Fall Jewelry Trends, Plus New Gallery of Reader Designs

Sep 21, 2008

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:

View the Fall Reader Gallery to see all the designs.  You'll also find designer names, websites, and larger photos.  We're trying out some new gallery software--be sure to let me know what you think!

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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LindaG@113 wrote
on Sep 22, 2008 2:43 PM

I'm sorry to post here but I cannot find anywhere to change my email address.  I need to change it from elcgee@escapees.com to elcgee@gmail.com


annmarie@7 wrote
on Sep 22, 2008 6:30 PM


 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.

MaryH@172 wrote
on Sep 22, 2008 6:57 PM

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!


AndreaM226 wrote
on Sep 22, 2008 9:11 PM

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.

NicoleR@14 wrote
on Sep 23, 2008 3:09 AM

Is there a tool that measure the inside hole as well as the diameter of glass seed beads to help with culling?