There is no question that gold plating is on the rise. Leading designers are introducing gold in jewelry pieces and the runways are showing gold in everything from evening gowns to shoe heels. Plating trends in costume jewelry are using shades of gold from yellow to rose. Fashion accessories in the gold plating look spectacular with the fall colors, especially with brown and bronze apparel. Look for gold plating to be very popular in costume jewelry this fall.
The rise of gold is not the demise of silver. Silver plating is deeply entrenched as the consumer's favorite. This is the exact opposite of twenty years ago when gold was the overwhelming favorite and silver began a slow comeback. So expect the change to be gradual. Besides, nothing looks as stunning as silver with the "the new black". In rhinestone jewelry, gold will never be able to unseat silver.
While dark platings always have a place in fall costume jewelry, this year they will play an even bigger part. Metals are becoming increasingly important in costume jewelry designs and the range of platings expands the looks that can be created. Pewter and hematite platings are shades of grey, an important color on the fashion palette. Antique bronze and gunmetal give very dark tones that make elegant vintage styles for fall. Also look for dark platings to compliment the deep colors of fall.
Antique Silver & Gold
Antique gold and silver platings never go away and are much stronger in the fall. Antique plating is a must for costume jewelry in vintage designs. Chandelier earrings and brooches are also enhanced by antique plating as well as many cultural inspirations, such as costume jewelry inspired by India. Plating this fall will run the gamut and antique plating is in the mix.