As Labor Day approaches I can’t help but remember the fashion dictate regarding not wearing white before Memorial Day or After Labor Day—it was an unwritten but well known by-law or a fashion faux pas that style conscious women made sure to follow. If you are too young to remember and questioning if it meant no winter whites or white jeans –It meant no to everything with the exception of a white T-shirt or button down shirt under a sweater or tailored jacket for work and sometimes with blue jeans. The rule was thrown out sometime in the ‘90s when women chose to be more individualistic and wear what they chose. Winter white became as neutral for fall/winter as black or grey and it showed up in everything from cashmeres to puffer jackets.
If you are wondering if there were a similar decree about jewelry— luckily there wasn’t. It would have cut out much of the gemstones and materials we wear year round—diamonds and pearls in antique, vintage and modern pieces. Rock crystal and white sapphire was added to the list of white jewels and recently white or ivory enameling was accepted, which is an alternative to the richer deeper colors to add to a fall/winter wardrobe. The mixes of whites in jewels creates texture, dimensional and attitude and jewelry enthusiasts are bolder and more rebellious—at least in this case.
For those of you returning to your offices, or continue to have Zoom meetings, here are our Labor Day picks in jewels that defy rules—all are perfect with white jeans, a white T or tank and long cozy swingy cashmere sweater or white sweats (when no one can see) in varying tones and textures.
Mizuki pearl and diamond earrings and necklace.
Suzanne Belperron’s carved “snowflake” rock crystal cuffs mounted with antique diamond and white gold French motifs, circa 1920.
Ananya’s pearl and diamond multi-drop earrings.
Fewer Finer multi diamond bezel tennis bracelet.
Estate Diamond Jewelry’s spectacular pair of Victorian pendant earrings with rose-cut pear-shaped diamond centers and diamond surrounding silver-topped gold
Temple St. Clair’s rock crystal heart pendant inspired by Victorian rock crystal lockets.
Selim Mouzannar’s wide bracelet with white enamel, with emerald cut diamonds.
Bea Bongiasca’s white enamel hoops with diamond tops.
Fred Leighton’s multi-layer necklaces of rose-cut diamonds.
Niko Koulis baguette and round diamond hoop earrings.
Single Stone’s French Cut diamond bar necklace.
Gabriella Kiss’ rock crystal earrings.
Jamie Joseph’s rock crystal ring.
Mikimoto’s diamond and culture pearl ‘Bloom’ earrings.
Nicole Rose Jewelry’s diamond dagger earrings with baguette diamonds.
By Beth Bernstein
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