Whether you’d like to admit to it or not, there is such a thing as dressing for the season, even in Bangkok. And whilst the Thai summer is nearing its close and the European summer slowly swings into being, there’s no denying that our wardrobes (and with them, our jewellery troves) are going through a transformation, too. Shirts loosen their collars a little and florals start to sprout from previously plain tresses. Our lipsticks get brighter. Our blouses get lighter. And one by one, even our sparkles take on a different form or persona entirely.

After all, the summer months are not like the other months. They’re about going on holiday (staycations or office-cations count too). They’re about a sense of laid-back ease. We go out more, we stay out longer, and all in all, we embrace the calm before the storm of the monsoon, autumnal pour, or – dare we even go there – the end-of-year festive period.

Food-themed jewellery: Haus of Jewelry
In the summer, jewellery is about keeping it lax. Fashion jewellery lights up the stage. Colourful stones get their time in the sun. Animal themes unleash individual wild sides. And food-themed jewellery finally gets its time to shine.

As much as the avid party-goer loves a hot dog after a sweaty summer night on the town, we’ve put together the ultimate buffet of bling for food-themed jewellery. Mostly costume, largely lax, all definitely worth gorging. Tuck in below.

Hero and featured image credit: Haus of Jewelry

Cocktails

We begin our summer soiree with drinks. Whether you prefer a jovially literal ensemble of a cocktail ring to a cocktail party, or a subtle stud earring for a more casual cool look, drinks are a particularly popular motif for fun summer jewellery. Piaget reigns supreme with its special Limelight Cocktail collection, each inspired by a vibrantly coloured cocktail, yet the sparkling sip need not stop there. Not just reserved for women either, stray away from the classic silhouettes of champagne flute and martini glass, and go for a gin bottle cufflink like by the king of quirky cufflinks Paul Smith, or in an artfully minimalistic look as per Marc Jacob’s soda can studs. It’s 2019. Get frisky with it.

Amuse-Bouche

It’s no secret that the key to a healthy lifestyle is to eat plenty of greens – and wear them too. On the menu for jewellery, we’re nibbling like two peas in a pod on imaginative necklace charms and classic olive leaf climber earrings. This style of jewellery may look relatively simple, but is almost always certain to catch eyes and steal shows wherever you head. How does the saying go? You don’t need a summer body so long as you have some sparkles? We’re sold.

Surf & Turf

If you’re heading to the beach this summer, you’ll love this next course. We’re definitely a bit more surf than turf this May, feeling inspired by the sea shells on the sea shore. More than just a tongue twister, let these eye bogglers awash your jewellery box, from a chunky Versace choker to a delicate Annoushka fish bone charm. Nautical jewellery is still very much on trend after its resurrection last year, and the best time to sport it, naturally, is by the sea. Pair with light linens and resort wear, or take the plunge and rock up to the office for some desk-side wanderlust fuel.

Dessert

There’s nothing like having your cake and wearing it too. Jewellery makers love adding a bit of sweetness to their designs, and it shows in a variety of fun food-themed pieces. Bulgari’s ice pops are likely the most famous, with Gucci’s pineapple and strawberry numbers sure to add a playful berry to top. Dessert jewellery is the most light-hearted of the four categories and generally works as year-round wear, too. Charming, flirtatious, and best served with a douse of whipped cream on the side, you can’t fault us: you’ll never go wrong with desserts, and you’ll always be the belle of the beach with these fun pieces this summer.

 

Lisa Gries
Managing Editor, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.