Rockstar Jewellery - elegance with an edge

Rockstar Jewellery - elegance with an edge

Rockstar jewellery is synonymous with its origins, i.e. rock music, and is actually an integral influencer to the fashion industry. Contrary to popular belief, it is not merely restricted to leather jackets and thick metal chains, rather, there are some surprising spiritual elements to the pieces sported by popular musicians and icons of the entertainment industry which have served to influence mainstream fashion and lifestyle choices; and have become fashion staples for those far away from anything pertaining to the typical Rockstar look.

One of the first names which comes to mind when one thinks about Rockstar jewellery, is Madonna. The famous pop star made charm bracelets and crosses famous in the 80's as she effortlessly blended her spiritual beliefs with catchy music and layered clothing; causing much controversy as well as a wave of faithful cross-wearing followers in turn. Far from the imagined edginess of Rockstar jewellery, Madonna’s feminine jewellery pieces, juxtaposed with her often non-conventional clothing blended in with her young, girly personality.

The cuff or cuff bracelet was made famous by classic rock bands in the 80’s, who replaced their bandanna-on-wrist look with leather or rubber cuffs which were often studded with spikes, giving them a masculine edge. As time passed, the thickness and length of the cuff increased, almost becoming a half-glove. As more women began wearing it, the cuff became a base around which multiple strings of beads and silver bracelets were layered.

Rings, usually restricted to precious stones set in gold, silver or platinum underwent a radical makeover in context with the rock music entertainment business. Once delicate and understated, they are now large, chunky and heavily embellished. Multiple finger rings, each with its own theme [skulls and stars are the most popular] are worn by both genders, and serve to make a loud statement. Rings which cover an entire finger are also popular.

Earrings and ear piercings also have their own unique style when it comes to rock music, rock stars and fashion. The trend in the 70's involved having a piercing on only one ear; this quickly developed into multiple piercings. 80's stars wore large hoops earrings which are currently in vogue. Later on, the trend of piercing navels, eyebrows and other body parts became fashionable, thus bringing forth a new, popular trend of body jewellery.

Music stars such as Britney Spears and rock musicians such as Tommy Lee have popularized body jewellery among men and women, and the market for barbells and rings [types of body jewellery] is booming with pretty, delicate designs for women, featuring butterflies, birds, hearts and flowers.

Rockstar jewellery may have been made famous by musicians and edgy fashion designers, but it belongs to a class of its own and is capable of providing a soft look, despite the sometimes aggressive looking chains, studs and thick wrist bands. The trick to incorporating Rockstar jewellery without looking over the top, is to pair one piece with a simple outfit, along with simple hair and minimal makeup so as to accentuate the classy appeal of the piece. For those who do wish to bring out their inner Rockstar however, there is no limit to the amount of layering that can be achieved with a series of chain bracelets, rubber wrist bands and charm bracelets; for the neck there are pendants, crosses, and, for the very edgy, gothic chokers!

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