Brass has been everywhere in home decor and hardware for the past few years, warming up modern interiors and a welcome change from stainless steel and silver. Brass has a great seventies-vibe and we love the idea of wearing one big statement-y piece.
Brass is usually less expensive than gold and is reassuringly heavy on the wrist when you wear it.
This winter, we imagine wearing a lot of this lesser-known material. The matte-ness is a nice contrast to all the texture we tend to pile on when it gets colder.
Our favorite piece is this bent bracelet by Fog Linen Work, which is also the least expensive. It would also make a great gift for friends
- Bracelet by Fog Linen Work, brass, at La Garconne, $25
- Isabel Marant bracelet, brass and resin, at Barneys, $260
- Emilio Pucci cuff, brass, available at Yoox, $547
- 7 Strand Bracelet by Brass Fusion, brass, at Aha Life, $495
- Maison Margiela cuff, brass, available at Yoox, $476
We’ve been seeing little gold beads pop up on stacking rings everywhere lately. They are still modern, but a little bit more organic than the hard-edged chevrons and triangles that have dominated stores lately.
Here are some of our favorite gold beaded stacking rings
Floating stacking rings, brass, by Madewell at Shopbop, $28
Micro beaded ring, 14k gold, Grace Lee, $235 (also available in large beads)
Rhodium Beaded Rings, Set of 5, gold plate, by Freida Rothman at Bloomingdales, $240
Green gold stacking ring, 18k gold, by Lagos at Bloomingdales, $200
Rectangle Ring, 14k gold, by Bony Levy at Nordstrom
Who knew those basic compass skills could also be applied to fine jewelry. East West (or sometimes called horizontal) rings simply means that the stone runs across rather than up and down the finger. Most commonly found in solitaire designs using oval, marquise or emerald cuts, this is one trend we don’t mind.
One of the biggest lessons we’ve learned from jewelers we’ve spoken with since starting this site is that for big investments the most important part is the stone itself – settings can always be changed.
So if you’re worried that an East-West setting might be too trendy or you might not like it in five years, you can always change the setting. But by that time, who knows, you might love it so much you won’t consider changing it.
Plus you’ll be in some pretty classy company:
Portia De Rossi East West Diamond Ring
Emily Weiss East West Diamond Engagement Ring
Catherine Zeta Jones East West Diamond Engagement Ring
Natalie Portman East West Diamond Engagement Ring (more details here)
Kate Beckinsale East West Diamond Engagement Ring (more info here)
Bracelets that do up with a small chain is a nice trend, and it’s also pretty practical. You can usually adjust the width – which makes them easier to wear with other pieces and maintain the order you want on your wrist.
We’ve particularly appreciated this when we wear jewelry at our desks – keeping our jewelry from clanking around too much against our keyboards.
Wish Cuff, 18k rose gold, Ginette NY, $1,375
Round Link Bracelet, 14k gold, Melissa Joy Manning, $1,215
Wingnut Toggle Bracelet, metal, Marc Jacobs, $78