Thursday, February 21, 2013

2013 Jewelry Trends


Jewelry trends are derived from the three Rs: red carpet, runway, and real life. Here’s a list of 12 trends compiled through jewelry market research of new styles seen at shows and during market appointments, runway fashions for spring, and top looks at awards shows.

Tacori Emerald Green City Lights Collection
Emerald. It’s the color of the year per PANTONE, and is being widely used in the fashion collections of numerous clothing designers, not to mention the stone itself has been a big hit on the red carpet for some time. Plus, international mining firm Gemfields now aims to do for emeralds what De Beers has done for diamonds: Turn them into household must-haves for Americans, with conflict-free sourcing from the start. (Retailers: Remember, too, the importance of color-blocking accessories with this year’s fave clothing hue.)
Tacori FE597
Subtle Drop Earrings. They make a slightly bigger statement than last year’s studs—widely worn on the red carpet—and coordinate with many a fashion silhouette, so the petite drop earring is a style to watch this year. They also made a splash on the red carpet in 2012 at the Golden Globes, and will nicely complement spring’s full skirts, and romantic and flouncy effects.
Belle Etoile Cuff
Black and White. The colors are still all over the runways, and with 2012’s Art Deco effects happily lingering, black and white will remain in style for quite a while. In jewelry, this bodes well for diamonds—America’s perennial favorite—and cool colored stones like colorless rock crystal, black spinel, onyx, white topaz, and more. (Stay tuned for the February 2013 issue of JCK for rock crystal looks to covet.)
Belle Etoile Mamba Pendant
Snakes. According to the Asian calendar, 2013 is the year of the snake! Bulgari is already on trend, with its Serpenti collection (Rachel Weisz serves as the face of the campaign), and many independent jewelry designers and manufacturers are well on their way to serving up stylized rattlesnakes and chic serpent jewels that consumers request.
Anzie Drusy Pendant
Drusy. There was lots of it in finished collections during jewelry week 2012 in Las Vegas, at the summer edition of the Jewelers of America show, as well as in entries to this year’s AGTA Spectrum Awards. The flat-backed, crystal-dusted mineral has an organic look many consumers love, is relatively inexpensive, and is available in a wide variety of colors.
Tacori "City Lights" collection
Cabochons. They were abundant during jewelry week 2012, and are a welcome sight after years of slices. Cabochon cuts allow enthusiasts to enjoy vibrant colored gemstones that probably contain too many inclusions to facet, thereby making them a little less costly, and sometimes a bargain for shoppers. Plus, they fit perfectly with spring’s casual clothes such as slouchy suits, loose-fitting pants, and denim. (Look for cabochon jewels in JCK's upcoming February issue.)
Hair Ornaments. Think barrettes and hairbands, but also tiaras and crowns. Impractical, you say? Perhaps, but they’re youthful and fun, and more widely available thanks to daring designers (like this one and this one) who’re making them, and clothing designers using them on runways (see here and here). Hair ornaments are ideal statements to top off spring’s sheer and gossamer looks that rightfully call attention to the body for their whimsical effects, and where a fanciful headpiece could be just the right accessory.
Amber. It’s light, inexpensive, beautiful, not widely used—yet—in fine jewelry, but I think it’s poised for greatness. Polish jewelry designers, with an abundance of Baltic amber in their backyards, already know the versatility and tawny appeal of fossilized tree resin, but a handful of high-end designers (Lucifer vir Honestus from Italy, Australia’s New York City transplant, Ray Griffiths, and more) are dabbling in the stuff with delightful results. (New amber jewels will be spotlighted in JCK's February issue.)
Meira T Rose Gold Diamond Necklace
Soft and Sweet. Petite karat gold pendants speak to the still-soaring price of gold and ideally accent spring’s necklines and romantic themes, while matte- and sand-blasted gemstone finishes seen industry-wide this year speak to spring’s soft aesthetics. Even Sarah Michelle Gellar could be seen sporting a stunning pair of frosted chalcedony drop earrings from Bulgari to the 2012 Golden Globes.
Brass, Bronze, and Well-Made Costume. Casual couture rules this spring, making room for earthy materials, denim, slouchy silhouettes, and the well-placed, well-made costume jewel. Let’s face it: The economy has opened up space in jewelry cases nationwide for costume jewels, so you might as well get acquainted with some of the better makers. Think Anndra Neen and Miriam Salat, and a host of others whom JCK will introduce you to in the new year.
Chinoiserie. Asian motifs were on the spring runways, and they’ve also cropped up in jewelry in the form of bamboo motifs, jade, cherry blossom motifs, and more. Tassels have been in lines for the past several years, and we’ll continue to see them for the immediate future.
Tacori RoyalT HT 2612 RD10
Estate. More retailers are directing shoppers to vintage stock to find great deals on wedding sets, fine gemstones, period looks, and more. And with the resurgence of Art Deco looks last year, shoppers are discovering those styles and more have long-lasting appeal.
Written by Jennifer Heebner, Senior Editor of JCKonline
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