If there were ever a time to assume the traits of a magpie, it is now. With the party season upon us, jewellery is in the spotlight in the coming month. Luckily for those looking for more edge than a sequin choker, designers have a number of options available. Hong Kong stylist Cheryl Leung combs jewellery displays for eccentric, pared-back pieces. "I appreciate designs that are minimal and rebellious, with a modern take on luxury. This makes the jewellery more relevant and easy to wear every day." Fine jewellery has seen a return to chunkier, statement pieces, says Leung. "Viktor & Rolf have collaborated with Atelier Swarovski to create a black diamond and jet piece with a flocking technique. The velvet rock double ring in jet is my favourite party piece at the moment." More predictably, gold is big this season. "I'm favouring white or yellow gold with pearls," says Leung. "Pearls are often associated with royalty or a grandmother's twin-set, but they are tuned into the fashion landscape with long bar pearl earrings, double resin bead and pearl earrings and ear cuffs." Ear cuffs have built a cult following in recent years, and they're great for those who aren't fans of the piercing gun. Charlotte Hwang and Jing Zhang (no connection to SCMP fashion editor) of independent retailer The 9th Muse are both fans. "Ear cuffs are great for dressing up or if you're going for a certain look," says Zhang. "They also add some edge to what you're wearing - they're very versatile pieces." Leung says ear cuffs "don't require many piercings, so they're easy to wear and make a quick transformation." In particular, she cites Delfina Delettrez's Gold Vein collection as one to look out for. "Delettrez has fixed 11 blue sapphire stones along the ear cuff line, but it only uses one piercing. There's an illusion of a lot of decoration and rebellion." Stacking is also trending this season. Jeanine Hsu of Hong Kong-based jewellers Niin is all about rings - as many as she can put on each finger. "I'm wearing a lot at the moment, I like to stack them all the way up my fingers, both cocktail rings and skinny stack ones," Hsu says. Recently opened on Hollywood Road, Niin came about after Hsu noticed how much waste was created during her time working at the Salzburg Festival and Vienna Burg Theatre as a costume designer. She decided to use repurposed materials and moved into jewellery and accessories made from natural materials. With an oval gemstone on a thin, gold plated band, Niin's personality rings are great for stacking. If it's impact you're after, there are other options. "Hand gloves are great for making a statement - musicians love them because their hands are always on show," says Hwang. Zhang agrees: "When I wear mine, I get comments all night." Lionette's Coltrane hand glove with pearl and Swarovski crystals harks back to the Moulin Rouge and cabaret - excellent for fancy dresses or with a simple LBD. For a more traditional piece, London jewellers Butler and Wilson have statement rings, including a whimsical silver and blue crystal eye ring from the label's vintage collection. For bohemians, party season is an excuse to go all out with colour, layering and ethnic garb. Despite the no-holds-barred stereotype, founder of accessories boutique Callixto, Sasha Dennig has noticed a shift in trends. "The mood has moved from 'everything goes, pile on as much as you can' to a more subtle and dainty look," she says. While this might appal our inner gypsy, there's value in choosing pieces that can be classic, says Hwang. "Trends fade quickly, so people want something that won't be too fussy and will last." Reproductions of ancient South American jewellery, Callixto's earrings from the Aztec Wonders collection offer this duality of daytime chic and party glamour. No party outfit is complete without a head-turner. Enter the body chain. Worn under a sheer blouse or over a no frills cocktail dress, the body chain makes a plain outfit pop, and it can be as much of a statement as you like. Rihanna has been seen with a chain over a bikini at a beach party, while Kate Hudson is known to wear one casually under a crop top and midi skirt. Classic chains, as well as wilder options in woven leather, are favourites at The 9th Muse - perfect for the party girl who's ready to steal the show. PARTY IN STYLE WITH THESE 1. Topshop For an all over sparkle this Cup chain crystal body chain (HK$728, topshop.com ) will add shine to your look. 2. Monica Vinader These Siren cocktail earrings (HK$4,007, monicavinader.com ) in green onnyx scream glamour. Wear with a classic LBD or a vibrant print. 3. Niin Made from cracked rainbow tab shell, brass and oyster shell, the Nepura Endless clutch (HK$8,000) is elegant and quirky. Available at Niin, 200 Hollywood Road, Central. 4. Shourouk The Parisian label is not known for subtlety, so stand out from the crowd with this necklace (HK$6,993) from Harvey Nichols. 5. Moschino Throw one of these over your shoulder on New Year's Eve and wait for the compliments. French fries shoulder bag (HK$6,350) at Lane Crawford, IFC, Central.