Although we are still very much in the depths of a cold winter, very soon the sun will emerge and bring with it a whole world of colour, light and freshness that comes with spring and this years' SS16 jewellery trends! There is a definite feel of colour and vibrancy about the jewellery scene this spring/summer 2016: a clean, sharp freshness and clarity that simultaneously conveys emerging flower buds and harsh frosts.
Characteristics across the spring/summer 2016 themes are:
- Colour – Bright, vibrant, eye-popping combinations in stones, tassels, fabrics and surface treatments. Avant-garde mishmashes of hues that challenge convention and breathe fresh life into classic pieces. For more on colour, check the Pantone report for spring 2016.
- Tiaras & headpieces – have been brought up to date and given a more wearable, ‘street’ style with contemporary twists. Maybe still not casual enough for a trip to the supermarket, but perhaps a trend that will develop in coming seasons
- Bodychains – fine and sometimes layered, traversing the abdomen and shoulders in various patterns and arrangements
- Mega chokers - huge, heavy and substantial; metal and mixed media; embellished, architectural and everything in between.
- Oversized earrings – especially oversized hoops, but also including other styles; classic and with graphic twists
- Brooches – adored by some designers and ignored by others over the years, SS16 sees the blossoming of the brooch; floral inspired, vintage and especially with a modern edge
- Oxidisation – giving jewellery pieces a weathered finish, as if they have been left open to the elements for several centuries, is a big story this season. Oxidisation, texturing and naturalistic enamelling can all be employed to achieve unique effects
- Huge raw stones – geode slices and rough cuts have been featured for a few seasons now and the trend is intensifying as the stones get bigger and the combinations more daring.
The themes for SS16 are:
- Tribal - bright riotous pallets, mixed media, jewel embellished, beaded tassels, baroque influences, embroidery and wooden elements. Moroccan inspired, geometric cut-outs, patterned ceramic charms, fringes, mis-matched stones and hues.
- Kitsch - curious, quirky, off-the-wall and out-of-the-blue design elements; big, bold and colour popping
- Pearls – the trend that just never seems to go away but gets reinvented each season. New designs, fresh arrangements, miniscule to oversized; have fun and create something fresh with a thoroughly classic material
- Sculpted – angles and soft, sweeping curves in large expanses of metal with various finishes from matt and textured to super-shiny.
We all have unique DNA, unique fingerprints and unique creative imaginations. It is the product of our imaginations that keeps our customers coming back for more, they don’t just buy our jewellery but a snapshot of our evolving creativity. Whatever you decide to make this season, make it yours.
The headline image is from Tom Bramwell and can be found at http://www.tombramwelldesign.co.uk and also on the GoJD Designer Directory
The Upcycled Brass Choker is from Biblos Glasgow and can be found at http://www.biblosglasgow.com/ and also on the GoJD Designer Directory
The Five Circle Pearl Necklace is from Fiona Luing and can be found at http://fionaluing.co.uk/ and also on the GoJD Designer Directory
The Boulder Opal & Silver Pendant is from Camali Design and can be found at http://camalidesign.com and also on the GoJD Designer Directory
The Swallow Necklace is from SlickSilver and can be found at http://www.slicksilverjewellery.co.uk and also on the GoJD Designer Directory
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