Welcome to a whimsical new
jewelry movement where pieces
are designed for an underlying
sense of unexpectedness, humor and joy.
This trend’s imaginative spirit is easy to love.
The beauty of luxury is that it doesn’t have any obligation to relevancy. Case in point: the new crop of diamond-bejeweled mushrooms, happy faces and other intentionally playful shapes and symbols.
Get ready to have some serious fun.
People want to find joy in their jewels now more than ever and these exuberant styles deliver.
By Jill Newman
Diamonds don’t have to be serious. In fact, some of the best new designs are playful, unexpected conversation pieces that will give you a reason to grin.
Let’s Play defines the new whimsical diamond jewelry movement. These are pieces that can be layered with your classic diamond jewelry for a sense of individuality or worn as singular statement to show the world you have a great sense of humor.
“After a tough 18 months for everybody, these playful jewels put the joy back in life,” says Rachel Garrahan, British Vogue’s jewelry and watch director. “They are for anyone who needs a smile brought to their face.” Who doesn’t want a reason to smile?
Do we need jeweled diamond mushrooms? Yes!
New York-based Brent Neale’s mushroom pendants epitomizes the humorous jewelry spirit by showing precious materials and diamonds in fresh, whimsical and unexpected ways.
“The mushrooms are rooted in the belief that true luxury is unique, surprising and fun,” says Brent Neale Winston, who is making the Magic Mushroom pendants in a range of carved colorful stones, sizes and with sparkling natural diamonds.
“Our Magic Mushroom pendants resonate with our clients because of what they represent, which is the childlike belief that anything is possible and as adults we lose that a bit,” she explains. “The mushrooms were originally launched in our “Down the Rabbit Hole” collection, inspired by Alice in Wonderland and the playful magic of make-believe worlds.”
Diamond Jewelry as a Mood Booster
Imaginative jewelry designers recognize the power of lighthearted designs to make people happy. From Ofira’s diamond ruby lips rings and Lorraine Schwartz’s 2B Happy pave diamond smiley face bracelets to Anita Ko’s diamond whistle, designers are delivering plenty of reasons to smile this season.
“People want to find joy in their jewels now more than ever and these exuberant styles deliver,” says jewelry journalist and historian, Marion Fasel. She says it’s a theme for both women and men who want jewelry that is unique and want diamonds with “wit and whimsy.”
Style Tips from the Pros
Celebrity stylist Law Roach is a big fan of humorous jewelry for himself and his high-profile clients, and says it reveals a person’s true spirit. “Playful pieces like these are all about self-expression,” says Roach. His advice: “Find a piece that represents you and have fun with it. For a piece like Brent Neale’s Magic Mushroom pendant, wear it with a monochromatic look and let the jewelry tell the story.”
Jewelry editor and stylist Will Kahn says amusing diamond jewelry will become your instant style signifier: “These pieces are a great expression of both your personal style and your sense of humor! Wearing one signifies fun, levity and individuality.”
Holiday Gifts to Make Everyone Smile
What to get the man or women who has everything? Surprise them with a diamond smiley face or mushroom. Now that’s unexpected. It’s for every age—from younger women who want to stand out in the crowd, to more sophisticated people who want to express a luxurious sense of wit.
They are guaranteed to never go out of style because everyone wants a reason to smile.
Boucheron Wladimir, The Cat Ring
Brent Neale Magic Mushroom Pendant
Made in 18K Yellow Gold with carved gemstone, diamonds (0.51cttw), carved re-constituted coral & moonstone, and carved Peruvian opal.
Established Pavé Teddy Bear Pendant Necklace
18k Pave Teddy Bear “Luh You” Necklace with White Diamonds on 16’’ Standard Chain.
2B Happy All Pave Small Three Face Bracelet
18k white gold and diamonds.
LuvMyJewelry Kick and Goal Soccer Ring
925 Sterling Silver, 1/3 carats of 100% genuine black diamonds in a pavé setting, black rhodium.
Marla Aaron The Pins Charm
112 hand-wrought gold pins set with 66 cabochon turquoise and 2.2 Carats of faceted rubies.
Ippolita x Will Cotton Gumdrop Ring
This ring is set in 18K gold and covered in diamonds.
Selim Mouzannar Fish For Love Pendant
Charm in pink gold & ivory enamel set with icy grey diamonds & rubies.
Ofira Pow Diamond Ring
Cast from 18-karat white gold in the shape of a fist, 4.07-carats of shimmering diamonds.
Established Bottle Opener Ring
Men’s Screen Bottle Opener Ring in 18k Gold w/ Diamonds.