‘Every rose seems to have a thorn’ go the lyrics of the well know song, and the same seems to hold true for current jewelry trends as well. Inspired by the Punk and Grundge fashion movements, spikes have embedded themselves deep into the jewelry styles of today. Quite simply put, a spike element is a pointy detail added to an accessory to give it a dramatic and on-trend feel. These elements can add a hint of toughness to your accessories and also look poetic at the same time
The edginess added to jewelry by adding studs and spikes is derived historically from the middle ages. Roman and Celtic soldiers often wore uniforms and amours decorated by spikes to add a protective element to their military clothing. Leather strips adorned with spikes were also worn around wrists and waists in a manner that is also known to be fashionable today.
Going on the 1970s, spikes saw a resurgence in Punk and rock cultures and began to be used as decorative elements. Associated with crazy haircuts and rebellious behavior, the use of spikes came to represent a sub culture based on anarchy and the breaking of stereotypes. Rock and punk music fans would also wear a lot of spikes in their clothing and jewelry to denote association with the kind of look they associated their music to. By the 1980s this look had reached its peak and began to make an appearance in pop culture as well as worn by singers such a Madonna and Paula Abdul. From the 1990s to now, spikes have completely lost their rebellious edge and have now been incorporated into mainstream fashion as a form of detailing and on trend fashion statement used by designer labels.
From precious jewelry to designers, a costume and high street label, everyone one is incorporating spikes into their accessory collections. Paired with tassels, another popular trend for spring summer 2016, spikes are literally popping up everywhere you turn. French precious jewelry designer Aurelie Bidermann worked little spike points denoting thorns into an 18k gold ring for her rose bud collection. Famous shoe designer Christian Louboutin has used spikes all over his shoes, bags and accessory collections. Studs and spikes as a grunge look has been updated by fashion labels such as Vivienne Westwood, Chanel, Rodarte and Jeremy Scott.
At Pookaari we have a wide range of designer necklaces and earrings which incorporate spike detailing. Shop necklaces at BBling, Spike chandelier earrings by Ragini Mittal and Studs by Jewelry Box. Designer Felix Bendish also provides us with punk necklaces with interesting spike details to update our accessory style and incorporate spikes into our collection this season.