Jewelry Trends. Precious Metals While Silver has always complemented the cool gemstone colors, combinations with warm tones are becoming more popular, which adds a new dimension. Gold has been extremely popular in past seasons, but bimetal and mixed metals – different colors of metal in the same design – are also coming on strong.
Bimetal refers to an object that is composed of two separate metals that have been joined together. Instead of being a mixture of two or more metals, like alloys, bimetal objects consist of layers of different metals. And it takes a bit of heavy-duty equipment to fabricate, but the results are stunning. I’ve seen bimetal used in art jewelry recently.
Decorated Metal Surfaces
Whether they’re etched, oxidized, or textured with tools, darkened and decorated metals are important in all facets of design. The mixing of gemstones and texture complements this trend.
Artcarved ‘Citadel’ Tungsten Ring
This tungsten carbide ring is perfect for those shopping for a Celtic design. Measuring 8mm wide, and plenty hefty, this tungsten ring has a really cool Celtic design etched into the surface.
Vibrant Colors in Jewelry
The world-renowned authority on color, Pantone has published its fashion color report, which is described as the “season of change,” defined by rich and elegant hues. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute states that “fall is traditionally a time for subdued, quiet colors, but this season we are seeing a shift toward cool hues with bright exciting undertones.”
The Blues Have It
Blue Iris, a beautifully balanced blue with an undertone of purple, is a favorite among designers, because it combines the calming aspects of blue with the mystical qualities of purple. Dramatic Royal Lilac brings purple to the forefront of fashion, and generates a bit of heat with its exciting red undertones.
Serene, sophisticated Caribbean Blue is another popular hue, especially in jewelry and accessories, but it can also add a colorful intensity wherever it is used. Twilight Blue, a twist on the classic navy, shows the transitional aspect of spring segueing into fall.
Chalcedony & Aquamarine Necklace
3-4mm Aquamarine Bead Necklace.
Blue Chalcedony Pendant.
Set in 14kt yellow gold.
Hanging length: 1 1/2″
Combining Warm and Cool Gemstones
The design below actually covers two trends:
Mixing cool and warm gemstone colors in the same design.
Using warm gemstone colors with Sterling Silver, instead of Gold.
Lemon Quartz & Peridot Vine-Motif Pendant
7.5 Total Carats Peridot
20 Carat Lemon Quartz
Vine-Motif in Sterling Silver
A whole range of jewelry trends that have been popular in the recent past will continue to receive attention:
• Colored diamonds
• Large single-gemstone rings
• Bold bangles and cuff bracelets
• Black gems with precious metals
• Nature-inspired and eco-friendly jewelry
Vermeil (ver-may) is a combination of sterling silver and gold that is commonly used as a component in jewelry. This isn’t necessarily a trend, but I have seen many vermeil pieces recently. It adds another point of interest to any design. A typical example is sterling silver coated with 14k gold. To be considered vermeil, the gold must be at least 10k, and at least 1.5 micrometers thick. Sterling silver covered with another metal cannot be called vermeil.
Smoky Quartz and Diamond Vermeil Ring
11 carat Smoky Quartz in varying shapes and Diamond accents.
Set in Sterling Silver and Vermeil: 18k gold-plated sterling silver.
A Trend or a Fad?
For jewelry designers, trends are easy to follow, because many purchases year after year are the same products or concepts, just different colors, styles, and themes to suit individual tastes that change constantly. A trend is a buying pattern that lasts between five and ten years and is generally widespread. A fad seems to occur among smaller groups for only a year or two, and only lasts until the novelty wears off or until something new takes its place.