Ms. Chesnais said she finds inspiration in the starkly voluptuous 1970s-era work by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. and in Danish silver maker Georg Jensen. One major selling point for her—and for anyone looking to invest in the look—is silver’s excellent value. Indeed, sterling silver jewelry rarely hits the $2,000 mark, and most pieces are priced under $1,000. The medium size of her silver Saturn hoop earrings are $460, and her double-looped Initial cuff is $1,139. “In France, silver is considered a precious metal,” she added. “I love the idea of proposing something precious with a nice price.”
The desire to offer substance sans sticker shock also motivated Fashion Jewelry New York-based designer Lynn Ban to start mixing silver with diamonds for the tough-luxe pieces she launched her label with in 2011. Her work takes cues from armor; it’s not always delicate. “Using gold would be cost prohibitive,” she said. For inspiration, Ms. Ban also looks to modern sculpture and art. “You don’t see a Zaha Hadid building in gold, do you?” she said. “It’s always silver.” The metal, she added, looks “substantial and significant.”
New York-based stylist Vanessa Traina Snow cast doubt on the idea that a silver revival is under way, arguing that something so classic never really goes away. Still, she’s excited about designers like Ms. Buhai, who she thinks are reinvigorating the metal. In fact, Ms. Traina Snow worked with Ms. Buhai on a special collection—new variations on the label’s signature Egg Pendant—to be sold at the recently opened brick-and-mortar incarnation of Ms. Traina Snow’s e-commerce Cheap jeweler site the Line, in Los Angeles, called the Apartment.Theirs is a simpatico relationship. Pieces like Ms. Buhai’s Egg Pendant play rather beautifully off the Line’s stock of minimalist clothes in a classic, neutral palette. The aesthetic is discerning and distinctly chic but also more office-friendly than say, the bohemian look of layered gold bracelets and stacked rings. That’s a welcome rarity with new trends.Want to buy one? Welcome to our store fashionjewelry9.com.