Love the sharp angles of a triangle or the smooth curve of a semi-circle? You’re not alone. Ever since Euclid, points, lines and planes have set our hearts a flutter and Greek, Roman and Islamic Art all make frequent use of geometric elements.
Trends come and go, but geometric jewellery never really goes out of date. There’s something so timeless and satisfying about a geometric-inspired aesthetic (if you understand, you understand!) So if circles, triangles and polygons are your thing too then you’ve come to the right place…read on for 8 pieces of handmade geometric jewellery to shop right now.
Above: Circle/Triangle Earrings in recycled silver, handmade by Elin Horgan Jewellery
1) I’m kicking off with one of my most popular and enduring designs, these lovely Circle/Triangle Earrings (see above). A coolly minimalist take on a drop earring, the two geometric shapes interlock so that they move freely when worn. Perfect for those who like their jewellery elegantly understated. These simple geometry inspired earrings are also available in gold plated recycled silver.
2) In the market for something a bit bolder? Then what about these lovely colourful contrast wooden earrings (below, left) which are available to buy from Little Red Apple Studio via Etsy along with her other jewellery pieces and cards? These cheery designs would brighten anyone's day....you could even buy two pairs to mix and match.
If semi circles are your thing then you might also like my Gold Opis Stud Earrings (below, right), which are inspired by the shapes in Greek & Roman Classical Architecture. These are the perfect everyday stud earrings and their sleek semi circle shape looks great worn alone or layered up with some larger hoop earrings.
Above: Colourful contrast wooden earrings from Little Red Apply Studio and Gold Opis Stud Earrings by Elin Horgan Jewellery
3) For those who believe that less is more when it comes to jewellery, you might like my very simple and pared back small shape necklaces which come in circle, triangle, diamond and teardrop designs, all available in both recycled silver and gold plate. These are great for layering together or with chunkier pieces for a more dramatic look.
4) And now for something complete different....bold shapes and bright colours make this gorgeous necklace from One We Made Earlier great choice for dressing up plain tee. It's an exclusive design made specially for the wonderful Unlimited Shop in Brighton and available in both in their shop and on their website.
5) Statement earring lovers, these ones are for you! The Gold Venus Statement Earrings would give any outfit a touch of serious pizzazz. Handmade from gold plated silver, they're definitely not for the shrinking violets, but I reckon these would look amazing paired with a vintage little black dress, keeping the other accessories to a minimum.
Above: Gold Venus Statement Earrings from Elin Horgan Jewellery
6) More triangles, this time made by a fair-trade enterprise in Rajasthan. The Neekala necklace is from Nkuku who work with artisans across the globe to create a range of beautiful and ethical home and lifestyle products.
8) Last, but no means least are the parallel hoop earrings (see above), one of my best selling designs which quite simply go with everything! An timeless and elegant hoop, these work equally well with a simple white shirt or styled up with evening wear. Definitely an investement piece that you'll return to again and again.
If vintage or pre-loved pieces are more your thing then it's really worth looking on eBay or visiting local auction houses either in person or online to see what you can find. Art Deco geometric-inspired designs were really popular during the 1920s and 30s and you can uncover some absolutely stunning geometric jewellery from the period if you have the patience and inclination to shop around.
Elin Horgan designs and creates handmade jewellery in her Bristol studio. Elin’s beautifully simple handmade jewellery is carefully crafted and designed to be worn every day. You can read more about Elin’s work and the ethos behind her understated jewellery brand on her About Elin Horgan Jewellery page.