It’s a brand new year for bling, and jewelry fanatics will be happy to know that classics are favored to make a comeback for most of 2013’s jewelry design. While the turn of the century may have witnessed many gimmicky, weird, and futuristic jewelry fads in anticipation of the new millennium, the past few years saw the return of subdued and timeless pieces on the runways and red carpets of Tinseltown.
Art Deco, pearls, and Pantone’s 2012 Color of the Year
Last year, we saw plenty of vintage-inspired earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings with special emphasis on Art Deco jewelry. Many ramp shows and weddings featured jazz age accessories such as floral brooches, earrings, and geometric necklaces and bangles. Pearls were also a big hit in 2012, paving the way for understated glamour in manner of Breakfast at Tiffany-era Audrey Hepburn. As well, the kind of precious stones that made it on the fashionable pack’s jewels was heavily influenced by color taste-maker Pantone, which named Tangerine Tango as 2012 color of the year. This meant opals, citrine, yellow diamonds, tourmaline, and beryl on yellow gold settings.
Inspiration from the Red Carpet and Runway Shows
As previously mentioned, what the supermodels and celebrities wore influenced what regular folk went for in jewelry and clothing. For instance, BCBG Max Azria models wore geometrical-patterned, color block outfits as they sashayed on the ramp for the fall and winter collection shows, sporting Art Deco accessories to match their clothes.
The classic jewelry trend spilled over onto the new year, thanks largely to celebrities who got engaged and sported antique or vintage engagement rings on their well-manicured ring fingers in previous years. Natalie Portman was presented with a recycled platinum ring that featured a large antique diamond surrounded by smaller stones. Actress Ginnifer Goodwin’s elfin loveliness was offset by an Art Deco-inspired engagement ring which had a 2.5-carat square cut diamond. Sassy Big-C survivor Christina Applegate was given a 4-carat Edwardian-inspired diamond engagement ring by her long-time partner. Meanwhile, a huge square sapphire seemed to be model Elizabeth Hurley’s cup of tea, as she proudly displayed her newly-engaged status with a colorful yet classic ring last year.
Will green be in?
This year, Pantone declared Emerald Green as color of the year, and tastemakers are already foreseeing how this lush, fresh, and radiant jewel tone will take over the runway, home, and especially the jewelry industry like creeping ivy. Bridal fashion is boldly predicted to incorporate emerald green in bridesmaids’ dresses, invitations, favors, decorative touches, groomsmen’s cummerbunds, ties, and boutonnières, bridal accessories, and yes, even the bridal gown itself. Of course, the green precious stone cannot be far behind, as the practice of combining colored birthstones with the traditional diamond on engagement rings and wedding bands is fast catching on. Paired with classic settings and cuts, emerald rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces will no doubt catch the fancy of many jewelry lovers.
Suffice it to say that when it comes to 2013 bling, it won’t just be those born on the merry month of May who will wear sparkling green gemstones, because the color of the year is extremely flattering, enduring, and represents many positive traits that transcend trends and time.
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