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This Runway and Jewelry Trend Is Clear as Black and White

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Armani Prive fall 2018/19 Couture runway show.  / PHOTO COURTESY OF REX/SHUTTERSTOCK.

All colors of the rainbow were still going strong on fall/winter 2018/19 runways, but distinctive graphic looks in black and white made an equally bold statement. Jewelry designers have been creating a trend in blackened metals accented with white diamonds for some time in geometric and linear forms, as well as more fluid lines. These looks continue in popularity in everything from fringe earrings to contemporary takes on the riviere necklace. 

Eva Fehren

Blackened 18K gold necklace with white diamonds (7.07 TCW).

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$25,750   

Ileana Makri

18K oxidized white gold thread bracelet with white diamond baguettes (1.65 TCW).

ileanamakri.com

$12,495   

Nikos Koulis Oui

Collection fringe earrings with white diamonds.

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$27,800

Beth Bernstein is a published author of three books and jewelry and fashion expert with 18+ years experience. A broad knowledge of the history of jewelry and fashion coupled with a background in "the story", writing, trends, design concepts has earned Beth a proven track record.

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