Every year at this time we see fashion and jewelry designers embracing nautical themes. In the summer months, nautical jewelry motifs such as anchors, chains, ropes and stripes find their way into our vacation wardrobes…and our Instagram feeds! By the 4th of July, these classic styles have usually reached their high-water mark; but this year some designers are showing them for fall and beyond. Call it Preppy, Cruise, or French Sailor style, here’s how you can get some of the best nautical jewelry looks on a budget.
Fresh Off the Runway
In May, Chanel’s Cruise Wear ‘19 collection in Paris caused quite a splash. Featuring an actual ocean liner (renamed La Pausa after Coco’s Riviera estate), the show included all manner of maritime accessories. At the same time in New York, Ralph Lauren was debuting his Resort ‘19 collection, a study in navy blue. His Spring ’18 line, still going strong, stars multicolored stripes, blue blazers with crests, and anchor and ship’s wheel hardware.
Ralph Lauren’s gold-plated anchor necklace for $895 was one of the highlight pieces in his Spring ‘18 collection. We’re considering a more affordable version, in gold plate and sterling silver, for just $35 on Etsy.
Chanel’s anchor earrings retail in the hundreds-to-thousands, but we found lookalikes for $22 at Mercari.com. The timeless motif in a modern, dangling style works for day and night…you can wear them anywhere!
Pandora reports their sterling silver anchor ($19.50) is among their three most popular charms sold in the Northeast. We love Pandora’s sterling compass, too, ($38.50), one of the top three choices of their Midwest customers. Wear these nautical charms on your bracelets or layered on long chains. And try shopping at vintage stores and sites for more collectible seafaring talismans.
Cosmo Girls & Buoys
Cosmopolitan magazine has just launched a moderately priced Fashion Jewelry line called CosmoStyle by Cosmopolitan Jewelry. According to Accessories.com, “Cosmopolitan is the world’s largest young women’s media brand, with more than 130 million brand touch points across print, digital and social platforms.” What a recipe for success!
The Cosmo line includes four different collections for Fall/Winter 2018: American Prep, Boho Traveler Cali, VIP, and Zen. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings will retail from $29.99 to $79.99. Check out the American Prep Collection for terrific red, white and/or blue nautical designs.
Ropes & Chains
Every jewelry-obsessed woman’s wardrobe needs a nautical chain link bracelet. While it doesn’t have to be 14K or 18K gold, it definitely can include some sparkle. Ralph Lauren’s Fine Jewelry designs with diamonds go for upwards of $2,500. We prefer these from BaubleBar: at two for $58, they’re nautical and nicely priced!
See more of summer’s most popular nautical styles here: