Sprung out of the monotony of lockdown, we have a thing for rainbow-coloured jewellery.
With bold colours, and fun designs, it’s no longer about simple, minimalist gold or silver pieces - the brighter, the bolder, the better.
When our wardrobes consisted of the same few pyjamas and loungewear on rotation, we looked to another part of our ensemble to inject joy. Henry Graham, Creative Director at Wolf & Badger explains, “jewellery sales for April 2021 increased by 171 per cent with women’s jewellery becoming the second strongest performing category for us as a brand overall”.
Our collective attention turned to our jewellery collections where the thrill of the postman’s delivery was only one upped by the mood-boosting jewels inside.
We may have had no place to dress up but that didn’t stop us wearing our finest finery - even if it was for no occasion grander than checking the contents of the fridge.
Tanika Wisdom, Buyer at MATCHESFASHION explains, “total jewellery sales have increased by 40 per cent year on year since the UK lockdown began in March 2020. Over the lockdown period, necklaces, rings and earrings have seen the highest growth in sales with customers looking to elevate their Zoom call aesthetic and uplift their mood by investing in special pieces.”
She adds, “Most recently, as we have started to see lockdown restrictions eased, emotive and mood-lifting pieces have been popular from Bea Bongiasca’s joyful rings, Lauren Rubinski’s beaded bracelets featuring positive messaging and Fry Powers’ rainbow necklaces.”
Fashion search platform Lyst also confirmed that sales are up 21 per cent of these playful rainbow-hued adornments.
To brighten up your post-lockdown life, we have gathered our favourite rainbow jewellery.
Roxanne First Disco Mother of Pearl and Rainbow Agate Beaded Necklace
As far as mood-boosting jewellery goes, few do it better than Roxanne First. Not only is this necklace adorned with a rainbow spectrum of agate beads but they are intermingled with smiley face mother-of-pearl adornments. Plus, it taps into the perennial pearl necklace trend.
Astrid & Miyu semi-precious rainbow necklace
For post-lockdown optimism in trinket form, look no further than this necklace from Astrid & Miyu. The piece combines semi-precious stones, each of which are designed to bring positive feels - whether it’s the Amazonite for a balanced mind, or the Carnelian to give you confidence and the power to achieve. There’s a central freshwater pearl and it’s available in either silver or gold. Adorn alone as a statement piece or layer up with a mixture of coloured designs for a truly playful look.
TBalance Crystals Multicoloured Love Sunshine Crystal Anklet Set
Worn by the likes of Bella Hadid and Kylie Jenner, TBlanace offers bespoke crystal bracelets with rose quartz, amethyst, amazon, sodalite, moonstone or more that are designed to have calming or energising effects. This slogan design puts colourful letters with citrine and quartz gemstones, the former as a cleanser and for motivation and the latter for harmony and trust. Whether you believe in the above or not, they are pretty adornments nevertheless.
Roxanne Assoulin Rainbow Brite set of three enamel bracelets
Beloved for her use of colour, Roxanne Assoulin is leading the rainbow jewellery revolution with her cult beaded bracelets, earrings and chokers. This set of three enamel bracelets take inspiration from mosaic tiling and can be mixed and matched with gold or silver bangles or else worn as a pack.
Wald Berlin Smiley Dude Smiley Dude pearl and glass bracelet
The handmade jewellery at Wald Berlin has reached cult status and whether you opt for the DIY kits to build your own beaded creation or this ready made bracelet, the pieces will be sure to put a smile on your face. This may not be as colourful as the other jewellery on this list but the smiling emoji will give any outfit the pop that it needs.
Balenciaga Toy Necklace in multicolor polyester, brass and cotton
Recalling our brief foray in jewellery as kids, Balenciaga is putting a high fashion twist on the trend with this letter bracelet. No question on where you purchased this colourful piece, it spells it out clear as day with some playful flowers and hearts thrown in.
Celeste Starre Rainbow Dreams Necklace
A tennis necklace, but make it rainbow and you’ll have this colourful piece from Celeste Starre. This piece has enduring appeal that puts a playful twist on a classic style. The necklace itself is 18k gold plated and the stones are multi-coloured crystals.
Anni Lu 18K Gold-Plated Petit Alaia Rainbow Bead Anklet
Liven up your look with this anklet from Anni Lu that acts as the perfect antidote to outfit with a muted colour palette. The piece combines multicoloured bears interspersed with cultured freshwater pearls. Purchase for yourself and a friend for a contemporary, grown-up take on a friendship bracelet.
Scream Pretty Gold Oval Huggie Hoop Earrings With Rainbow Stones
Not your typical gold hoop earrings, these huggies are embedded with multi-coloured cubic zirconia stones that will instantly liven up your carefully curated piercing game. They can be worn as typical hoops but also in tragus, conch and within each other to create dangle earrings.
Harwell Godfrey 18kt Yellow Gold Rainbow Gemstone Beaded Necklace
Don’t take your jewellery edit too seriously with Harwell Godfrey’s beaded necklace that offers playfulness yet sophistication in spades. The necklace is made up of rainbow gemstones and 18k yellow gold.
ALLTHEMUST Gold-Plated Heishi Beaded Anklet Set
For all the summer vibes without having to rely on the uncertain British weather, we’re putting French jewellery label ALLTHEMUST on your radar. The brand is all about fun accessories where they tend to come in sets, ready to be layered up. The plastic beads are also ethical, sustainable and environmentally friendly so it’s a true win, win.
Estella Bartlett Beaded Rainbow Sun Charm Louise Bracelet
Described by the brand as a ‘ray of sunshine’, we can’t help but agree by adding this playful bracelet to basket. The high-spirited piece has a colourful beaded rainbow design with the added bonus of a sun pendant.
Suzanne Kalan Gold Multi-Stone Uneven Rainbow Baguette Ring
Fine jewellery label Suzanne Kalan offers this clustered rainbow design in ring, cuff and earring form with a cluster of baguette cut gems. The piece itself is crafted from 14 carat gold with a perfectly imperfect design. This is cocktail hour jewellery done right.