Spring previews show silhouettes with waistlines shaped by belts on the runways and designers continue to find inspiration in the classic eras of the forties and fifties, which means the beauty of classic jewelry will have another strong season. In addition, vibrant color makes a big splash in summer accessories and for those that like naturals, there's safari and rain forest stories as well as tribal prints. In metals, silver is the clear winner for this season. However with gold prices breaking the $1,000 an ounce barrier, those that prefer the warmth of gold can find affordable accessories in plated costume jewelry. Expect costume jewelry and accessories to be hotter than August this summer with all the options from fun to sophisticated.
Wholesale Classic Jewelry
Classic jewelry will continue providing sophisticated designs that close the gap between fine jewelry and costume. Upscale momentum continues with quality components of gemstone, Murano style glass, shell, woods, CZs, and crystals. Environmental awareness will add further impetus to natural components. Fashion jewelry will see a growing emphasis on gemstone with turquoise making the biggest impact. Coral, rose quartz, tiger's eye, jasper, aventurine, and red agate are just a few more of the semi precious components that make an excellent compliment to the season's palette. Growing interest also brings obscure semi precious stones into designs like dumortierite with hues of grey and blue, amazonite with mint green and soft blue mixed with white, and every imaginable agate and jasper stone.
Murano Style Glass Jewelry
If any colors are lacking, Murano style glass completes the list with endless color and gorgeous design. This art preserved in Murano Italy surfaced with classic styles and remains with new surprises of beauty that constantly add freshness to fashion jewelry. The glasswork provides stunning necklace sets and extraordinary bracelets, often in dramatic size, that are eye-riveting with suspended foil, swirling color, and islands of metallic dust that sparkle like goldstone.
Shell & Wood Jewelry
Shell and wood fashion jewelry approach this season with a fresh look. We know their natural iridescence and interesting grains look fabulous with earth tones, but this summer painted woods and dyed shell provides that vibrant color that accessorizes the brights or brings neutrals into the color story with a splash of excitement.
Necklace sets continue to dominate costume jewelry with long swinging styles using charms and chain links in every imaginable shape and size. Dramatic size is the “in” fashion statement that ushers in chunky necklace sets from chokers to mid length while layered sets seem to be loosing their luster. Still designers are presenting more delicate necklace sets that appeal to clientele that feels uncomfortable with bold looks of high fashion. Beading or faux pearl spaced on delicate chain or coated wire provides refined delicacy that appeals to moms and daughters alike. Crystal cubes and Murano style coin beads provide more of the understated look with plenty of appeal.
Bracelets share the limelight with necklace sets using bangles and cuffs to deliver color, prints, or the shine of metal. Expect cuff and bangle bracelets to frequent the pages of fashion magazines this year in vibrant colors using lucite or enameled metals. Plated bracelets will continue to make a statement with multiple bangles and wide cuffs. Also chunky bracelets with bold beading will use vibrant color for a fun statement and gemstones, ceramics, and Murano style glass for sophistication. Chain in multiple rows will match the long necklaces so prominent in fashion while metals set with faceted crystals will be the inexpensive alternative to fine jewelry.
Cubic Zirconia Jewelry
With diamond demand exceeding supply and gold prices skyrocketing, CZs play a bigger roll providing luxury looks at fashion jewelry prices. The look is realism rather than super-sized bling and extends to necklaces, pendants, bracelets, and earrings. Luxury will have onlookers guessing this season as cubic zirconia becomes the bridge jewelry providing elegant designs that will take a jeweler to distinguish from fine jewelry.
Bright Color Trend
Color is the season's big surprise with vibrant red, orange, yellow, fuchsia, and apple green making an impact in apparel and accessories alike. The buying public shows a hunger for the return of true brights. These vibrant colors are already shipping and leaving the racks and the accessories that match them are moving just as fast. Lucites and plastics return to popularity with the exciting brights they can deliver. In addition, glass, painted woods, dyed shell, and enameled metals are providing all the sensational colors in bold costume jewelry. This is the summer's big trend that retailers don't want to miss.
Silver Plated Jewelry
Plated metals in fashion jewelry also return with a strong trend in silver plated jewelry. There's more than summer's infatuation with silver driving the shiny metal this season. First gold is getting out of reach with upward spiking prices that even effect plating. Next spring previews reveal a silver theme in apparel that will drive demand for matching accessories. Expect geometrics to continue in costume jewelry using predominantly silver plating. Last season's popular circles will become more oval or teardrop shaped. Geometrics will slide on delicate chains or make dramatic statement supported by bold link chains.
Silver plating takes a more delicate turn with charms sliding on fine chains, pendants on chokers, and jewelry with spiritual significance. Bracelets and pendants use engraved words to express feelings. Hope, love, caring, and friendship appear frequently and messages of faith and inspiration continue to express inward reflections on life's larger meaning. The trend continues into its third season with even more strength.
Popularity of bright color and dramatic size are a sure signal that costume jewelry will see a strong summer season in 2008. Add to that the irresistible beauty of classic designs using gemstones and Murano style glass, and the future of accessories looks very bright. The good news for retailers is there's plenty of buzz in the industry about accessories being the spark plug of fashion. The majors are showing their confidence in the trend by dedicating more floor space to fashion jewelry and accessories. This season costume jewelry can be fun or it can be sophisticated, but it can't look cheap too please today's shopper. Not only costume jewelry is hot in accessories this season, but also hats, bags, belts, and shoes as well. So choose inventory carefully and expect brisk business this summer.
Find wholesale jewelry in bright colors and silver plating under fashion jewelry sets and turquoise under gemstone fashion jewelry