Trendspotting: Middle Eastern Jewelry
Jun 29, 2011
A few weeks back, I was reading The Glamourai when I spotted this photo of Kelly Framel. To my complete surprise, I loved her necklace. The large pendants, different textures, the bright colors, the antique-y vibe, I loved everything about it. Which was weird since large jewelry and tribal-inspired pieces aren’t really my thing.
Framel had a few similarly pieces for sale in her jewelry line, but of course, those sold out almost immediately. This left me scouring the Interwebs for something similar. Here is what I found:
This necklace is probably the closest to the one in the photo above: three pendants, beaded cording, etc. Luckily, it looks like the multi-colored pom-poms can probably be removed. And it looks like, if the buyer wanted to, the shield pendants could be removed and placed on another chain. I’m thinking a braided silk cord.
If you’re looking for something with subtle sophistication but all the punch of the original, I like this Bakelite pendant. It’s simpler but just as impactful. Plus, the earthy tones will make it more versatile than the pendant above.
I don’t know if I’ve ever seen so much lapis on a single piece of jewelry. After a good cleaning, this necklace would make a fabulous addition to any wardrobe. For myself, I’d have a professional put it on a longer cord since collar necklaces tend to overwhelm my small collarbones. (I’m long torsoed but only from the underwire down.) But the design is truly spectacular.
My newly acquired love for Middle Eastern necklaces is proof that you never know which trends might catch your eye. So break out of the rut and try something new. Push comes to shove, you can always sell what you don’t like on eBay.