Wednesday, 6 April 2011

BaselWorld Trends Part Two - Heavy Metal

Heavy weight chains, formally the jewellery du jour of rappers and less than salubrious characters have been popping up on blogs for a while now - but worn with anything other than tracksuits. I particularly like the looks below, taken from Gem Gossip and Wearing It Today; who is, by the way, a woman who really knows the power of a statement necklace. Worn in this understated way they look so classy, and so far from 'bling'. I love the toughness and texture a hefty chain adds to an outfit. So my eye was caught by the proliferation of these chains at Basel, everything from simple chunky bracelets to chains interspersed with materials such as resin, leather and wood. The piece I liked most was a simple curb chain bracelet by David Yurman, the clasp seamlessly formed as half a link on either side - so when on it formed an uninterrupted chain. Sadly, there's nothing quite like it on their website, but it was very similar in look to the bracelet worn in the photo above. I also loved the warm colour and beaten texture of Gurhan's 24k pieces - tactile and utterly luxurious. Above pieces from Basel exhibitors Clioro, David Yurman and Gurhan.

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