Fall Trends in Jewelry Design

Aug 5, 2007

I have mixed feelings about fashion trends. On the one hand, I get bored easily and I like to shake things up. On the other hand, I have a considerable collection of embarrassing photos of me wearing trends that, well, let's just say didn't hold up in the long run.

In the jewelry world, if you're just designing for yourself, you'd be safe to ignore trends, although you might miss some great new components or tips that might spark new ideas. But once you go into business—and 50% of beaders sell their work—you'll probably want to at least know what the trends are, whether or not you decide to follow them. How do you do that?

It's hard to see the big picture by yourself. When I submitted my "Ms. Mod" necklace back in January, I had no idea I was part of a larger trend. Someone like Stringing editor Danielle Fox, on the other hand, can spot a new trend faster than you can say "filigree"! Here are four trends she's identified in the fall issue of Stringing:

Cords. String your pieces on something other than beading wire. Some possibilities include leather cord, silk ribbon, microfiber suede, and waxed linen cord.
Filigree is hot!

Filigree. There are many ornamental openwork beads now available in a variety of shapes and finishes that lend an old-world charm to your jewelry. Some filigree beads are studded with other beads like tiny crystals.

Leaves. Leaves are a personal favorite design element of mine. (I like them so much that when I was organizing my beads recently, I made "leaves" an entire category!) There's a beautiful 2-page spread in this issue of Stringing that shows the many types of leaf beads available: glass, ceramic, clay, Swarovski crystal, pewter, silver, brass, copper . . .

Long Necklaces. Many necklaces are so long now, you can wrap them
My Ms. Mod Necklace
in Stringing magazine
around your neck twice. One of the necklaces in this section of the magazine topped out at 46 inches! (My own necklace came in at a "short" 26 1/2 inches.)

Not everything in the issue fits one of these trends. Just like the rest of the fashion world, there are also classic, timeless designs (like the two featured projects below) and those that defy categorization.



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JaimeG wrote
on Aug 6, 2007 11:36 AM
I love the cover of the new Stringing issue -- the best to date!
Kelli@23 wrote
on Aug 6, 2007 1:27 PM
Regarding trendy looks, I find it desireable to my bottom line (I sell my work) to make a few (two or three) of the latest trend--this keeps regulars coming back for the newest thing. By the time they sell, the next trend is emerging and I'm not stuck with a lot of outdated stuff. The rest of my stock is "my look" and my basic line. If a trend seems to be lasting longer--over several seasons--I just make a few at a time as they sell.

Comment by: Kelli P. Aug. 6, 2007
PurlingS wrote
on Aug 6, 2007 9:20 PM
Thanks for starting this website. I have recently discovered beads and have started a few projects. So far, I have integrated beads to my loom knitting and this weekend I ventured out to the store to pick up some beads and made some stitch markers.

This website will be inspirational and helpful.
Chw wrote
on Aug 20, 2007 11:18 AM
I love your this site and look forward to my daily emails. One thing I haven't found in magazines or on the web are ideas for bead rooms. I always see bead storage ideas or new ways to use my husbands hardware storage containers. But, I would love to see some of the bead rooms and work areas. Like, how others have set them up and what would be more ergonomically correct. I would also love to see designing tips. I can always find inspiration from the pieces I see, but I would love to learn the designing basics. For instance, how many colors or focal beads should be in a necklace and then where to go from there. I will look forward to coming emails and the projects to follow, thank you for wll you do.
Dbrix2000 wrote
on Sep 11, 2007 7:01 PM
Stinging magazine has always been one of my favorites it gives inspiration and great ideas. I love to look for the color combinations.
Diane owner www.totaldelights.com