Once representative of a subculture known as Gothic, this type of jewelry is now more popular than ever before among those who do not consider themselves to be into this particular genre of fashion. Far from being just skulls, snakes, and crosses, the Gothic jewelry for this summer 2013 season integrates natural stones such as lapis and black spinel with sterling silver and bronze. Consider adding one or two of these beautiful Gothic jewelry pieces to your wardrobe this summer season:
Stephen Webster introduces a unique Gothic cross with a substantial 1″ sized lapis underlay. The cross here is made of sterling silver with pave diamonds, a striking combination that will go with many summer outfits. This beautiful pendant is suspended on a 24″ long sterling chain. Try wearing this with a white or red blouse. Available from Saks Fifth Avenue for $795.00.
Snakes are common in the Gothic theme, but this charming little viper ring will go with just about any other piece of Gothic jewelry in your armoire. Designed by Ilena Makri, this ring is made of pink gold, a favorite metal in this style of jewelry, and pave black diamonds. If you have a rose gold chain necklace, wear that with this ring to make a pretty demi parure. Available from Barneys for $4520.00.
No Gothic jewelry collection is complete without a skull of some kind being in there. This sterling silver engraved skull ring by Scott Kay is quite distinct in that is has chains coming out of the sides of its eye sockets. Pretty gruesome, but the sideways “S” design along the bottom and top edges of the ring help detract from the sight. Available from Bloomingdale’s for $350.00.
Of course, wearing more than one Gothic ring is perfectly okay and in some circles, encouraged. The Betrothal Gothic heart ring here has a beautifully engraved rococo design surrounding a red enamel heart. The shading of this heart reminds me of Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”, but thing will not provoke its wearer to any deeds of darkness, just darkly handsome looks. Available from Gothic Plus for $25.00.
Be prepared to fly into the night when you wear these Gothic Angel Wing earrings in a beautiful antique bronze color. These earrings measure 3.1″ long, a nice substantial size for any Gothic or steampunk outfit in your wardrobe. Available through Skaior Designs for $24.00.
Black spinel seems to be an ideal gemstone for Gothic jewelry – and it is. Designed by Matthew Campbell Laurenza, these earrings are made of sterling silver in a simple floral pattern, pave set with small faceted black spinels. Pierced with a drop length of 1.5″, this pair of earrings can be combined with practically any other piece of Gothic jewelry you own. Available from Bergdorf Goodman for $280.00.