Now that we are halfway though the first month of 2013, I have been reflecting on 2012. It was a great year for jewelry! From neon jewelry to rough gemstones, there was a style of jewelry for everyone. I have compiled a list of my personal favorite jewelry trends from this past year, though I suspect some of these trends are around to stay! For awhile longer at least! If you are interested in buying any of these amazing pieces below, simply click on the picture and it will link you to the item in its etsy store.
1. Noteworthy Neons
Being a kid of the eighties, I remember owning bright hammer pants and neon splattered sweatshirts. So when I started seeing jewelry popping up this summer in those familiar unnatural hues of lime green, bright pink, electric orange and glowing yellow I was thrilled. If you want to create some neon jewelry of your own, check out these new neon Swarovski pearls or brightly painted wooden beads at Rings & Things. Or if you prefer buy a piece already made, check out these awesome works of wearable art below.
2. Love Triangles
I started to see triangles trending early in 2012, and they are still super hot. Geometry has never been so fun! If you want to experiment with some triangular designs of your own, check out these new raw brass geometric blanks at Rings & Things. Or let someone else do the work and pick up one of these great finds below!
3. Some like it Rough
Gemstones that is! When I started seeing rough gemstones coming into our showroom at Rings & Things I was intrigued They came in pyrite, garnet, lapis and quartz, just to name a few. I wasn’t sure what to do with them, but I found some designers below that made amazing jewelry with rough gemstones. Check out Rings & Things here for our current supply of rough gemstones.
4. Lustworthy Larimar
I will admit, I was completely clueless about Larimar until 2012! Suddenly, I had people requesting it right and left. So what is Larimar? It is a magical cool blue gemstone found only off the coast of the Dominican Republic, which is fitting. If you have ever snorkeled in crystal clear water where the sand is bright white, this is what larimar looks like. It has white cloudy veining that reminds me of the sunshine glimmering though the water. Check out these stunning larimar pieces below or get some larimar of your own to play with.
5. Magical Druzies
Druzies are one of my favorite phenomenons. Druzies are when there is a fracture in a stone, and that fracture is filled with a coating of tiny crystals. They are super sparkly and come in a variety of colors and stones. Look at the array of jewelry made with druzies below or check out the current selection of druzies at Rings & Things.
6. Wrapped Leather Bracelets
Unless you have been under a rock for the last year, you have seen a wrapped leather bracelet. They are often referred to as Chan Luu style bracelets. They have been in magazines, stores and on the wrist of every celebrity and I personally love them! They are very modern Bohemian. If you want to attempt to make one yourself, Rings & Things has a variety of kits that include all the supplies you need to make them! Or let someone else do the work and snag one of these below:
7. Shoulder Duster Earrings
I have always been a fan of ridiculously large earrings, so when shoulder dusters came back in style this year, I was psyched! A shoulder duster earring is simply an earring so long that it dusts the top of your shoulder when you wear it! I found some amazing duster earrings on etsy below! Or follow this link to see how to make your own pair of rhinestone duster earrings in our design gallery.
8. Fashionable Feathers
2012 was undeniably the year of the feather! I think my grandma even had a pair of real feather earrings last summer! I personally can’t get enough feathers! There was so much beautiful feather jewelry on etsy it was hard to chose just a few pieces! Oh and I even threw in a piece from my etsy store, Geisha Creations (shameless self-promotion!) If you want to experiment with some feather jewelry of your own, check out all these great feather beads and charms at Rings & Things.
9. Kool Kyanite
I discovered Kyanite a few years back and loved it! It was always pretty hard to find though. Luckily, now that it is so popular, it is also easier to find. Kynanite is usually an icy blue, though sometimes it can be found in green or dark blue. I love all the kyanite jewelry I found below. Click here for the current selection of kyanite available at Rings & Things.
10. Back to the Future
I am secretly kind of a science fiction nerd, so I love futuristic jewelry. I think this trend will be even more mainstream in 2013, so keep your eye out for it this year. I am in love with all the designs I found below! Check out this link for a sparkly modern bracelet in our design gallery.
11. Tassels are worth the hassle!
Tassels are a great way to add movement to your jewelry. I have always fashioned them myself by cutting segments of chain. If you want an easier way to incorporate tassels into your jewelry you can buy pre-made chain tassels at Rings & Things. Or you can just pick up one of these beautiful pieces below!
It is pretty safe to say that keys will always be in style, but in 2012 I started seeing them pop up in jewelry all over the place. I found some really unique pieces of key jewelry below. If you want to play around with some keys in your jewelry, you can also purchase a variety of key charms and crystals at Rings & Things .
Well that’s it for my favorite trends of 2012! Now to see what 2013 has in store! I hope I was able to inspire you to try out one of these trends, whether you choose to create a piece all your own, or purchase a handmade piece from one of these amazing artists. I hope that in 2013 I will be able to post lots of fun and informative jewelry blogs for you!
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