Whatever the occasion, these eccentric, unusual trinkets will lend any ensemble that wow factor.
October 21, 2022
Sure a minimalist approach can go a long way when it comes to jewelry, but this season we’re more interested in those weird and wonderful statement pieces that imbue your look with a dose of whimsy and a youthful spirit. This roundup is all about those one-of-a-kind pieces that stand apart from the rest. From colorful beaded chandelier earrings and mixed material body jewelry to unorthodox shapes that are as artful as they are wearable, discover six examples of weird and wonderful pieces that are sure to make an unforgettable statement. Shop the full collection of looks (and more) here.
Jiamini Yatta Fringe Earrings
Bold earrings are always a good idea but Jiamini’s Yatta Fringe takes bold to another level. Available in three colorways—orange & brown, black & white, and blue & white—the shoulder-grazing ear candy features a sculptural vertebra-shaped base (a recurring motif in the brand’s designs) cast from gold-plated brass and strung with lustrous colored beads. With its vibrant colors and feathery-like silhouettes, it’s almost as if you’re wearing an elaborate ornament, the piece’s mixed materials epitomizing the idea that more is more. Team with a neutral-hued strapless dress and updo for an understated yet vibrant fall get-up that lets the OTT trinket do all the talking.
Adele Dejak Taha Bracelet
Forget making a statement. The unflinching Taha Bracelet by Kenya’s Adele Dejak practically commands a room to look your way. Made from gold-toned up-cycled brass and aluminum that results in an aesthetic that is at once sophisticated and bold, its oversized form resembles something more like armor rather than jewelry. Offering an unorthodox and chunky alternative to delicate charm bracelets, the Taha Bracelet boasts the ability to elevate any party or daytime outfit all by itself without the help of any other accessory. It’s a surefire showstopper, one that can be worn on the wrist or higher upon the arm as a cuff. Either way, there’s nothing ordinary about this style which was made for the fearless dresser.
Jiamini Matuu Spine Necklace
A literal spine-tingler, Jiamini’s Matuu Spine Necklace is part of the Kenyan brand’s Mung’ung’uti collection. Based upon themes of strength and protection, Mung’ung’uti means ‘spine’ in Swahili, and this piece offers a literal interpretation with its sculptural vertebra-shaped form. The striking neckpiece is handcrafted by the brand’s skilled artisans from responsibly sourced 18k gold-plated brass and exudes an air of mysticism and intrigue due to the unique bone-like elements. Sure to serve as a conversation starter wherever and whatever it's worn with, the creation offers an innate regality fit for a queen.
Ohiri Outlines Ear Cuff
An ultra-cool alternative to your standard earring, the Outlines Ear Cuff by Ohiri is crafted from brass, its unique design curving across and around the ear to mesmerizing effect. Easily slipped on and off, the unusual style serves as both a sartorial adornment and artistic statement, forming part of Ohiri’s Outlines collection that is inspired by the ancient symbology of crocodiles rooted in the Akan tradition. Wear it on its own or mix things up by pairing it with studs or another earring of your choice. Whatever you decide, there’s little that can take away from this style’s unconventional glamor.
Margaux Wong Daisy Bralette Top
Handmade in Burundi by a team of local artisans, Margaux Wong’s creations are defined by their opulent takes on traditional styles. And while the brand’s eccentric spin on everything from earrings and rings to clutch bags makes for bold statements, its Daisy Bralette Top is an undeniable standout. Handmade from upcycled cow horn and brass, the piece is modern, audacious, and confident. If you’re feeling particularly brave, wear it on its own alongside high-waisted trousers and sleek stiletto sandals for a look that’s sure to turn heads. For a more modest look that still catches attention, the blinged-out bra looks sensational when worn over a dress in a corresponding shade.
Ami Doshi Shah Form Earrings
A complex and intriguing creation by Ami Doshi Shah, the Kenyan jewelry designer and silversmith’s Form earring is a polished brass masterpiece, its curvaceous form delivering an unconventional yet refined shape. Wrought in spellbinding gold-toned metal and aventurine, this eclectic piece of adornment is a unique take on the chandelier earring. Something akin to wearable art, this sculptural piece is a daring finishing touch to a classic jeans and blazer pairing or a black dress and stiletto heel combo.
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