Statement pieces, bright colours, vivid stones and striking design dominate AW21 jewellery collections, as the pandemic set the scene for a new era where jewelled adornment has become a crucial fashion fix.

Between Zoom conferences and working-from-home, our limited social life and waist-up dressing for online chats put jewellery into the spotlight.

A rainbow of colours, sparkling gems and vivid enamel, especially earrings and dramatic necklaces, became a mainstay of our fashion creative. And the dramatic theme is set to continue, according to Irish online jewellers, SilverDluxe owner Bernard Holmes, who recently unveiled their sought-after new jewellery collection for autumn/winter and the festive season.

Rainbow pendant, SilverDluxe, €49.90

What's your sign?
People are wearing jewellery that feels both personal and bespoke, including zodiac-inspired pieces, from pendants to charm bracelets. Personalised pieces with initials and birthstones are also popular, allowing the wearer to add something meaningful and individual to their look.

Sorcha O'Raghallaigh is renowned for her statement zodiac pendants, featuring the zodiac signs in rich gold chains and bracelets. Her zodiac pendants cost between €65 and €80 depending on length.

Engraved jewellery, name pendants and initials are powerful statements embraced by the likes of Khloe Kardashian and Mila Kunis, and royal sisters-in-law Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton.

Celebrities may wear their hearts on their sleeves, but they also love having tribute jewels to their partners and children, wearing names and initials on rings, necklaces and earrings dedicated to loved ones.

Supermodel Gigi Hadid regularly wears boyfriend Zayn Malik's name as a gold nameplate pendant, and also has a necklace spelling baby daughter Khai's name in blingy bold letters.

Irish brand Juvi have a range of initial necklaces in both gold and silver, which can be personalised with additional gem stones. An initial charm in gold vermeil costs €35, while their birthstone charms cost €49.

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Statement rings
The return of statement rings and fashion cocktail rings sees them stacked and piled on. A key trend this season is rings on almost every finger, a runway styling trick that's easy to recreate.

Quirky charm bracelets take inspiration from the '80s friendship trend, mixing beaded bracelets in fun colours with quirky charms. A big trend in jewellery for a while now, locks and keys also remain on-trend as a modern update on lockets and charms this season.

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Hearts, pendants and crosses continue as a design theme, worn as a form of talisman or sentimental symbol.

Bright colours and striking design are the main themes of a joyful new jewellery mood, Holmes said at the recent launch of the brand's AW21 jewellery collection.

"As people look to dress-up again and have fun with fashion, their jewellery is reflecting a joyful mood with a trend for positive, uplifting pieces and novelty playful shapes and symbols".