Have Fun: Try a Touch of Neon!

Jul 24, 2013

Last summer, assistant editor Chloe Chatenever wrote a blog about the neon trend and how it has made its way to jewelry. Some of you may have rolled your eyes--we have photos from the 80s to remind us that this trend was not a very good idea the first time around. I'm getting sick to my stomach just thinking about the neon yellow pleather skinny tie I once wore--ew! Still, it's a fact that neon's back. And, guess what? I'm really liking it when used tactfully. And by "tactfully" I mean in small doses, mixed with other colors. In the Summer 2013 issue of Jewelry Stringing, we showcase five pieces of jewelry that use bright, neon beads really well. Two of the pieces made the cover (see below). Both pieces, I think you'll agree, do a great job of using neon as an exciting accent color in a tasteful jewelry composition.

I suggest you play with some beads that might be a little bit brighter than you're accustomed to--you might be surprised by the results. You could even make your own neon-dipped beads, as I demonstrated in one of my previous blogs. Below is further evidence that neon in small doses can really be quite lovely.

Baby GAP one piece. Outfit on Fashion and Style blog.
Wool throw from Design Within Reach.
Letterpress print on Etsy.
Ella Moss shoes from Piperlime. Trina Turk dress from Neiman Marcus.

 Do you dare go neon?

:) Danielle Fox

Editorial Director, Jewelry Stringing magazine

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ctutt wrote
on Jul 27, 2013 10:16 AM

UGH! Sorry - but that picture from Fashion and Style is just about the ugliest thing I have seen lately!! Hairstyle: not attractive. Jacket: stolen from Michael Jackson. Black nail polish on stubby little nails: Please!!   Purse: is there a doctor in the house - missing his bag? Pants: Fine for a teen at a Metallica concert, on a forty-something model, not so hot. [do the pants have an inner lining, or does she have a tattoo on her leg?] Shoes: Clunky. Ugly. Super-ugly with ripped-up pants. Scarf: Lime green. Must be the only reason the photo was used. TOTAL FAIL. >:~\

on Jul 27, 2013 2:17 PM

@ctutt: Wow, where is all that venom coming from?

on Jul 28, 2013 1:10 PM

I agree with Catwoman forever, ctutt was a bit off the mark with those comments. So you don't like the outfit.....just say so, we don't need a blow by blow critic. I am 60 and personally like the look, minus the pants. I am not a fan of the ripped clothing look, but I know  lots of people who are.

All that aside now, I enjoy the pop of color with the bright neon colors that are so popular now. If used properly it can draw the eyes away from a flaw.....or to the area one would like to emphasize.