2008 Fashion and
Bead Jewelry Trends

By L. Kay

It's a new year and it's time to start looking at the upcoming 2008 Spring and Summer Bead Jewelry Trends! The ever changing business of bead jewelry and fashion trends isn't always easy to predict, but I've been reading a lot of fashion magazines, listening to my customers keeping an eye out for what sort of jewelry has been selling and what hasn't been.

Based on these observations and my own inner fashion diva, here's what will be hot in beads and jewelry in 2008:

Natural Colors

There is lots of emphasis on "natural" colors and materials such as wood or stone beads use in jewelry. Along with this natural feel are a lot of organic and botanical looking beads and pendants as well. If it is even slightly reminiscent of nature it seems to be popular in most jewelry and bead circles right now.

Bold and Big

Large stones, gemstones and beads are still in, though they're becoming a little less "over the top" and little more natural in size and pleasing to the eye. In 2008 bead jewelry pieces will still be expected to make a bold statement and not just lie on the neck or wrist. The "chunky" jewelry is still popular and I'm noticing that a lot of people like the rough cut or asymmetrical stones and beads.

Pendants, Charms and Single Stones

Single large stones that hang in a pendant configuration are popular. Lots of celebrities and media women are wearing bright and somewhat larger charm bracelets and even necklaces than they were in the past.

Colors!

Yes, I'm talking about color again! Natural is good, but also remember to be bright and bold! Bright colors from the 1980's are out. Think more along the lines of the brightest colors you might see in a sunset or seascape. The color yellow is still popular, but I've seen it used more as an accent color in a lot of jewelry pieces and beads rather than the main event. These bright colors are being seen in bead jewelry and clothing fashions together. Many of these bright colors are "warmer" to go along with the natural feel!

Metals

Yes, natural and chunky are in, but there is still room for metals in beaded jewelry, especially when it is sleek and modern looking or even mixed with natural materials like wood and stone beads. There are always people who like the more "modern" beads and jewelry as opposed to the more traditional bead jewelry designs. You can buy modern beads for jewelry making or you can go for a more unique look and actually make bead jewelry out of hardware washers!

Shiny Stuff: Silver and Gold

Silver is still hot, but gold is making a comeback. The two metals are being seen mixed together in more and more pieces and more and more unique ways. I've seen a lot of charms, pendants and larger jewelry beads designed with a gemstone, gold and silver all in one piece.

I would describe the perfect bead jewelry necklace for 2008 to be comprised of bright, colorful oversized beads that invoked nature in either their shape or color and the whole piece would be be brought together with a tasteful silver and gold gemstone pendant hanging off the neck to bring it all together.

I hope you have a great 2008 and you're able to find or make some wonderfully fashionable and trend-setting bead jewelry for yourself!


Author Laura Kay has been creating bead jewelry and sharing her beading discoveries online since 2005. Over 100 articles later she is still finding new bead jewelry websites, beading artists and bead supply sites to tell others at beadjewelryblog. Article Source: Ezine Articles



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