Negative space: the minimalist jewellery trend that is challenging our perceptions of design

Negative space in jewellery design is all about reading between the lines and appreciating what isn't there, rather than what is.

Hannah Martin's Comte Pyramid ring, designed as a piece of sculpture, is set with rubies and orange and magenta sapphires in blackened gold. Image by Joss McKinley.

By Rachel Garrahan in New York

It's not what you can see but what you can't this season. For a luxe, minimalist style statement, these gems turn convention on its head, focussing on negative space rather than on a central stone. 

"Negative space" is a phrase we heard a lot of at the Couture Show in Las Vegas. It's all about reading between the lines and appreciating what isn't there, rather than what is.

Hannah Martin's Comte's Pyramid ring is an elegant example of negative space that perfectly balances its exaggerated size with the space in between. Featuring rubies and orange and magenta sapphires in blackened gold, it is designed as a piece of sculpture that will look as good off the hand as on.

Jack Vartanian celebrates the beautiful facets of a gemstone with the clean lines of his Brilliant earrings, lining them with tiny diamonds for extra sparkle.

And Jemma Wynne takes its signature open bracelet style and translates it to a ring that contrasts a glossy grey pearl with a square diamond.

The elegant yet whimsical Stalactite earrings by Greek designer Lito look light as a feather, tracing an outline with 96 rose cut diamonds. And Borgioni's hinged ring spreads the negative space all the way along the finger.

In the spirit of this minimalist trend, need we say more? These pieces speak for themselves.

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