Everything You Need to Know About Rocking Architectural Jewelry
If you’re a jewelry enthusiast, you’ve probably noticed a few stark trends popping up lately -- designers using unconventional construction methods, leaving materials exposed, incorporating geometric shapes and patterns, and creating interactive pieces. All of these elements point to the emerging dominance of ‘Architectural Jewelry’; a distinct group within the Contemporary Jewelry category.
Taking their inspiration from architects and engineers, architectural jewelry designers incorporate the same balance, precision and functionality into their creations, as you would find in the construction of buildings. Designers often use architectural principles of scale, dimension and proportion in a way that challenges perception and forces contemplation. Themes commonly found in architectural jewelry include use of structural pieces, technology, and interactive elements -- say a ring that’s also a ruler. Designers even take it a step further by using materials typically used in engineering, such as acrylics, rubber, wood, stainless steel and cement. When a designer does choose to use a more common material, such as silver or gold, it is often manipulated in a way that gives it a non-traditional appearance or texture, while staying true to the clean lines and geometric structures of architectural jewelry.
So now that you’re newly obsessed with architectural jewelry (or your longtime obsession has been reinforced), we want to get creative and share our ideas on how to style your architectural jewelry. We at IndieFaves love pairing bold designs and statement pieces, so here are four architectural clothing articles that will measure up to your favorite architectural jewelry pieces:
Square Plexiglass and Silver Earrings by EMSO
The fun and whimsical feel of these EMSO earrings is balanced nicely with a slightly more conservative, architectural dress by Chalayan, which features batwing sleeves and an A-line skirt.
Future Necklace by Pa De DoAccentuate the circular shapes of this futuristic Pa De Do necklace by pairing it with this Comme des Garçons shirt featuring a double Peter Pan collar and exaggerated proportions.
Copper and Plexiglass Detalje Ring by EMSOThis multi-wear wool sweater by Maison Margiela is almost as versatile as the Copper and Plexiglass Detalje Ring by EMSO. Both designs allow the wearer multiple styling options. You can even purchase additional parts from EMSO to further personalize the ring.
Hillx2 Necklace by Pa De Do
This RISMATbyY pleated skirt experiments with subtraction and play, which makes it the perfect pairing for Pa De Do’s Hillx2 necklace, a fun design that features sharp edges and cut-outs.
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