What goes around comes around, which means that if you wait long enough the fashion of old will become new again. That fact means that it is important to understand what the trends where from each decade.
The 1960’s saw an emergence of a new material which made jewelry an affordable option for the masses. Enter the plastic bead. Most of the 1960’s was filled with color and shapes. One of the first stackable collections began in the 1960’s.
The 1970’s saw the introduction of the minimalist movement and is characterized by materials like hemp and twine. Darker colors were all the rage making the pairing of leathers and dark metals a perfect option for your jewelry collection.
The 1980’s saw the emergence of the punk rock movement and the reintroduction of bold colors in jewelry. During the 1980’s the motto was the bigger the better and everyone was vying for that next big piece to complete their collection.
White gold dominated the 1990’s and the beginning of the body piercing movement can be traced to the 1990’s as people began to truly embrace jewelry as a form of self-expression.
As each decade passes, it leaves behind a trend and a pattern that will forever more be linked to a period of time. As an essential part of out style journey, we must first know where we came from. Once you have mastered those traits and characteristics, then you are ready to embrace the future in full force.
As the biggest party night of the year, you want to look festive and appropriate for the party you are attending. Here are a few options for the various types of parties going on this New Year’s Eve:
If you are attending a more festive occasion where “black tie required” is on the invitation, you may want to spice up your jewelry for such an occasion and pull out the diamonds. For cocktail parties, diamond stud earrings, simple diamond necklaces and single-band diamond bracelets are the recommended jewelry attire. With cocktail parties, keep it simple, but definitely add some sparkle to spruce up a nice dress.
Fancy Hotel Bash
If you are dressing up in a long evening gown for a lavish affair, a big, bold statement piece is very complementary to the occasion. Look for big, colored stones such as sapphires, rubies or emeralds to match your dress. If you prefer colorless diamonds, long strands on a necklace really stand out, as do cluff bracelets. If you aren’t one to wear a lot of jewelry on the body, try earrings with a lot of dangle to them—ones that come down to your chin.
Small House Party
For smaller occasions, it is perfectly acceptable to pair down the jewelry. Look for simple diamond earrings and single stand diamond bracelets. They will add a little bit of sparkle, but nothing over the top.
Dinner with Your Sweetie
If your significant other is taking you out to a nice restaurant with just the two of you, look for larger diamond stud earrings and necklaces with pear cuts, especially for off-the-shoulder dresses. While most of the country is very cold on New Year’s Eve, the pear shape will stand out even with a heavy winter coat on as you walk to and from the car.
Whatever the occasion, jewelry is an integral part of the wardrobe for the most festive day of the year—New Year’s Eve.
Every bride wants to feel like her style and her wedding are unique. One of the many hot trends this year is bohemian fashion, so bohemian brides are looking for jewelry that will complement their wedding day style and that also has the ability to be worn again to work or for an evening out on the town. Often, bohemian brides are choosing jewelry that contains a myriad of metal and gemstone colors with unique pieces featuring elements of nature. So, how do you find jewelry that is as unique as you are with eye-catching colors and a nod to nature? Consider the following aspects when deciding which piece will make you shine and look your best on your wedding day:
Metal Types and Colors
For a more casual, bohemian feel to your wedding day jewelry, consider metals that have textures. Warm, yellow gold tends to show texture more than a cold metal like white gold. The pink hues of rose gold also showcase texture exquisitely while adding a feminine touch.
Tacori Smokey Quartz Pendant With Diamond Crescent 18k Rose Gold Frame
Turquoise oval stones provide the feel of the element of water. Just as the sun sets over the sea green of ocean waters, so too will the light shine off of turquoise jewelry encase in beautiful, warm yellow gold. For a more regal effect, brides may choose blue sapphires that evoke images of a Hawaiian sunset or coastal waters at night. With the multitude of colors in nature’s elements as their guide, jewelers can create stunning jewelry in any hue to work with a bride’s vision.
Tacori Cushion Cut Neolite Turquoise and Faceted Lemon Quartz Pendant
Nod to Nature
Jewelry featuring leaf and floral patterns is hot right now for the bride who wants to be unique on her wedding day. By combining multiple metal and gemstone colors into one piece, jewelers are also making the bold statement that nature has many elements to offer that are just as beautiful as white diamonds. Often times these pieces are dramatic and offer brides a way to accent their beautiful white or off-white gowns with a pop of color that shows their organic side.
Starbust Flower Pendant With Movable Petal Components in White, Yellow, and Rose Gold
Whether the bohemian bride wishes to showcase her love of nature or her appreciation for the colors nature provides, going boho chic with her wedding jewelry would be a unique choice and would provide her with jewelry she could wear many times after she says “I do.”
When money is no object, a customized engagement ring is the preferred choice. Customized rings are more expensive since they are labor-intensive endeavors that require putting individual pieces together to create the perfect piece. Custom engagement rings can be worth the high price, as designing an engagement ring from scratch adds a layer of significance to the piece. Most of all, it helps ensure that the ring suits her perfectly.
Take Your Time
Hollywood heartthrob Brad Pitt took nearly a year to design Angelina Jolie’s engagement ring. You may not be a world-famous actor, but it would be wise to follow Pitt’s example and start developing the ring at least one year before you want to propose. The added time will guarantee that you get the piece right. The long hours and hard work will ultimately pay off once the engagement ring is finished.
Narrow down your design ideas by looking at the jewelry your significant other wears. Note whether her jewelry is modern, or if it has a vintage appeal. Does she have an interest in exotic pieces with Indian, Middle Eastern or East Asian motifs? Does she prefer traditional Western designs? Consider everything to ensure that you incorporate what she likes best.
You should also look at co-workers’ engagement rings for additional inspiration. Visit jewelry stores and peruse online jewelry collections to see what other options are available. If you are artistically inclined, sketch or draw the ring to get the idea down on paper.
Create the perfect symbol of your love by considering what you want the engagement ring to say. List adjectives that describe your significant other, the unique relationship you share and hopes for the future. Research the meanings of gem stones and settings to produce a unique combination that reflects your feelings. For example, if you want to show her that the fire of your passionate love will burn forever, a three-stone ring with a fancy yellow diamond will fit the bill. Three-stone rings represent the past, present and future of love and fancy yellow diamonds symbolize passion and vitality.
Visit a local jeweler/jewelry designer and explain your design ideas. Look at their collection of loose gem stones, settings and precious metals and match the pieces you think will fit best together to create your vision. Clearly communicate your theme and overarching message with the jewelry designer to bring your ideas to life.