Met Gala Jewelry Trends for Real Life

By now, we've all devoured all the images from Monday's Met Costume Institute Gala, and they were fantastical in every way.  So much design innovation it was a visual overload.  We are all savvy enough to know that for the designers, it is a premier marketing opportunity to showcase creativity and get their brand front and center, to the point that many of the dresses were one time show pieces unwearable for more than a night:  Too heavy, too hard to walk in, impossible to sit down in, etc.  We loved every minute of it!  From these out-of-the-box designs come ideas that just need to be toned down a bit for us to make a statement in our own everyday looks.

With the theme MANUS X MACHINA, the focus was forward-looking, the fashions very modern.  And where there is modern fashion, there is modern jewelry and lots of good takeaways.  While we can't, or even wouldn't, sport the gigantic runway diamonds to the office or out with friends, we can look to the key styles and interpret them for real life.  With that, our favorite trends from the night and how to make them your own:

Shoulder Dusters                                                               


Blake Lively set the tone with these extra long earrings by Lorraine Schwartz.  A bit over the top for your Saturday night date, but you can interpret the look with more reality friendly choices like the Bubble Long Drop Earrings by Sheri Beryl, the Divine Silver Earrings by Liz Law or the Yin Yang Drop Earrings by India Morgan.  All measure in at 2 inches and counting, to give you the long earring look with great everyday wearability.

Ear Climbers


Kim Kardashian showcased some high wattage diamond ear climbers, also by Lorraine Schwartz.  To incorporate the look for real life, we like the mixed metal Asterisk Diamond Ear Climbers (think tiny black diamonds) by Acanthus Jewelry, the charmingly edgy Three Spikes Ear Cuff by Stefanie Sheehan and the minimalist XL Bar Ear Cuff by Lumo.

Multiple Rings


Kendall Jenner piled on the diamond rings, again by Lorraine Schwartz, in an impactful, impressive display.   The multiple ring trend has been around for awhile and is easy enough to achieve with so many styles of modern rings available.  This trend in particular gives women the opportunity to curate their own collection and showcase their own unique style by the rings they choose to wear together.  Luckily, many jewelry designers are making rings in a wider range of sizes to accommodate wearing rings on every finger.  

Double Cuffs


Another look we love that is easy enough to translate is the matching double cuffs (Tiffany's) worn by Margot Robbie.  We've always been a sucker for symmetry and the double Verdura cuffs of Diana Vreeland fame are permanently imprinted in our fashion fantasy wish list. With summer comes the opportunity for bare arms and a great time to make this signature look your own.  Just be sure to choose a tailored cuff that works well at the office as well as with casual looks, such as the Element Brushed Wide Cuff by La Corza.

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