This summer, there’s a bounty of new fruit jewels, from luscious ruby strawberry pendants to delicious citrine pineapple dress clips—and even bright green enamel kiwi earrings. With all this sparkly fruit, it’s the season to channel your inner Carmen Miranda and pick your favorite produce. It’s the best accessory to both update your summer wardrobe—and make you smile.
Fruity baubles are the perfect vacation jewelry to throw on with a bathing suit by the pool, or with a floral-print dress for dinner. But these aren’t costume jewels for kids, they are beautifully designed and crafted pieces made just for adults: a pineapple is hand-carved in prehnite and green chalcedony, a pomegranate is shaped from agate, and a strawberry is sculpted in rose gold. Playful yet sophisticated, these are timeless collectibles.
Stylized fruit has been a tempting theme in jewelry design for ages, and even Catherine the Great was known to love her fruit. She wore an enormous 226-carat rubellite raspberry with green enamel leaves, which was given to her as gift in 1777. So fond of fruit, the Empress also commissioned large diamond cherry earrings as gifts for tsarinas and grand duchesses on their wedding days.
“Fruit has always been a wonderful and influential motif in jewelry,” says Lee Siegelson, whose New York salon offers rare vintage and contemporary jewels. He points out that some of the best pieces were made in the Victorian era, when designers were obsessed with naturalistic themes and crafted romantic jewels in the shape of berries and clusters of grapes.
During the Art Deco period, Belperron and Boivin created artistically abstracted fruits, and in the 1950s and 1960s, Verdura and Donald Claflin and Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. all joined the fruit salad craze with their own signature interpretations. The tradition continues today in a range of styles, from Hemmerle’s artistic and exotic expressions to Marie-Hélène de Taillac’s new series of colorful carved gemstone fruit.
Here are the best fruit jewelry designs that will make it feel like summer long after the season changes.
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Tropical Pineapple Earrings
The French designer created a fruit basket of colorful jewels, each hand-carved by master craftsmen, like these lemon-color prehnite and green chalcedony pineapple earrings.
Gold Post Hoop Earrings
For a quick summer fix, go for citrus lemon drop earrings.
Pineapple Clips by Suzanne Belperron, Paris 1942
Suzanne Belperron at Siegelson
These stylized jeweled pineapples reflect Suzanne Belperron’s ability to reimagine the natural world through her artistic designs. The perfect finishing touch for day or eveningwear, they are made with 24 step-cut citrines meticulously set in a gold pineapple. Price upon request.
All you need is one gold and red enamel cherry stud to mix and match with your earrings to create your own ear party.
Straight from Mish’s garden, these big, juicy rose gold strawberry earclips replicate every detail of the designer’s favorite fruit, down to the tiny seeds. So realistic, you can almost smell them.
An everyday essential, these jade apple charms on rose gold hoops will elevate any look, from a t-shirt and jeans to a summery dress.
British designer Tessa Packard was dreaming of a kiwi daiquiri when she created these cheerful gold vermeil, jade, and enamel earrings. Light and breezy, they are the perfect travel accessory.
Gold and Diamond Pineapple Pendant Necklace
Not just for summer, this playful gold and diamond pineapple pendant is a great layering piece any day of the year.
A single little strawberry stud earring is the sweetest summer accessory. Mix it up with Ariel Gordon’s watermelon, blueberry or cherry studs, and you have a fruit salad.
Agate Pomegranate Charm Pendant
For a pop of juicy color, this pomegranate pendant is carved in agate with emerald leaves. It’s just one of the designer’s bounty of jeweled fruits: you can also choose from grapes, lemons, and figs. You’ll want them all.
Put this cherry on top of any outfit! For a blast of vibrant color, the cherry charm is made with red and yellow sapphires. Morelli’s fruit of salad of jeweled charms also include green tsavorite pears and ruby strawberries.
Lemon Drop Earrings
These lemon drop earrings will brighten any day with a blast of mouthwatering color, and they will get you noticed in the best way.
Precious fruit: Wendy Yue’s pink sapphire, tsavorite, and gold strawberry earrings are hanging from a line of rubellite gemstones.
A popular style in the 1950s, Oscar Heyman’s ruby strawberry brooch is still a favorite design. “It’s a style for jewelry collectors who like to have fun with their jewelry,” says Tom Heyman. Price upon request.
Banana Stud Earrings
Forget the classics this summer and go bananas with these gold and diamond stud earrings.
Loquet’s charm lockets let you curate your story in charms— and what’s better than adding your favorite fruits, like a bright red enamel, gold, and diamond cherry.
Boucheron Estate Gold and Diamond Grape Earrings
Boucheron takes a naturalistic approach to its fruit with these gold and diamond grape cluster earrings, circa 1980.
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