Style & Innovation

Signs Of Summer

Classic diamond hoops, layered necklaces and body chains – here’s your style guide to natural diamond jewellery

Signs Of SummerDiamond earrings & rings by Narayan Jewellers by Ketan & Jatin Chokshi
Diamond earrings & rings by Narayan Jewellers by Ketan & Jatin Chokshi

Ombré sunsets, outdoor picnics and carefree evenings of revelry with loved ones – the onset of summer brings with it new possibilities and perspectives. While the ongoing pandemic might have cast a damper on our plans to enjoy the great outdoors, it doesn’t mean you can’t sit back, stay in and enjoy a little dress-up time of your own. Whether it’s a virtual birthday party, weekend cocktails with family or a zoom event, diamonds are still a girl’s best friend. And the arrival of summer is also the perfect time to pull out your favourites from your  jewellery box by trying out some fresh trends that epitomise the season. Melding the delicate with the dramatic we’ve assembled a guide to the most dazzling combinations of everyday diamond jewels you can sport in the sunny days ahead.

Diamond earrings and necklaces; all Tara Fine Jewellery. Diamond rings; all ORRA. Dress, ‘Malie.

Summer Romance
What’s better than the feeling of being presented with a precious piece of diamond jewellery by a loved one? Romance and diamonds have been synonymous with each other for decades and the most coveted pieces are those that capture a moment timelessly. Encapsulating the carefree feeling of summer romance, minimal pieces have an understated glamour that’s unparalleled. A perfect example is this dancing double-round diamond necklace in 18k yellow gold featuring dangling diamonds –  an evergreen piece that looks great with a cheerful summer dress. Midi rings are having a major moment and are a great way to draw attention to your hands, layer some cute heart-shaped rings with classic diamond bands that come with an adjustable structure, amp up your earring game by picking a contemporary half hoop encrusted with diamonds – a new take on the classic hoop silhouette.

jewelry trends spring summer 2021
Diamond earrings, rings and bracelet; all Narayan Jewellers by Ketan & Jatin Chokshi. Diamond bracelets; both Tara Fine Jewellery. Dress, Yavi.

Dusk to dawn
In many ways, jewellery represents our identity, it’s not mere finery to please the outward eye but is symbolic of our aspirations, emotions and outlook. And it’s the one kind of luxury that ages beautifully and deserves to be celebrated everyday. Beautiful diamond drop earrings bearing rose motifs signify the blossoming of a new season. To preserve the simplicity of the look, pair with charm bracelets and geometrical rings.

Summer Jewellery Trends 2021
Diamond body chain, Tara Fine Jewellery. Diamond bracelet, ORRA. Diamond rings; all ORRA. Bandeau bikini top, Studio Verandah. Sheer shirt and bottoms; both Urvashi Kaur.

The Great Escape
The arrival of summer comes with the promise of weekend getaways and staycations – a time to unwind, relax and exhale. The soothing sounds of the waves, cool sand between your feet, a plunge into the pool to beat the heat – these are priceless moments that we all crave amidst the daily hustle. Contrary to what you might think, diamonds aren’t restricted to adorning only the neck, wrists or ears, a  body chain speckled with star-shaped motifs and diamonds evokes the sensual side of luxury, and is the perfect jewelled accessory for your swimwear. The fluidity of the ocean is mirrored in finger rings featuring moving diamond chains. The bracelets are a play on beachy wristlets and come bearing adjustable toggles with dangling charms, these look great stacked with your other everyday pieces. The fluency of these pieces is wonderfully juxtaposed with a geometric diamond earring.

jewelry trends summer 2021
18K white gold diamond encrusted earrings, Tara Fine Jewellery. Diamond necklace, ORRA. From top: Diamond cuffs; Narayan Jewellers. Diamond cuff, Her Story. Our right: Diamond ring, Her Story. Our left: Diamond ring, Her Story. Diamond ring, Tara Fine Jewellery. Handcut embroidery shirt, ‘Malie. Trousers, Shop Staple.

A vision in white
What better way to elevate your pristine summer whites than with statement diamond pieces crafted in white gold? If ‘go big or go home’ is your motto when it comes to buying jewellery, these beautiful diamond encrusted horn earrings in 18k white gold are equal parts fierce and sophisticated. You can choose to go chunky with your arm candy and stack up diamond-encrusted cuffs bearing floral motifs for an impactful look. To take that boss-girl vibe tones heights, how about a tiara for your fingers? This statement midi ring is a great way to mix things up if you’re bored of the typical silhouettes, you can always pair it with more pared down pieces for a perfect balance.

summer 2021 jewelry trends
18K rose gold and diamond earrings, necklace and bracelet; all Her Story. 18K gold and diamond ring, Tara Fine Jewellery. Dress, Little Things Studio.

Cocktails at sunset
Fine jewellery that breaks convention should be on your mind for your next purchase. While classics always stand the test of time, some dramatic pieces are definite conversation starters. So, for the next event that beckons you to dress to the nines and finally show that summer ensemble the light of day, your jewellery shouldn’t just compliment, it should stand out. A lariat necklace spangled with statement diamonds is just what you need to style a plunging neckline with a matching tennis bracelet. Draw attention to your ears with a cool pair of asymmetrical earrings featuring trillion-cut diamonds set like pyramids. Designed to be visually balanced, one earring is an ear cuff, artistically engineered for comfort, while the other is an ear stud. And last but not the least, a ring with spherical baubles redefines the idea of a ‘rock’ and is here to ensure all eyes are on you.

jewelry trends spring summer 2021
Silk scarf, Pari Pari. 18K gold and diamond earrings and necklace; both ORRA. Diamond bracelet, 18K rose and white gold diamond and pink sapphire ring; both Tara Fine Jewellery. Dress, stylist’s own.

Midsummer’s dream
For most of us, our teens have been a fascinating period of discovering friendships, developing crushes and coming into our own. There’s an endearing sense of innocence and several fond memories that harken back to these early years, and if you’ve been a ‘girly’ girl you’ve definitely owned a heart shaped pendant, and shuttling into adulthood allows you to own an uber luxe version of your yesteryear memento. A heart motif pendant layered with a smaller one and a barely there diamond necklace lends an air of femininity. Classic diamond hoops and a double line diamond bracelet featuring a row of claw set diamonds and a row of pave set round diamonds side by side add to the harmony of the look. Perfect the art of layering by stacking up multi-hued diamond rings.

Even if this might not be the way you usually spend your lazy summer days, the foundation of diamonds that can be sported daily is deeply rooted in their versatile design. Summer equates to happy days with close ones, whether in the city or the lost expanses of nature. So whether you’re drawn to delicate pieces or are maximal with your personal style, choose a style that encapsulates summer for you, this time in the comfort of your home.

Photographs: Pretika Menon
Production & Video: By The Gram
Styling: Divya Gursahani
Styling assisted by: Nishtha Parwani
HMU: Riddhima Sharma
Model: Virken Raina/Inega