Just returned from the fantastic “Vicenza First” trade show in Italy, said to be the one that sets the trends for the year to come. I agree there’s no place like Italy to revive one’s spirits and lend fresh inspiration! So… what can you look forward to in jewelry for the next few seasons?
Nothing Makes You Feel as Good as Gold
The return to popularity of yellow metals, and the near-record prices of gold, have prompted the Italians (those masters of the art of goldsmithing) to design new ingenious and interesting shapes, designs and finishes. Surfaces are textured (Florentines, satins, deep etching) and dimensional, creating visual interest without adding too much weight to the pieces.
Big bold link bracelets and necklaces are classic and back in fashion, too. High-end lines are offering heavy gold versions, which few can afford, but others have gone with lighter weight pieces, or are doing this look in alternative metals, resins and even wood.
Wide flat cuffs continue to rock, often with cut-outs and lots of positive/negative spatial contrast. The same look is being shown in large earrings, also with bold flat shapes and echoing the cut-out look.
The layering of multiple necklaces and chains remains key to the looks this season. Pile on your necklaces in lengths from 16 inches to 60 and beyond! Don’t be afraid to mix colors and textures.
A new variation is the addition of a large medallion on a long chain. Oval shapes have begun to replace the circle in new jewelry being shown. Ovals are represented in every metal, every color, whether with gemstones or on their own.
Colors are another big story, in metals and in gemstones. Yellow gold mixes with white gold and with rose gold. Rose gold has also gotten hotter than ever, and is now often plated over silver. Pink is great for Spring, in gold, coppertones, gemstones and enamel. Big, juicy gemstones, in Spring pastels as well as vivid jeweltones, are trending up. Smooth cabochons and rutilated gems remain popular. On the flip side, greys (tone on tone, blackened and oxidized metals, etc.) continue to be important. The Italian art of mixing gemstone colors and shapes in unexpected ways was a pleasure to behold.
In Italy, the trends toward “green consciousness” and handmade have also taken root. I love this fresh new eco-responsible point of view, and we will be premiering a new design collection featuring all-recycled metals this Spring.