Dressed to Kill: The ‘Mob Wife’ Aesthetic

Statement-making jewelry and lots of gold rule this maximalist trend.

May 23, 2024  |  Rachael Taylor

When Lady Gaga embodied the big-haired, cripplingly adorned Patrizia Reggiani for her role in the film House of Gucci, she pulled the trigger on a new sartorial style that has since been dubbed “Mob Wife.” And the better half of this trend is most definitely the jewelry.

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Lionheart Cassandane Sun medallion with diamonds in 14-karat yellow gold. (Lionheart)

“Think of The Godfather, The Sopranos and Goodfellas… [it’s] power [and] confidence wrapped up in femininity,” declares Clémence Devaux, who heads up the jewelry department at auction house Catawiki. It recently curated an auction dedicated to the trend, with bold gold jewels and attention-seeking 1980s-inspired designs.

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Briony Raymond Sloan signet ring featuring a 2.50-carat, rose-cut diamond in 18-karat yellow gold. (Briony Raymond)

“This style is the opposite of quiet luxury and invites people to be courageous and stand out,” she says.
It is not so much that jewelers need to create new designs to fit this theme; they can draw on existing collections or vintage designs. Supersized hoops, heavy chains, bold cuffs and look-at-me cocktail rings all work. Yellow gold is the metal of choice for this trend, and layering is vital to unlocking the look. When embracing Mob Wife, more is more…and probably still not enough.

Emily P. Wheeler
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Emily P. Wheeler Tubogas cuff in 18-karat yellow gold with diamonds. (Emily P. Wheeler)

“Layer your necklaces, stack your bracelets and don’t hold back on those rings,” Joy Haugaard, founder and creative director at New York brand Lionheart, advises clients. “Mob Wife-inspired jewelry is more than just accessories — it’s a story of luxury, power, boldness, cultural depth and unapologetic excess.”

Main image: Selection of Eéra diamond rings in 18-karat gold on model. (Eéra)


Dressed to Kill: The ‘Mob Wife’ Aesthetic

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