Fall Jewelry Trends, Plus New Gallery of Reader Designs

Fall Jewelry Trends

When I say "fall jewelry", what comes to mind?  Leaves?  Rich colors?  Certain metals?  Lately I've been reaching for my copper and brass beads and findings–somehow those metals feel more earthy and fall-like.  Even when I do choose silver, I gravitate towards the antiqued look as with the Autumn Breeze Earrings that I made for my mom a few years ago.

I looked through several fine jewelry and fashion magazines and all agreed that "drama" was a key trend in jewelry this fall.  Of course, not everyone agreed what that meant!  Here are a few ideas:

  • cuff bracelets
  • statement necklaces with multistrands, pendants, or large gemstones
  • bold earrings like chandeliers
  • large rings

Other fall trends mentioned were vintage looks, purple, asymmetry, mixed metals, "green" (recycled materials), and roses/flowers.  What trends do you see for fall?  Do you ever consider trends in your designs?  Share your thoughts on the website.

Fall Reader Gallery

I loved the submissions for the reader gallery!  Here are a few of my favorites:

Inspired by the Beadwork Challenge

Lucky reader Holly Kline was selected to complete the Beadwork challenge in the new issue.  Holly says, "I get a lot of inspiration from nature, the Impressionists, William Morris, the Celts, Renaissance art, and the mystical, magical aspects of the world, with the occasional foray into goth-punk beauty."  Pictured is one of Holly's pieces.  Her current favorite technique is bead embroidery.  "I just can't seem to get enough!"  See a photo of Holly's striking paua shell, crystal, and seed bead challenge project necklace in the October/November 2008 Beadwork on sale now.  

It's Your Turn!  If you're one of the many beaders inspired by beads, sign up for a chance to participate in an upcoming Beadwork magazine challenge.  One U.S. or Canadian reader will be chosen at random will receive a challenge kit and have his or her design featured in the magazine.  Sign up by November 12, 2008.

Call for Next Reader Gallery

Do you have a holiday or winter-inspired design to share?  What about a favorite gift idea?  If you would like to participate in this reader gallery, please send me a link to your blog/website or one JPG image of your best design by October 24, 2008.  Only one design per person please!  Use the email address:  bdsubmissions@interweave.com and In the subject line of your email, write:  Holiday Reader Gallery.  Be sure to title your design and tell me a little bit about it in your email!

Michelle Mach shares beading news, contests, reader galleries, and other beady stuff every Monday on Beading Daily. If you have comments or questions for Michelle, please post them on the website.

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About Michelle M.

I was the founding editor of Beading Daily (2007-2009) and my now a freelance designer/writer/editor.  My designs have been published in Stringing, Step by Step Beads, Jewelry Gifts for the Holidays, Creative Jewelry, Beadwork, and other magazines. I enjoy stringing, bead embroidery, wirework, metal work, mixed media, beadweaving—pretty much anything that involves beads or jewelry.  I also enjoy exploring new crafts like pottery and felting.  I write a personal blog if you want to see more of my work. 16+ Free Beading Projects: A list of the free projects I created for Beading Daily. Contact Info If you have a question regarding Beading Daily, please contact customer service at beadingdaily@interweave.com or the current editor, Kristal Wick. If you'd like to contact me, you'll find my info on my website:  www.michellemach.com.  You can also follow me on Twitter at:  http://twitter.com/beadsandbooks Pictured here is a pair of earrings I made for the Spring 2010 issue of Stringing in an attempt to get over my fear of designing with the color orange!

5 thoughts on “Fall Jewelry Trends, Plus New Gallery of Reader Designs

  1. Hi,
    I have been designing 17 years and never really paid much attention to trends because they are just that- a trend! I have always made cuffs, seasonal pieces, whether or not they were in style. Finally last year and the beginning of this year I decided after seeing what was big in Europe and supposedly coming our way, to beat the trend and go for it. Even in the Sun. paper, in all the major store advertisements, I saw tons of the same themed jewelry, so I made both so called trends, after 6 shows they are going to the recycle room-LOL, I sold a few here and there but I am much better off sticking to my own personal instinct. Yes, I go more for the coppers, brass, browns for the fall, but in my way not what the trends dictate, and I am much better off that way.
    Anna D.

  2. I do like the new gallery software. I had to update my security to get there, but once I got there, it’s a pretty slick little slideshow gizmo.
    And the fall jewelry in the gallery is lovely. Made me wanna get busy!


  3. I too looked through the fashion magazines and checked out the runway shows and designer looks for fall and winter. The jewelry “trend” seemed to be toward big, glitzy, in my opinion clunky jewelry. Not my style and I’m guessing not designed for REAL people, at least not the real people who buy my jewelry. While I’m tempted to try and work at least within the color trends I find that I’m more successful if I let nature and the colors happening around me act as my guide and fashion director.

    Drea M.