Fall Jewelry Trends, Plus New Gallery of Reader Designs

Fall Jewelry Trends

When I say "fall jewelry", what comes to mind?  Leaves?  Rich colors?  Certain metals?  Lately I've been reaching for my copper and brass beads and findings–somehow those metals feel more earthy and fall-like.  Even when I do choose silver, I gravitate towards the antiqued look as with the Autumn Breeze Earrings that I made for my mom a few years ago.

I looked through several fine jewelry and fashion magazines and all agreed that "drama" was a key trend in jewelry this fall.  Of course, not everyone agreed what that meant!  Here are a few ideas:

  • cuff bracelets
  • statement necklaces with multistrands, pendants, or large gemstones
  • bold earrings like chandeliers
  • large rings

Other fall trends mentioned were vintage looks, purple, asymmetry, mixed metals, "green" (recycled materials), and roses/flowers.  What trends do you see for fall?  Do you ever consider trends in your designs?  Share your thoughts on the website.

Fall Reader Gallery

I loved the submissions for the reader gallery!  Here are a few of my favorites:

Inspired by the Beadwork Challenge

Lucky reader Holly Kline was selected to complete the Beadwork challenge in the new issue.  Holly says, "I get a lot of inspiration from nature, the Impressionists, William Morris, the Celts, Renaissance art, and the mystical, magical aspects of the world, with the occasional foray into goth-punk beauty."  Pictured is one of Holly's pieces.  Her current favorite technique is bead embroidery.  "I just can't seem to get enough!"  See a photo of Holly's striking paua shell, crystal, and seed bead challenge project necklace in the October/November 2008 Beadwork on sale now.  

It's Your Turn!  If you're one of the many beaders inspired by beads, sign up for a chance to participate in an upcoming Beadwork magazine challenge.  One U.S. or Canadian reader will be chosen at random will receive a challenge kit and have his or her design featured in the magazine.  Sign up by November 12, 2008.

Call for Next Reader Gallery

Do you have a holiday or winter-inspired design to share?  What about a favorite gift idea?  If you would like to participate in this reader gallery, please send me a link to your blog/website or one JPG image of your best design by October 24, 2008.  Only one design per person please!  Use the email address:  bdsubmissions@interweave.com and In the subject line of your email, write:  Holiday Reader Gallery.  Be sure to title your design and tell me a little bit about it in your email!

Michelle Mach shares beading news, contests, reader galleries, and other beady stuff every Monday on Beading Daily. If you have comments or questions for Michelle, please post them on the website.

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