“Jewellery is the most transformative thing you can wear” — Iris Apfel.
Jewels are a girl’s best friend, or are they the best form of her unspoken expression? With rising demands and overwhelming fashion trends evolving every day, selecting a piece that suits your style and speaks opulence simultaneously can be challenging. It is here the concept of transformable jewellery pieces comes into play.
Jewellery can transform any ensemble from bland to enchanting in the blink of an eye. It is an integral part of fashion but farther more of culture. Today, transformable jewellery is setting trends amongst brides and jewellery connoisseurs alike. It consists of craftily designed jewellery pieces that can be interchanged and customised as elements to suit different occasions. Major luxury jewellery houses like Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Harry Winston and others have started to design and elevate transformative jewellery pieces because of high demand and their versatility.
For any typical household, wedding jewellery usually becomes too occasional, often sitting in the lockers getting old. Transformable jewellery can cater to a broader range of audiences because of their multiple uses, and providing sustainability and value for money in the long run. Various accessories like necklaces, earrings, and bracelets can be made into transformative pieces and can change their form from one to another.
Necklaces have been transformative since 20th-century erst Europe when tiaras were deconstructed to be worn as necklaces by the royalty, making way for transformative necklaces. Changing forms and hence the design gave the royal jewels another life of flaghing spotlights.
For instance, the Helios long necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels from their high jewellery collection, Sous les Étoiles is the perfect example of a transformative necklace.
The white and yellow necklace made with yellow and white diamonds can be worn in three different lengths. For those who love wearing tiaras, the necklace can also transform itself into an extravagant diadem. Furthermore, the 50-carat Sri Lankan yellow sapphire pendant with diamonds and pearls can also be worn as a brooch and also in the diadem. The pearl tassel is also detachable giving a way of a completely-transformable design. The necklace’s multiple forms and customisability make it a must-have for all the jewellery lovers.
Harry Winston’s collection The Secrets also has some of the best transformative necklaces, which can be adorned in different ways and styles. The necklace has 586 emerald cut diamonds which weigh around 115.9-carats is a platinum collection of multi-tiered exquisite strands of diamonds. This unique piece becomes even more special when we realise that each strand can be detached and transformed into various necklace and bracelet styles catering to all kinds of aesthetic lovers.
Le Mythe necklace from Louis Vuitton’s Bravery high jewellery collection has all of the Maison’s signature styles. The multi-layered necklace has various classic Louis Vuitton motifs- the Damier pattern, trunk lock-inspired details, studs, rope, and the iconic Monogram flower. The triple row necklace has a 19.3-carat blue Sri-Lankan sapphire, 8.64-carat emerald and a vibrant 7.11-carat Madagascan sapphire adorn the beautiful necklace from which the emerald and Madagascan sapphire, all detachable. The necklace can amusingly change into 12 different prodigious forms.
Earrings are one of the paramount jewellery pieces in any woman’s bijoux collection, maybe because they enjoy more considerable independence over occasions than others from your collection. Earrings come in various styles like studs, danglers, hoops and many more. Transformative earrings constitute towards a comparatively new concept, but they possess the power to change the earring game in coming years radically. You won’t have to carry different earrings or worry about changing them for every event.
Chaumet’s Joséphine Aigrette Impériale Transformable Earrings are one of the most practical and functional earring pieces. The flower-shaped earrings in white gold covered with brilliant cut diamonds can be transformed into studs. The danglers can be easily removed from the earring, altering into a minimal and everyday wear piece even though the danglers are maximalist and are quite suitable for parties or formal events. The button-style earrings by designer Nam Cho can also be converted into danglers by adding some statement pieces.
The yellow gold small hoops by Foundrae are also quite functional and customisable. The solid 18- carat gold hoop encrusted with tiny diamonds with a butterfly gold disk is quite feminine and eye-catching, which is suitable for office and everyday wear. Although, for those who like small minimal hoops without any other accessory or detailing, the disk can be removed from the hoops making them gender-fluid and very minimal. The disk can be used as a pendant in a chain and will look gorgeous with almost every outfit.
Bracelets are one of the favourite jewellery for those who love the shine of their smile and diamonds. Bracelets are the perfect accessory for those who like delicate and subtle accessories delivering a hidden yet powerful statement. Aside from being very sophisticated, bracelets can also be styled distinctly. These are easily stackable and appear classic and elegant.
Created in 1971 by Van Cleef & Arpels, the necklace was part of Begum Salim Aga Khan’s jewellery collection. With more than 745 engraved diamonds weighing 55 carats in total, along with 44 emeralds of 470-carats. The necklace can transform into a beautiful choker, two bracelets, and a clip. This unique piece is a testament to the importance and legacy of transformable jewellery throughout history.
Nam Cao’s Sapphire necklace is another example of changing jewels from a necklace to a bracelet. The beautiful piece encrusted with multiple sapphires can be split apart into two pieces so that one piece can be won as a stunning sapphire bracelet.
Daisy ring by Gumuchian is one of the most unparalleled pieces a woman can own in her jewellery collection. The 18-carat, Pavé diamonds encrusted ring can be easily converted into a beautiful bracelet. Nobody can guess that the bracelet is simply a ring which unfolds the crafter’s imagination into an awestruck audience. And like all other transformative pieces that each cast a unique shadow of their beauty, this ring is a marvel of art.