From slivers of agate set in Lucite to unpolished diamonds in 22K gold, jewelry designers are in love with sliced stone jewelry this season. This slice-of-life technique celebrates the natural color variations and individual swirling patterns in the stones, so no two pieces are alike. One accessories editor we know calls the trend “a little Coachella, a little bit Haute Couture.” Any way you slice it, this high-low look is definitely here to stay.
On The Runway
Agate slices first caught our attention at the Givenchy Spring/Summer 2017 Ready-to-Wear collection. Designer Riccardo Tisci showed slip-dresses splashed with slice-of-agate prints, and suits worn with swinging agate pendants dangling from long tortoiseshell chains.
Featured in the February 2017 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Givenchy’s agate pendant is sophisticated, slightly hypnotic, and pretty pricey ($545 at Saks Fifth Avenue). The necklace showed up again at Givenchy’s Pre-Fall 2017 collection, a sure sign that jewelry buyers and stylists are rocking this trend.
Get the Look for Less
Over at BaubleBar, we love these Moonrock Drops in Blue from the Shay Mitchell Guest Bartender Collection. The Moonrock earrings feature pavé crystals surrounding agate stones with a cut-out design.
Each stone is unique, so shape, color and size may vary. Made of zinc, agate stone, druzy stone, and glass — with gold plating — the earrings have substantial weight. They’re only $58 at baublebar.com
Alternative Engagement Rings
Many high-end and custom jewelry designers appreciate the unique free-form shapes and swirls that slices of stone provide. And they’re not only slicing away at semiprecious stones; “slice diamonds” offer understated glamour at a fraction of the cost of their polished counterparts.
No wonder the sliced diamond look has been featured as a fashionable, alternative engagement and wedding ring style in top bridal magazines and on wedding websites.
One-of-a-kind slice diamonds are opaque, rough, irregular…and organic. Their individual characteristics appeal to the eye of the beholder – the lucky bride or groom.
Won’t you try a slice?