Inspired by Chanel, Transparent Jewelry Is Clearly Trending

One of the major fashion trends to emerge this season is the rise of the transparent accessory. Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel led the way with clear PVC boots, visors, rain hats and handbags, plus transparent jewelry in the form of raindrop-style earrings and necklaces. Many designers have followed Lagerfeld’s lead, at every price point, offering a brilliant array of transparent jewelry for spring.

Left to Right: It Girl Model Kaia Gerber Walks the Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 Show in Paris. GettyImages; Rock Crystal and 18K Gold Earrings by Temple St. Clair. Price on request; Opal and Rock Crystal Drops by Dina Mackney, $300
Left to Right: It-Girl model Kaia Gerber walks the Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 show in Paris. GettyImages; Rock Crystal and 18K Gold Earrings by Temple St. Clair. Price on Request; Opal and Rock Crystal Drops by Dina Mackney, $300

To help you tap the see-through trend, here are some high-low examples of new rock crystal and clear acrylic styles. You’ll love the way light bounces off their crystalline surfaces…and their wear-with-everything versatility means a modest investment goes a long way!

Rock Crystal

Icona Rock Crystal Necklace in Sterling Silver Plated with Rose Gold, $345, demodolo.com; 1990s Supermodel Cindy Crawford was front row at Chanel to watch her daughter, Kaia Gerber, model for Karl Lagerfeld. GettyImages
Icona Rock Crystal Necklace in Sterling Silver Plated with Rose Gold, $345, demodolo.com; Cindy Crawford, a supermodel for four decades, arrives to watch daughter Kaia model Chanel’s spring collection. GettyImages

Often referred to as quartz crystal, rock crystal is pure quartz — a colorless, transparent variety that has been used in jewelry for thousands of years. Rock crystal offers a clear sparkle similar to that of a diamond, but at a fraction of the price.

Left to Right: Acrylic Raindrop Jewelry and Rain Hats at Chanel. GettyImages; Lizzie Fortunato Rock of Ages Acrylic Drops, $195. Photo Courtesy of shopbazaar.com; Lizzie Fortunato Clear Acrylic Cuff, $195, at lyst.com
Left to Right: Raindrops and Rain Hats at Chanel. GettyImages; Lizzie Fortunato Rock of Ages Acrylic Drops, $195. Photo Courtesy of shopbazaar.com; Lizzie Fortunato Acrylic Cuff, $195, at lyst.com

While they cost less than diamonds, cut and polished rock crystal designs in sterling silver or karat gold fall into the Fine Jewelry category. Top designers David Webb, Temple St. Clair, and Elizabeth Locke are rock crystal fans, just to name a few.

Plastic Fantastic

Transparent and transluscent accessories will be big through summer and into fall. GettyImages; Designer Proenza Schouler Small Glass Cuff, $662
Transparent and transluscent accessories will be big through summer and into fall. GettyImages;
Designer Proenza Schouler Glass Cuff, $662

For a more affordable alternative to rock crystal, consider clear acrylic and Lucite jewelry. Transparent jewelry is currently trending on Instagram, and collectors are snapping up vintage styles on RubyLane and 1stdibs.

Coming Soon...OBJ profiles top models who have high-end jewelry lines. Pictured here is Kendall Jenner with jewelry designer and collaborator, Ippolita. GettyImages; Ippolita Rock Crystal Drops, $395, credit to come.
Coming Soon: OBJ profiles top models who have helped design jewelry collections. Left: Kendall Jenner with designer Ippolita. GettyImages. Right: Ippolita Rock Crystal Drops, $395

We love Lizzie Fortunato’s contemporary Rock of Ages Drop Earrings, clearly a page out of the Chanel handbook for spring. Her wide acrylic cuff makes a bold fashion statement, a bracelet that matches everything in your wardrobe.

Both styles are available for under $200, at lyst.com and leading department stores.

Go behind the scenes at the
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 Ready-to-Wear Show

 

How to Keep Your Transparent Jewelry Clear, Clean, and Dazzling

Rock crystal quartz is fairly durable (7 out of 10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale), but take care to protect quartz jewelry from sharp blows, scratches and extreme temperature changes. For best results, clean your crystal pieces with Connoisseurs Dazzle Drops Advanced Jewelry Cleaner or Connoisseurs Liquid Delicate Jewelry Cleaner. For all your transparent plastic and Lucite jewelry (colors as well), try new Fashion Jewelry Wipes by Connoisseurs. These portable wipes quickly remove dirt, makeup, hairspray and lotions that can dull the shine of your Fashion/Costume Jewelry.

 

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