​​​​​​​Movers and shakers: seven cool kinetic jewels

Rings, pendants and cuffs that spin, slide and flip

Messika white-gold and diamond Lucky Move Carabiner Necklace, £42,600
Messika white-gold and diamond Lucky Move Carabiner Necklace, £42,600

As the festive season gets into full swing, kinetic jewellery lends an extra swish to party outfits – but also adds interest to dress-down jumpers and jeans. These seven jewellers are making a move…

Messika

The Paris maison’s white-gold Lucky Move earrings update hardware – in the form of cool carabiners – for a luxury audience. Playing with asymmetry, a necklace features a pavé diamond medallion at the heart of which three brilliant-cut diamonds slide up and down. From €9,500, from messika.com.

Yael Sonia yellow-gold, diamond and amethyst Spinning Top cuff, $7,950
Yael Sonia yellow-gold, diamond and amethyst Spinning Top cuff, $7,950

Yael Sonia

A desire to “set custom gemstones free from their traditional settings” has shaped the New York-based jeweller Yael Sonia’s sculptural designs. Her Spinning Top cuff features a custom-cut amethyst that whirls and slides in a geometric yellow-gold, diamond-studded setting. $7,950, from yaelsonia.com.

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Marie Mas

The former Christian Dior Couture designer’s Moonlight King Wave ring incorporates a clever mechanism that allows rainbow moonstone-studded pins to adjust to the shape of the wearer’s finger, creating a pattern that is unique to each person. “The movement and its marvellous complexity is a little secret known only to the wearer,” explains Mas, adding that the blue-hued gems “translate the magic of the sea and the shimmer of the light dancing on the waves”. £4,108, from auverture.com

Marie Mas Moonlight King Wave ring, £4,108
Marie Mas Moonlight King Wave ring, £4,108

Jessica McCormack

Inspired by Alpine lifts, the Cable Car collection is a contemporary take on transformable jewellery. Diamonds in the house’s signature cut-down blackened-gold setting zip along handcrafted gold chains, while a specially developed spring mechanism keeps each stone in place until the wearer decides to glide it elsewhere. POA, from jessicamccormack.com.

Jessica McCormack yellow-gold, blackened-gold and diamond Cable Car earrings, POA
Jessica McCormack yellow-gold, blackened-gold and diamond Cable Car earrings, POA

Shihara

For those with more minimalist tastes, Passage by Shihara is a collection of delicate necklaces with simple bar or cube pendants that slide along the chain, allowing the wearer to adjust their length and appearance. Bar necklace 05 in 18ct gold and diamonds, $3,715, from shihara.com.

Shihara yellow-gold and diamond Bar necklace 05, $3,715
Shihara yellow-gold and diamond Bar necklace 05, $3,715

Ana-Katarina

With its flip-over construction, the Four Elements Air ring presents a different take on movement. An ode to the cosmos, the first face of the ring has a crescent moon and shooting star on a lapis lazuli backdrop. On the reverse, an intricate interwoven design recalls the connective patterns of the universe. $13,250, from anakatarina.com.

Ana-Katarina yellow-gold, diamond and lapis lazuli Four Elements Air ring, $13,250
Ana-Katarina yellow-gold, diamond and lapis lazuli Four Elements Air ring, $13,250

Santo

Also revealing secrets as it moves, the Alma Petal pendant comprises a matte rose-gold hinged orb that unfolds, puzzle-like, into a flower, its petals embellished with light-blue enamel and diamonds. $5,420, from santobyzani.com.

Santo rose-gold, diamond and enamel Alma Petal pendant, $5,420
Santo rose-gold, diamond and enamel Alma Petal pendant, $5,420

Maia Adams is a jewellery consultant and co-founder of Adorn Insight (adorninsight.com).

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