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Top Jewlery Trends
Forget the Gold. Go for the Bold.
Here’s one of our little secrets. We love jewelry and we have a few wonderful good pieces and we love it when people compliment them. But the best is when we get similar compliments when wearing a really, really inexpensive piece of costume jewelry. We use to pipe up and say, oh we found this for only, blah, blah dollars. Now we just say “thank you.” So as jewelry lovers, we were excited to get scoop on the hot jewelry trends from the editors at JCK ,the jewelry industry’s leading trade journal. They just returned from the industry’s premier jewelry show in Las Vegas, and they’ve got the scoop on this year’s four most prevalent and prominent trends . It’s all about making “bold” statements . A great example are the beautiful Irene Neuwirth jade chandelier earrings that Glee’s Lea Michele wore to this year’s Tony Awards. (See below.) Irene Neuwirth can be found at high end stores like Barney’s and her earrings start at $1,000 and go up and way up from there. Of course, you always head to one of favorite inexpensive costume jewelry stores, like Laila Rowe, and create a similar look (not in real Jade of course.
Designers and consumers alike have recently been making “bold” statements with their gem-laden accessories. From unusual geometrically shaped pieces to intricately designed animal pendants, shockingly bright patterned bangles and oversized cuffs-- this year’s favorite jewelry is anything but traditional.
Top Four Trends:
“Oftentimes people are apprehensive about wearing bold or different jewelry, but it’s a great way to put some character into a look,” says JCK editor Nancy Sidewater. “The pieces you choose don’t necessarily have to be attention-grabbing or distracting to make a statement. Unique and original designs allow the wearer to vocalize their personality.”
1. Don’t Be a Square: Stand out with geometric pendants and bangles. Instead of sticking to solid beads, a number of designers have created unique pieces featuring delicate silhouettes of various shapes. Elements and Alloys’ “Lace Necklace” of crescent moon links and Elle Jewelry’s “LinkUp” oval link collar necklace are two must haves. 2. Natural Selection: Nature’s very own flora and fauna are being commemorated in the form of heavily bejeweled rings, brooches, and intricate pendants. Up and coming designer Mia Pezzi’s line of “Incantato” rings are adorned with custom, diamond-studded flowers. Then head into the wild for Chopard’s 150th Anniversary, with an extensive, sculpture-like animal themed line. 3. Bright Horizons: Eye-catching colors and patterns are cool ways to stand out and make your style bolder. New York designer Aaron Basha rocked the traditional world of jewelry with his “Willy-Wonka—meets—Barnum-and-Bailey” like charms. Celebrities can vouch for this new fun trend-- Glee star Lea Michele, featured left, chose a pair of bright green Irene Neurwirth chandelier earrings for the 2010 Tony Awards. Neurwirth's jewlery is featured at Barney's and starts at $1,000 and way up. Or you could rock this look with slightly less pricey version, in plastic jade, from Leila Rose. Irene Neurwith's jade chandeliers, left. Price: Well over $1,000. Laila Rowe costume chandeliers, right, $16.99. 4. Thinking Big: With this new trend, there’s no such thing as “too much”- oversized cuffs, densely layered bangles, and giant pendant necklaces have all found their way into the top designer lines this year. Hollywood loves this trend too- Natalie Portman wore a black onyx and diamond studded Tiffany & Co. cuff to the Vanity Fair Oscar party this year. Expect this “big” idea to continue on, as well-- Nadja Swarovski and Karl Lagerfeld’s fall collaboration features giant cuffs (featured left) with even bigger jewel-studded bows.