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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.