Disappear into the night with this season’s gothic jewellery, the perfect compliment to winter’s overtly witchy ensembles. Think diamond crosses, velvet chokers or inky gemstones to wear with Rodarte’s cobwebby lace confections or Valentino’s black woollen gowns and slashes of dramatic eyeliner. It’s all very Stevie Nicks meets The Craft, and after multiple seasons of yellow gold and rainbow-like jewels, it feels like a powerful palette cleanser.
Annoushka Ducas’ phantasmic collaboration with fashion’s reigning goth queen Susie Cave of The Vampire’s Wife, continues to delight with tiny charms shaped like fangs, weeping eyes and fading roses. Meanwhile, Stephen Webster and Ara Vartanian each deliver dark, daring gemstones sourced from all over the world, such as storm-coloured spinels or black diamonds set defiantly back-to-front. Then there’s the art historian-turned-jeweller Cece Fein Hughes, who breathes new life into totemic rock n’ roll tattoos (including snakes, skulls and arrow-pierced hearts) by engraving and then delicately enamelling them onto 18ct signet rings.
Whatever your stylistic poison, the trick to wearing these new ‘goth girl’ pieces is spookily simple. Forget the pile-it-high neck-messes and wrist stacks of summer and instead practise elegant restraint – just one or two precious accessories, judiciously placed, will deliver maximum impact with minimal fuss. Here we conjure up the best gothic jewellery to invest in right now…
The Glossary Edit
The most bewitching gems for Halloween
Annoushka x The Vampire’s Wife
18ct gold ruby & sapphire
Wild Rose necklace
Inspired by the Nick Cave song ‘The Wild Rose’, this delicate charm is set with 111 blush pink sapphires.
Lost Boys carré-cut diamond
cross single hoop earrings
A chic crucifix composed of seven carré-cut diamonds framed in blackened gold.
Black Orchid ‘Romantika’ necklace
with black spinels & 18ct gold
With 38 faceted black spinels on a lusciously thick velvet ribbon, this choker is understated yet supremely elegant.
Marei New York
Damian Horn Talisman ring
in black onyx & yellow gold
This ring’s two hand-carved and polished ‘horns’ of black onyx are a creative nod to the ancient symbol cornicello (devil’s horns), thought to protect their wearer against the evil eye.
Leather, 18ct gold & diamond choker
Nothing imbues precious jewellery with goth vibes faster than a touch of leather.
Hand-carved amethyst bottle
pendant with 18ct gold chain
A portable ‘poison bottle’ embellished with hand-carved snakes, the historic symbols of protection, evolution and eternity.
Grey spinel, diamond & white gold earrings
Slate-coloured spinels in a variety of cuts give these shoulder-dusting statement earrings a touch of drama.
Skull and Sword ring in 18ct gold
with hand painted enamel & ruby
The skull and crossbones emblem takes a stylish turn on this matte gold signet ring, complete with a gleaming ruby set into the hilt of a flaming enamelled sword.
Black & brown diamond ‘Whip’ earring
Set with Vartanian’s signature upside-down diamonds, this single spine-like earring has a tactile, edgy appeal
Black & white diamond skinny cross pendant
Shimmering black diamonds lend this very traditional icon a luxurious and slightly subversive edge.
Bibi Van Der Velden
Cobweb bracelet in 18ct
white gold & diamonds
This shimmering bangle evokes a dew drop-laden silk web with delicate threads of white gold and luminous diamonds.
Serpenti Viper Bracelet in 18ct
white gold & diamonds
Though it’s approaching its 75th birthday, Bulgari’s most iconic emblem, the serpent, is just as fierce and fabulous as ever.
Clash de Cartier XL ring in white gold,
onyx, & black Tahitian pearls
Launched with a rock’n’roll party in a former bunker in Berlin, Cartier’s Clash collection embodies a daring, rebellious spirit.
Rose Dior Pré Catelan onyx, sapphire,
diamond, & gold earrings
Monsieur Dior’s favourite bloom turns a darker shade of romantic for autumn/winter.
Platinum & diamond cross pendant
This dainty cross pendant looks effortlessly chic dressed down with a black roll neck or dressed up with a tuxedo jacket.
Blackened gold &
black diamond star choker
Twinkling diamond stars, yes, but in sexy stealth mode.