Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Year of the Radiant Orchid

Pantone named 2014  the year of Radiant Orchid.    Radiant Orchid is a fantastic color that mixes well with gold, brass, and gunmetal shades of metal.    This shade is bold and can be used sparingly or it can be the centerpoint of your jewelry piece.   Michael Kors uses the shade as the centerpiece for his new watch designs.   Kate Spade uses the color to highlight different sizes of flowers in her statement necklaces that she mixes with gold metals.

The designs below show how versatile the color is when used in jewelry design.    The first example below by Emma Stine uses texture and gradiant color to highlight shades of the color in her design.  
The geometric shapes are a hot design element in 2014.
Photo courtesy of Pinterest and Emma Stine Jewelry.

My second example features a big bold tribal necklace designed with polymer clay beads.   What wonderful color contrasts in this piece! 

Photo courtesy: Etsy and IKKX.

My third selection shows off a beautiful bangle covered in gold and orchid floss.    What a simple but effective way to highlight the this beautiful shade.

Photo courtesy: Etsy and ChatonJewelry.

What can you do to incorporate this unusual color in your jewelry pieces this year?   I'd love to hear from you!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Trending Colors: Yellow Sensation

Have you noticed the color yellow popping up all over the fashion pages this spring?   It is everywhere from the streets to the runways.      Accessories are a good way to wear this bright sunny shade without feeling overwhelmed.   Here are some great examples of yellow used in conjunction with today's jewelry designs.

From Etsy seller https://www.etsy.com/shop/JustynaG, this "neon yellow" crochet bib neckpiece is a real standout!   I love the feminine look and the versatility of the piece. 

From Etsy seller Necklush,  this gorgeous tribal piece is handprinted and handmade.

Our third yellow selection is from Etsy seller SimplyQuilledDesigns, a jewelry artist specializing in unique paper designs.   I love the contrast of black with yellow.   It really emphasizes the bright sunny color to its full advantage.

I hope these pieces inspire you to create some fabulous yellow pieces for yourself or your customers.    Yellow rocks, for those who dare!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Geometric Jewelry Trends in Fashion 2014

Have you noticed the trend for geometric designs this season?   Its everywhere I look - on models, on TV, on fashion runways, on Etsy, and hopefully, being worn by you too!!!  

Geometric designs can be created and designed in so many different ways.  For jewelry designers, the choices are many.   Multi-tonals or two-toned?  Metals or wood?  Fabrics or paper?  
Leather cut-outs are trendy also!  You can also design a flat piece or decide to go with a multi-dimensional material, such as wood. 

I have found many jewelry designers using geometrics in their designs.   The results are vibrant creations with a freshly modern appeal.  

Etsy seller KAYEganda uses an inventive eco-friendly approach to jewelry design.   The piece below is made from recycled cardboard from holders for game pieces with colorful embroidery floss.

I love BooBooFactory's use of color and shape.   Her look is certainly distinctive.   Below is a necklace designed with geometric leather cut-outs in a variety of neon colors.  

The third piece is by myself, created for AriDesigns.   I used unfinished geometric wood pieces and covered them with different metallic paint colors.   I also used a minimalistic brass chain to enchance the look of the piece.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

April Birthstones

So here we are and its April already!   If you are celebrating a birthday in April you are a lucky gal!
The fabulous diamond gemstone symbolizes eternal love.  The word Diamond is derived from the Greek word "adamas" which means "hardest metal".  The diamond is noteworthy for its extreme hardness and brilliancy.

The corresponding Zodiac sign for this birthstone is the Aries.  Traditional metaphysical properties for this stone are balance, clarity, and abundance.  Diamonds are found in the countries of
Australia, Ghana, Zaire, Russia, USA and Brazil.

Below are two examples of brilliant diamond jewelry.   The first picture shows a vintage art deco style ring or brooch, and looks to date back to the Great Gatsby era.    Simply amazing.

Photo courtesy Pinterest.

The second example is a stunning vintage 1930's diamond engagement ring.   The sides seem to have a diamond-back design and the ring setting is art deco.   I would love to know more about the origin and designer of this ring, but unfortunately I have no information.  

Photo courtesy: Pinterest
What do you think of these two examples?    Would you wear them today?   

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Flapper Jewelry

Flapper jewelry dates to the 1920's when young women known as "flappers" were all the rage.   They represented a new fancy-free woman who dressed in uncorseted fashions, bobbed hair, and kohl-lined their eyes.    Flappers wore mainly art-deco style (see previous posts for a complete definition of this style).   Many jewelry artists still use this style of jewelry to create wonderful pieces designed with colorful beads of glass and/or plastic in round or geometric shapes.   A main characteristic of this type of necklace is its length, which tends to be at least 36 inches and can be as long as 60 inches.    These necklaces were designed to wrap around the neck several times in long drapes.   When the flappers would dance, these necklaces would be dancing with them!    This jewelry has a timeless quality that still attracts jewelry buyers today.    Why don't you try your hand and experiment with some flapper-style necklaces?    There is no right or wrong way to make them and the only limits are your own imagination!

Here are some beautiful samples of flapper-style necklaces which are handmade by Etsy artisans.

A lovely red and yellow combination necklace by Etsy seller Alfadesigns:

A real vintage piece made with plastic Lucite, by Etsy seller Talkingfashionnet:

And finally a gorgeous combination of glass and plastic beads by Etsy seller luvintage: