-to-earth look try HerStory’s Limitless Link Necklace. Influenced by the towering skyscrapers of New York, the collection features dramatic edges and faceted diamonds resulting in a modern and graphic take on the trend.
From mesmerising concentric circles, to basic design elements like triangles, squares, and ovals used in unusual settings, designers are playing with pure forms and taking geometric design to new places.