Are You Ready for the Big Silver Jewelry Comeback?

“We’ve been in a golden jewelry moment for a long time, but fashion’s swinging pendulum is upon us.” – Accessories Magazine, June 2018.

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Michael Kors Launches Sterling Silver Collection

National Jeweler
September 6, 2018

Now that I’m shopping for fall outfits and accessories, I find myself gravitating almost exclusively to sterling silver and silver-tone jewelry. Gold has clearly dominated the runways for several years, but now silver is trending with top designers—and all signs point to a Fall/Winter silver jewelry comeback. Of course many OBJ fans are obsessed with both gold and silver, often mixing and layering them together. However, if you’re like me, and you’ve closed the lid on your silver pieces for a while, now is the perfect time to polish them up for the new season ahead.

Lady Gaga at MTVs in Alexander McQueen Tubular Silver Neck Ring
Clockwise from Top Right: 1980s Silver Neck Ring at 1stdibs.com; Saint Laurent, F/W18; Lady Gaga in Alexander McQueen; Sterling Silver Offspring Open Cuff, $295, at georgjensen.com; Saint Laurent Silver-Tone Clip-on Earrings, $395, at net-a-porter.com.

Gaga for Silver

I first detected a shift to silver at the F/W ’18 runway shows last March. Alexander McQueen sent out tubular silver neck rings layered with silver pendants, and designers Alexander Wang and Marnie both echoed the look. In June, when Lady Gaga wore McQueen’s silver combo at the MTV Awards, the fashion press pounced. Accessories magazine observed: “… while chokers came and went just an eyeblink ago, neck rings are already making a welcome return.”

In case you’re wondering, the silver neck ring is sleeker and more sculptural than last year’s choker; it’s a throwback to ‘90s style so popular again today. After a long, hot summer of candy-colored Lucite, I find something very refreshing about this cool and classic design.

MaraJoyceDesigns on Instagram
Clockwise from Top Right: Handmade Ring @gisela_kati on Instagram; Silver Concho Belt, Ralph Lauren, F/W18; Sterling Silver and Turquoise Cuff @marajoycedesigns on Instagram; DIOR’s Logo Saddlebag is the It Bag for Fall, 2018.

Silver with Western Wear

Another hot runway trend that points to a silver jewelry comeback is the emergence of Western Wear/Americana Style. I love this modern mashup of suede, fringe, patchwork, and quilted fashions, all of which naturally call for Southwestern silver and turquoise jewelry.

Ralph Lauren, whose style is synonymous with the American West, mixes silver, turquoise and coral in Native American squash blossom necklaces and Concho belts. Look for vintage silver bargains by Ralph on 1stDibs and RubyLane, as well as highly collectible sterling silver pieces by Georg Jensen, David Yurman, and John Hardy.

Silver Hoops on BaubleBar
Left to Right: Silver Hoops at baublebar.com; Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver Bone Cuff at 1stdibs.com; Y Necklace at baublebar.com.

They’re Buying Silver at BaubleBar

Fashion jewelry giant BaubleBar is selling more silver jewelry in 2018. BB co-founder Daniella Yacobovski recently told WhoWhatWear: “We have noticed a large surge in searches for silver on our site …We introduced two of our most popular styles [in silver] and they sold out in under 24 hours and built up a large waiting list.”

BaubleBar is the perfect place to buy trending silver pieces at an affordable price. I updated my silver hoops for only $36, and found a versatile Y-necklace for just $48. I’ll wear them with my vintage Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. Silver “Bone” Cuff. Are you buying something in silver for fall?

How to Clean Silver Jewelry at Home

Want to get your silver jewelry in shape for fall? Don’t fall for old wives’ tales like toothpaste and baking soda. Do what the pros do and choose the best jewelry cleaners from Connoisseurs.

For sterling silver jewelry try Connoisseurs Dazzle Drops Sterling Silver Jewelry Cleansing Formula or Connoisseurs Sterling Silver Jewelry Cleaner. And for quick cleaning use Connoisseurs UltraSoft Polishing Cloths or Connoisseurs Jewelry Wipes.

For all your silver-tone costume and fashion jewelry use Connoisseurs Fashion Jewelry Wipes, pre-moistened wipes in a handy travel pack. Start dazzling!

 

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