JEWELLERY: THE BEST WAY TO SHOW OFF
There is nothing that brings a smile on your face like a pretty ring, necklace, bangles, ear rings and bracelet. Big or small, real or fake, jewelry lifts the spirit and look. Most of you are collectors, whether you display your obsessions in the workplace or hide them in their original boxes at home. You offer hours to researching and buying wine and designer bags, clown books and antique buttons, action figures and shoes.
Many people spend lot of money on purchasing jewelry. Artificial or costume jewelry has been made for centuries. While royals wore diamonds and rubies, the standard person could only afford rhinestones and glass. Before the late 19th century, costume jewelry was made to reproduce precious-stone jewelry. Celluloid, the first plastic, was introduced in 1868. It was originally developed as a replacement for ivory to be used for billiard balls. The designers soon realized celluloid could be molded, colored and formed into many decorative pieces.
Long before the economy slipped into its current faint, stylish women understood the joys of high-quality costume jewelry. Coco Chanel made the look of luxury accessible by reproducing the fine jewelry from her personal collection with faux materials. Former First Lady Barbara Bush famously donned a Kenneth Jay Lane faux pearl choker to wear to one of her husband’s inauguration ceremonies. And on recent red carpets, celebrities have been wearing costume pieces that make a statement just like the real thing, and sometimes even better.
Current Fashion Trends of Jewelry:
Color Trends in Costume Jewelry
The fall fashion trends are ushering in another excellent season for costume jewelry and accessories. Rich colors and bold looks control the trend. Teal, amber and amethyst are the important colors with olivine and green used as neutrals.
Bold Designs Dominate Fashion Jewelry
Fashion jewelry surprised when bold designs are in fashion and that is very much the case this season. The high fashion look is popular in necklaces, earrings, and bracelets with natural components causal to the designs. Wood is enduring its second season of popularity with shell important even in the fall line.
Traditional Costume Jewelry and Accessories
While costume jewelry in bold designs and rich colors create the way for leading fashion, there is a larger market that should not be ignored in more traditional and classic looks. Theme jewelry in pendants, earrings, and charm bracelets has an appeal that goes beyond fashion alone because it identifies with what the wearer cares about.
Glitter and buttons are very big in all accessories, especially in handbags and evening bags. Beyond these, the looks of the larger bags introduced by leading designers are the trendy styles of the season.
Hats and Headwear
Dress hats are an important part of the market, with ladies hats the main player. The looks are very traditional with a new element of pre-made bands allowing for the flexibility of custom designs. Casual hats, however, account for the major share of the market and no design in 2005 is more important.