When it comes to seasonal trends, the first things that come to mind tend to belong to the ready-to-wear category. That's jackets, dresses, trousers, jumpers... and if you do venture into accessory territory, your mind no doubt goes straight to shoes, and maybe the odd bag.
But have you ever considered your jewellery repertoire and its ranking in the world of *trends*? Do you even care? Possibly not, but similarly to sartorial trends, whether or not you decide embark it can't hurt to look. And, if you're anything like us, you'll likely be sucked in regardless of your stubborn aversion to the term 'trends'.
We did some investigating, and these are the 6 jewellery trends the fashion world can't get enough of this season...
Admittedly not a new phenomenon, personalisation has taken on a life of its own in recent months with people's names and initials adorning everything from phone cases to perfume bottles. Unsurprisingly, however, it's jewellery that's really relishing in the resurgence.
Roxanne First, designer behind the eponymous jewellery label, explained to GLAMOUR UK that "being able to personalise a necklace or bracelet is the ultimate jewellery statement and, most importantly, one which is super meaningful and special to you. Why wouldn’t you want to invest in something like which is forever and made just for you?"
Necklace, Roxanne First, Launching online mid-June. Email [email protected] for enquiries.
2. MULTICOLOURED STONES
Once a sign of tasteless tat, coloured stones have done a complete U-turn and there's now no such thing as too much. In fact, the more the merrier, with multiple layers of mismatched, sometimes even clashing hues decorating some of the industry's coolest pieces.
Whether you opt for earrings or rings, multicoloured stones work particularly well in close quarters - rather than loosely decorating the chain of a necklace. Stack them for the ultimate display of #extra.
Ring, £90, Rosie Fortescue Jewellery
3. MANIPULATED METAL
We've been calling it 'squished gold' in the office up until now, but giving it a spot on our top trends list meant we had to come up with a name. Essentially, this is a trend in which the metal looks as though it's been lightly pressed before it's set and creating an almost one-of-a-kind look.
This style works perfectly with earrings and necklaces - less so with rings (they really need to be round in order to perform their main function of staying on the finger).
Earrings, £155, Cornelia Webb
4. NAUTICAL THEMES
Last summer was all about shell-embellished pieces, but for SS19 we're seeing nautical, seaside themes elevated via premium materials and high-end embellishment. Think the South of England meets the South of France...
Head for earls, anchors, shells and starfish - anything you might find adorning the walls of a rustic, coastal restaurant - and don't shy away from mixing them up.
Necklace, £99, Swarovski
Whether it's slightly differing shapes or two different pieces entirely, jewellery is going big on asymmetry right now and - unsurprisingly - it's earrings that are dominating that space. Some people are even opting for just one earring and having one entirely naked lobe.
One of the chicest ways to embark upon the trend is subtly, by opting for a pair that have just the slightest design differences between them. We're talking odd lengths, details or shapes, but as a general rule of thumb it's best to keep the colour and material the same.
Earrings, £95, Calvin Klein
6. EMBELLISHED HUGGIES
Wildly popular over the last few season, huggies - or, rather, tight hooped earrings - have tended to go by the mantra of 'the simpler the better'. For SS19, however, it's a very different story. Who knew such little surface area could harness so much detail?
We're talking studded beads, hanging pearls, encrusted diamonds (or, of course, diamanté), whatever you can fit on your huggie, do. Because it seems there's no such thing as too much this season.
Earring, £330, Maria Tash