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Quick Guide to Gothic Jewelry

By Avery Quigley, American Gem Society

With the changing of the seasons, the days will be getting shorter and the nights longer, darker, and colder. With that in mind, this week’s blog will feature “Gothic” jewelry. Often characterized by its dark, mysterious, and sometimes macabre aesthetic, “Goth” can vary depending on individual preferences. Still there are a few common themes one can rely on when building a Gothic jewelry horde.

Most obvious would be the use of dark materials, emphasizing black or dark-colored stones and metal. It is also very common for gems to be set in silver or stainless steel. While AGS members don’t necessarily delve into Gothic, we are fans of the style and wanted to show you some pieces that have a slightly to full-on Gothic vibe.

Gothic jewelry frequently uses motifs and symbols associated with Gothic culture, including crosses, skulls, bats, spiders, and other macabre images, like these King Baby pieces below.

Gothic jewelry can be feminine and beautiful, too. Victorian and Romantic influences are popular for a classic Gothic style. You may see elements like intricate filigreed work, cameos, rich jewel tones, and ornate designs. The diamond accents on this “Mia” ring by Erica Courtney demonstrate that attention to detail beautifully.

Vintage or antique styles, especially those with historical vibes, are often incorporated. These periods can include Victorian, Baroque, or Art Nouveau. This Assael layered pearl necklace was already to die for, but the tear drop pendant takes it to the next level.

Dark gemstones, such as black onyx, garnet, amethyst, and red or black stones are often used to enhance the dark, mystical appeal. I can picture Count Dracula himself stunting this hauntingly beautiful zircon Ricardo Basta ring.

Like what you see? Visit and ask them about any of the above pieces and if they can help with your jewelry purchase.