Sparkling Jewellery and Watch Trends for AW19 and SS20

Sparkling Jewellery and Watch Trends for AW19 and SS20

Create a striking jewellery collection that is both utterly timeless and confidently fashion-forward with our essential jewellery trends forecast for the year ahead.

5th August 2019 Ernest Jones - Editor

Diamonds are some of the most timeless treasures on the planet, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t reinterpreted and reinvented as the fashion calendar changes. If you are curating your own fine diamond jewellery and automatic watches collection, here are some of the biggest jewellery trends of autumn/winter 2019 and some hints of what will shine in 2020.

Autumn/Winter 2019 Diamond Jewellery Trends

Beautiful Berry Tones

This winter prepare to be scintillated by diamonds paired with rich berry gemstones in shades of maroon, red, burgundy and purple. For inspiration, look to Le Vian with its beautiful chocolate diamond and yellow gold jewellery pieces set with raspberry rhodolite garnet. You can also revitalise your classic ruby jewellery and create your own autumnal colour palette with spinel, amethyst, garnet and smoky quartz.

Contemporary Pearl Jewellery

The elegant pearl is back for winter, but instead of being a wallflower this season’s pearls are the stars of the show. Look for contemporary pearl and diamond jewellery with unusual, swirling settings in white gold, or black coloured pearls for a unique twist on tradition. To capture the essence of the catwalks, mix-and-match long pearl earrings, pearl chain stud earrings and cultured freshwater pearl stud earrings that climb up the ear.

Long and Linear Earrings

Drama was created on the AW19 catwalks thanks to long, shoulder-skimming diamond earrings that frame the face with light. Set aside your timeless diamond stud earrings for the winter months and instead choose diamond drop earrings. To achieve this lengthening look in sterling silver, discover exciting pieces by Lucy Quartermaine and Rachel Galley.

Matching Jewellery Sets

Once the reserve of royalty, diamond and gemstone jewellery sets (also known as suites or parures) are enjoying a comeback for winter 2019. Start with an elegant diamond necklace and earrings set or create your own parure with a necklace, earrings, bracelet and matching ring. Traditionally a tiara or diadem was a common feature of a parure, but you may want to leave this addition in the 19th century!

Gold and Diamond Hoop Earrings

Yellow gold and diamond hoop earrings are the fashionista’s choice for autumn/winter 2019. This jewellery trend is all about choosing the hoops that best suit you, whether they be in yellow gold, white gold, sterling silver, or set with diamonds, gemstones or crystal drop accents. Turn to Michael Kors and Sif Jakobs Jewellery for sparkling huggies and small hoops or invest in sensational 18ct yellow gold hoop earrings by Marco Bicego.

A Retro Revival in Automatic Watches

If there is one trend in automatic timepieces that has dominated the autumn of 2019 it’s a return to retro styling. Many luxury watch brands have delved into their archives to create new designs reminiscent of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, including Bremont, Longines, Omega and Tissot with its Tissot Heritage 1973 Limited Edition Men's Black Strap Watch. With this look into the past comes a host of exciting colour combinations too, including forest green and deep brown at Rado.

Timepieces and Technology

If the best automatic watches aren’t looking to the past, they are looking far into the future with staggering levels of technological innovation. This season’s best automatic timepieces boast space age materials and patented calibres that improve accuracy, efficiency and shock resistance. For the perfect example, look to the TAG Heuer Autavia Isograph, which combines an advanced carbon composite oscillator with a case and dial design inspired by its racing heritage.

A Look Ahead: Spring/Summer 2020 Jewellery Trends

Inspired by some of the most exceptional high jewellery collections of 2019, we have outlined three jewellery trends that will shape the New Year.

Bright and Bold Gemstone Cabochons

The focus for 2020 will be on wonderfully bright and bold gemstone cabochons, from sapphires, emeralds and rubies, to opals, peridots, amethysts and garnets. These bon-bon shaped gems have a smooth domed top and look just as beautiful in necklaces as earrings, rings and pendants. For added radiance, look for cabochon gems with sparkling diamond halos and diamond settings.

Fancy Cut Diamond Jewellery

Engagement rings with fancy-cut diamonds will be the talk of spring marriage proposals, especially the romantic pear shape. Elevated variations of the classic diamond solitaire engagement ring will sparkle with cushion and oval-cut diamonds, while pear-shaped diamond rings will boast baguette-cut diamond accents for a refreshed take on Art Deco design.

Rainbow Sapphires

The playful combination of multi-coloured sapphires has been a gemstone jewellery trend in 2019 and looks set to continue into 2020. Look for true rainbow sapphire jewellery pieces to add a spark of happiness to your wardrobe or turn to the likes of Sif Jakobs jewellery for sterling silver pieces that capture the aesthetic perfectly.

Create the ideal balance of style and sentiment with a diamond jewellery collection that combines timeless pieces, such as diamond tennis bracelets, hoop earrings and your diamond bridal jewellery, with trend-led designs. The way you layer pieces with your favourite automatic timepiece will create a look that reflects your personality.