Here at OBJ we’re big fans of “Three’s a Trend,” the regular feature of The New York Times in which the editors round up three sightings of a runway style or street-fashion look and then label them an “official trend.” Well, today’s OBJ trend story is all about the power of three…and the growing phenomenon of triangle-shaped jewelry.
First cited as a mini-trend in 2012, triangle-shaped rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings are popping up more and more in 2014 runway collections, in fashion spreads, and in the finest jewelry salons. As stylists look for jewelry with an edge to better distinguish their clients on the Red Carpet, the movement toward bold geometric jewelry – especially triangle-shaped pieces — appears to be a trend that’s here to stay.
An Age-Old Symbol
The triangle motif in jewelry is as old as jewelry itself. The triangle is an important symbol of unity in both the Christian and Jewish religions. It also figures in studies of mysticism and the occult. Interestingly, the triangle is a shape that can be viewed and worn two ways, with two different meanings. The point-up triangle can represent male energy, and the masculine elements of fire and air. The point-down triangle can represent female energy, and the feminine elements of water and earth.
A square is always a square – it’s the same on every side; and the circle looks the same no matter how it is turned. But the triangle always has three sides and three points to its design story. No wonder jewelry designers come back to it again and again!
A Modern-Day Meaning
Here’s a unique interpretation of the triangle’s symbolism from whatsyoursign.com that may serve as inspiration to jewelry designers everywhere:
“The spiritual meaning of number three deals with magic, intuition, fecundity, and advantage. The number three invokes expression, versatility, and pure joy of creativity. Three is also a time identifier as it represents past, present and future. Consecutive threes in your life may symbolize the need to express yourself creatively, or consider your present directional path in relation to past events and future goals. Three may also represent promising new adventures, and assurance of cooperation of others from whom you may require help. Three typically symbolizes reward and success in most undertakings.”
Three red-hot jewelry designers who have incorporated triangle-shaped pieces into their latest collections include:
Irene Neuwirth. Rose Gold and Onyx Bracelet featuring upward and downward facing triangles. As seen in Harper’s Bazaar, $11,460. From her Diamond Collection: one-of-a-kind 18k White Gold Mixed-Shape Earrings set with 129.43ct boulder opal and 3.03ct white rose cut and pavé diamond surround. Price on request.
Monica Rich Kossan. 18k Yellow Gold Faceted Triangle Earrings, $1,295.
Monique Péan. Fossilized woolly mammoth, dinosaur bone, and diamond pavé necklace, available at Barneys. Collection from $18,975.