The five bracelets to try now
From architectural open cuffs to artisan charms and chains, jewellers are reimagining the bracelet in innovative new ways in 2019. Discover the pieces to know now, and shop the latest styles, perfect for every day, here.
Designed to be worn at the slimmest part of the wrist, the open cuff is the kind of piece that looks good stacked or as a stand-alone statement. The LA-based designer Suzanne Kalan – the master of baguette diamonds – delivers her signature in a comfortable, diamond-firework version as well as a sapphire option. David Yurman’s take on the cuff features their signature cable-chain motif, complete with round-gemstone ends in pearl or chrysoprase. These can be worn facing the wrist for a subtle look, or face up for a statement pop of colour. Alternatively, for an artisan take on the cuff, take note of Anapsara’s dragonfly-motif rendition and Maison Dauphin’s discerning, structural design.
Who doesn't love the clinking sound of stacked bangles? From David Yurman’s round and textured forms, to Mattia Cielo’s signature flexible coils, the free-flowing bangle is being reworked with artisan touches by jewellers all over the world right now. For styles more closely aligned to classic, look to De Beers diamond-pave designs or the highly polished oval silhouettes at Boucheron – once you've figured out how it attaches, you'll never want to take it off. If you’re looking for pieces totally unique in detail, Delfina Delettrez’s playful enamel lip clasps and the aforementioned Mattia Cielo’s super light, super flexible gemstone-encrusted designs promise to add interest to even the simplest of looks.
Loved for their versatility, the revered French house Jack de Boucheron’s smooth, heavy-duty chains – available exclusively at Farfetch – are fitted with simplistic magnetic closures which promote layering and customisable styling options. Both the white and yellow-gold chains connect and layer into simple wrap-around designs. For a timeless yet modern design, De Beers’ aptly named 'My First De Beers' collection offers up a single, delicate diamond bracelet while contemporary Parisian brand Redline add a subtle accent of colour to the smooth, thin chain with a red-thread bracelet complete with a single, suspended diamond.
Crescent moons, Hamsa hands, horseshoes, birds. Whether for luck, sentiment or protection, fine jewellery’s love affair with charms is no more apparent than in bracelet design. Named after founder Rosanne Karmes’ children, LA-based brand Sydney Evan’s aesthetic calls on lucky charms and talismans from across the world in its signature beaded bracelets while Andrea Fohrman’s celestial-inspired designs hone in on the spiritual properties of the crescent moon. Carolina Bucci’s brightly coloured chain bracelets – fastened by double knotting the bracelet – hold countless good-luck charms and come finished with tassel-drop detail for added tactile interest.
When it comes to beaded bracelets, Copenhagen-based jewellery brand Shamballa updates its universally loved design with high-quality diamonds encrusted into the beads – a piece with a strong celebrity following across both genders. Sydney Evan’s signature demi-fine bracelet comes in both single-beaded and double-beaded options, and each feature single charms complete with diamond-pave stars. The contemporary brand offers a wide variety of colourful gemstones and has become a go-to for beads that represent birthstones and anniversaries. For an ageless option, look to renowned French house Boucheron’s beautifully made single-gemstone chain bracelet, carved with their signature Serpent motif.
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