The world of fashion is always changing. The fun part is trying to keep up! With jewellery styles this year, we’re seeing a bit of a throw-back to earlier times – and a willingness to get whimsical and fun.
If you’re planning on making a jewellery purchase in the near future – whether you’re shopping for bridal jewellery or just something nice for an evening out – consider some of these trends before you head to the jeweller.
Modernist Jewellery – This year, we’re seeing more clean, precise lines and geometric shapes in designer jewellery. For example: Gucci’s gilded “box” chokers or Balenciaga’s rows of moulded cuffs.
Ocean-Themed Jewellery – Get ready to dive in! Blue and green gemstones, such as tourmaline, emerald, sapphire, lapis, malachite, and jade, are appearing more and more. Also, necklaces and earrings with conch, starfish, and seahorse themes are in – and some jewellery is even incorporating real shells, too.
Smaller Chandelier Earrings – They’re not quite as long – but they’re just as ornate! You’ll notice them from LAGOS and John Hardy jewellery, as well as see them featured in many magazine spreads. Keep an eye out.
Hair Jewellery – What could be a better way to incorporate more sparkle into an ensemble? At red carpet events and in bridal jewellery, you’ll see shining barrettes, hair bands, tiaras, and brooches, particularly in younger people. It gives new meaning to letting your hair “shine”!
Art Deco Jewellery – The Roaring ‘20s have returned with flapper dresses back in style. Perhaps this is due to the HBO hit Boardwalk Empire, or to the upcoming remake of The Great Gatsby, but whatever the reason, it goes well beyond flapper dresses – we’re also seeing a resurgence of art deco jewellery. Expect to see even more flower motifs and all-out glamorous jewellery as the year goes on.
Return of the Pearls – Always a classic, pearls of all different types – freshwaters, mother-of-pearl, white, black – are turning up in jewellery everywhere. They’re also an essential part of art deco jewellery for your flapper-inspired ensemble!
Tribal Motifs – Those real shells I mentioned earlier are also making their way into tribal jewellery, which often features angular pieces as well as horn and leather accents. These types of tribal motifs are often worn with column dresses.
Get Sporty! – Do you like to look good while you’re out for a jog? Who doesn’t! You may want to consider donning some simple designer jewellery, such as charms, small pendants, and studs. Another popular addition for athletic fashion is bright coloured watches that coordinate with your hoodie or track suit. Beauty and functionality in one!
Tangerine Jewellery – As Pantone’s Colour for 2012, this lively hue is making its way to many spring runway shows along with gemstones such as citrine and fire opal. If you want to get in on the act, try “colour blocking,” which means using many bright colours together.
Vintage-Style Bridal Jewellery – Think Old Hollywood. Classic silver designs and pearls are most popular. The desired effect is both feminine and glamorous! Many brides are also seeking out custom bridal jewellery to have something unique to wear on their one-of-a-kind big day.
Pyrite – Indie designers are embracing this mineral with its unique smoky colour, particularly for fall fashions. If you want something a little hip and funky, it’s definitely the way to go.
Button and Stud Earrings – Very popular on the red carpet and also part of some new jewellery collections, these earrings are back – with a twist. Look around and you’ll find unexpected motifs with a more playful feeling.
Pendant Necklaces – Don’t just stop at one! You can create a really interesting effect by layering on several of different lengths and styles.
Whatever style you’re drawn to, you’re sure to find something of interest among the many jewellery trends for 2012. The trick is deciding which jewellery style to settle on for your next big night out.