“Fine jewelry and watches are no longer an add-on accessory; many teens, tweens and the young at heart dress around their jewels,” notes Helena Krodel media liaison with the Jewelry Information Center (JIC), a non-profit trade organization representing the entire fine jewelry and watch industry.
“Teens are an ingenious bunch vying to be creative and stand apart from their peers. Fine jewelry is a perfect means of self expression, acting as an immediate update to any outfit and as an everlasting way to personalize their evolving wardrobe for years to come.”
Sporty chic: It might sound eccentric but Adidas or Puma sneakers with mini skirts are fresh for fall; teens love to pair them with oversized watches and big earrings. The sporty colorful Velcro® strap watch Timex calls the Mystery Answer acts like a fortune teller.
Ask it a question: “Will I have homework tonight?” Press a button and an automated answer appears. Other top picks are colorful stretch band watches or those with Indiglo nightlights for kids afraid of the dark. Both come complete with a Timex Kids loss protection plan valid for up to one year. The newest Tiffany sporty chic earrings are “American Idol” material in red, blue or covered in real 18 karat gold; these large lifesaver spheres hang from gold French hooks.
Ear-resist-ible: Thanks to celebrities like J.Lo and Nicole Kidman, chandelier earrings are the season’s must-have accessory. From long and lean to wide and gemstone encrusted, there are endless earring options including pagodas, tassels, triangle shaped, and shoulder dusters made from chains. Alex Woo (alexwoo.com) offers earrings that hang from sterling silver chains, which conjure up memories of rock candy. Cousin Claudine’s Cleopatra earrings feature a rainbow of colored briolette (teardrop) shaped gemstones that swing from the ears. These fancy earrings add touches of luxury with out the guilt.
Preppy Puppy: Izod 1980’s golf-inspired clothing paired with pristine fine jewelry make their comeback this fall and winter. Ever popular in the 1980’s, charm bracelets, ID jewelry, dog tags or items that can be engraved with initials still hold a place in the hearts and closets of teens and tweens. Zoppini Italian charm bracelets have square links (hearts, stars, colorful enamel, initials) that can be easily connected, interchanged and added as allowance is allotted. John Hardy has a new charm bracelet collection masculine enough for growing guys to wear with a single charm yet equally adored by the girls when chock full of charms. Tiffany’s new alphabet key ring collection in sterling silver by Elsa Peretti features an artful rendition of any desired initial. Eighties oxford cloth blue and of course denim, the unwritten uniform for kids from three to thirty three, is showing up in the form of jewelry this season. The reinvented signature Movado SE watch has a blue face and thick denim band. The infamous watch with a crystal (or diamond) at the 12 mark has been seen on celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow!
Ode to Nature: Camping, beach sunsets and picnics made way for schoolbooks, plaid skirts and homework in the fall. As the cold weather creeps upon us, those who long for a touch of summer can look to fine jewelry. Jennifer Kellogg’s flower collection of sterling silver necklaces, rings and bracelets have spheres with tiny holes where real flowers can be secured and worn all day around the neck, wrist or finger. The new 18 karat yellow gold wood collection features Gone Fishin’ necklaces with real carved gemstone fish in pink tourmaline, amethyst and iolite, which dangle from tiny signs that state “gone fishin’.”
Other nature-inspired jewelry to look for include Mignon Faget’s down-to-earth earrings simulate organic coral or deer’s antlers in sterling silver. Upcoming designer Jennifer Rutheny has created an entire line of life-like fish pins and floral jewelry. Miniature daisy flower earrings with French hooks have pretty purple amethysts or citrines that simulate the sunset in their center. Sweet sterling silver post earrings with a nature theme are the perfect introduction into the world of fabulous fine jewelry. Tweens love versions from Dogeared Jewelry who offer horseshoes, ladybugs, snails or strawberries.