Spring/Summer 14 Jewellery Trends
21 January 2014
It's always good on a cold, gloomy January day to think ahead to sunnier times, and that is exactly what I've been doing today... planning the jewellery I'm going to be wearing as the whether gets warmer!
Jewellery trends for Spring/Summer 2014 are fun, quirky and bright - three of my favourite things! Oversized jewellery is definitely a hot look once more for this Spring, which Oliver Bonas has exemplified in with this collar-style piece, which also highlights the ongoing trend for all things geometric.
I think that Oliver Bonas is my new favourite shop, for either clothes or jewellery, as I'm completely loving this big, beaded necklace, too. The colour combinations are summery and on trend, with a twisted construction that gives it a fresh feel - something that we can definitely emulate in our jewellery designs too! (Oh, and check out the super cute button clasp!)
As well as seed beads in abundance, I'm totally loving faceted beads right now, in any form. This Long Tall Sally necklace makes fantastic use of a gorgeous, large, faceted bead in an amazing coral colour. I certainly have a penchant for pink, but coral is a less-Barbie-more-Vogue way to carry it off if, unlike me, you don't dream of Disney princesses and unicorns.
Don't be too serious with your jewellery box as the days get longer and lighter, have fun with quirky charms. Konplott have gone sparkle-tastic with these fruit charms that are fabulous! Wear a summer picnic round your neck all the time! Dream about warm summer breezes whilst sat at your desk... sigh...
Play around with words, too. Words and phrases have been splashed all over the catwalk, and it is easily translated into the world of jewellery. Pick a hot colour, pen a meaningful statement and tell the world what you feel quite literally as you spell it out in your jewellery. These Accessorize bangles are just the ticket.
The ombre trend of last Spring/Summer is back this year, with a monochrome twist. Stick to one colour and fade it to white, whether in your clothes (check out this Quiz jumper with beaded necklace) or your jewellery (this necklace from Boticca is spot on, plus textile jewellery is big right now too). Pink is a great colour to do this with, with the range of beautiful shades available, especially in terms of beads and findings. This is good news for me! Blue is hot, too, if you can't face looking like a six-year-old girl's bedroom. I, however, think it's a great look, and will be a vision in magenta for the rest of the year!
Sneak peek inside issue 63
8 January 2014
We are rather excited about this issue of MJ! The theme is 'fashion focus' and we asked all our designers to create pieces of jewellery inspired by the Spring 2014 catwalks. Inside is a collection of pieces to make that are bold, bright and most of all... fashionable! We show you how to make each item of jewellery, with clear step-by-step images and plenty of top tips from our professionals!
Our cover star is this Neon Leather Collar by Candy Chappill, which uses copper clay to create stylish components.
Clair Wolfe also made a collar, and has been inspired by the tribal jewellery that is rearing its head at the moment. She used a bead loom to create the individual strips and shows you how to sew them together to create this showstopping piece.
If sewing is your thing, then you are surely a little obsessed with soutache by now (we are!) Take a look at these colourful earrings by Agata Stankiewicz, which are surprisingly simple to make.
Wirework artist James Ferris has done it again, with yet another intricate wired piece. This Keris Trident Necklace is formed with patinated copper and, once more, has been inspired by tribal elements that are hitting the catwalk.
Looking for something more colourful? Alison Gallant shows you how to make a polymer clay bangle uses the exact shades of Pantone's trendiest colours for the season.
'80s jewellery is the height of fashion right now, and Clare John uses this trend to great effect in her silver and resin earrings, using pastel colours and a striking design.