We have all heard of the “statement necklace”–massive bibs full of beads, sparkle, chain, and charm. Now, among current jewelry trends is the “statement pendant.” For spring and summer, pendants of all shapes, sizes, and configurations of materials, on very long strands of beads, chains, or leather cords, such as the pendant below, by Betty […]

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There’s nothing new under the sun, most will tell you. But in jewelry trends and jewelry design, sometimes certain styles reappear more vividly, capturing many imaginations along the way. ABOVE: openwork brooch by Suzanne Williams. Hot Jewelry Trends: Openwork One of the most popular jewelry trends at the Tucson gem shows this season, especially by […]

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In January, I posted a JCK-inspired 2018 jewelry trends forecast, suggesting that artistic jewelers will have an edge over conventional stores when it comes to selling their work to millennials. Then my son, Hans, visited a few days later. So I asked him what he thought. He’s a full-time energy analyst in Portland, Oregon, and […]

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If you live where I live, the 2018 trend forecast calls for snow. If you make jewelry, the JCK trend forecast calls for a flurry of millennials. JCK’s Victoria Gomelsky interviewed big thinkers in the fine jewelry industry to come up with her 2018 outlook. I’ve reinterpreted JCK’s findings for us studio jewelers. ABOVE IMAGE: […]

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Grammy fashion is always a strange mix of crazy, classy, and just confusing. It’s the award show where celebrities feel free to, say, wear a skirt made entirely of Chuck E Cheese pit balls (large plastic beads?). This risk-taking, rock star behavior applies to jewelry choices as well, and makes the Grammys a great place […]

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The Choker Redux The other day, I was walking down the street and spotted a twenty-something wearing the exact same sunflower vest I wore in my 4th grade school picture. Yes, the 90’s are back! While I have yet to see a sunflower vest on a runway or red carpet, one staple of 90’s fashion […]

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The Next Big Jewelry Trends of 2017 The time is upon us when we, as jewelry artists and editors, must turn our attention to the necks and wrists of models and movie stars for clues to the mystery of what the masses, and ourselves, will want to wear next.  As usual, some trends of the […]

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When most people think of high-end art jewelry, they think of stones and metal. You know, the hard stuff. But more and more jewelry artists are getting in touch with their softer sides, adding materials like fabric to their designs. And the trendiest jewelry “softwear” today is leather. In the past, leather was used primarily […]

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Create Red Carpet Worthy Jewelry Designs

The SAG (Screen Actor’s Guild) awards were held while I was in Tucson last year. For those of us lodging together, we had fun dishing about the red carpet and the designs seen on the celebrities. We had even more fun finding materials to design with while shopping the shows and tapping into the latest […]

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