The flip side of the medal

Trends Women

Written by Julie de Los Rios - Thursday, February 24, 2022

We thought it was doomed forever. Put away in a dusty drawer, sleeping in the family jewelry box. Or shimmering in the window of an antique dealer, waiting for a good soul to offer it a new life. And yet here it is, making a comeback. Wrapped around the necks of girls, who wear it close to their hearts. It? The medal, of course!

Gold medals, religious medals – medals are in fashion

If you don't have the chance to get hold of your grandmother's or your mother's baptism jewelry, don't panic...Like most old jewelry pieces that are all the rage today, they are everywhere! It doesn't really have anything to do with religion anymore, albeit in the name of Style. Sacrificed to fashion... You will find pretty pieces among the accessories of hip fashion brands (Rouje ou Maje), but also from young jewelry designers (Luj Paris, Elise Tsikis, Paulette à Bicyclette, Myrtille Beck).

But the prestigious brands of Place Vendôme are also in on it. At Van Cleef & Arpels, for whom the theme of Poetic Astronomy is fundamental, the Zodiac collection showcases the 12 star signs made of yellow gold. With the possibility to get them engraved for free, these pieces are part of the tradition of medals and charms created by the brand since the 1950s. Chaumet uses the medal to highlight one of its iconic motifs – the link. Available in different sizes, the Jeux de Liens Harmony medals are made of rose gold, diamonds and a choice of mother-of-pearl, malachite, turquoise, lapis lazuli or cornelian. Likewise, Tiffany’s places its famous initial (Tiffany T) at the heart of the Circle pendant, made of mother-of-pearl, diamonds and gold. Unless you prefer Chanel's Lion Medal?

Symbolic medals, talisman medals – meaningful jewelry pieces

It's up to you. One thing's for sure – once you start wearing it, you will never want to take it off. And for good reason! Medals are identity jewelry pieces we like to play with. It can represent your star sign, the love that we give or receive, it can reveal a personality trait, a color, a mood... Traditional, rock, playful, whimsical, or classic – it can take on any style. In short, this lucky charm is now the perfect accessory to complete a unique look.

So, are you feeling inspired? It's up to you! You can stack, vary the chain lengths and styles, mark special occasions... In short, have fun!