Top 7 Jewelry Trends for 2016
The year 2016 is a mystery in a box.
We don’t know what will happen next on the scope of world politics, the economy, let alone the unraveling of our personal lives and the prospects of our careers. Regardless of what’s in store for us, we will still wake up, brush our teeth, shower and get dressed. Day in and day out, we will open our closet and stare into it for what feels like an eternity, trying to figure out what to wear. We put on our best attire and head out the door.
Some of us may hesitate and come back inside or take that extra time in the morning to rethink our fashion choices and deliberate on enhancing ‘the look’ with the right jewelry. That being said, this article is for those who like to stay ahead of the game with the latest and upcoming trends. I cannot promise to hit the nail on the head with my forecast, but what I can promise is a glimpse into the trends of jewelry and where the currents are likely to take them next.
So I’m going to make it easy for you. Whip that credit card out and prepare to hit the stores.
Here it is.
Statement necklaces with crystals. I am a proud detective, for this trend is the one most likely to flourish into something extraordinary. I will not say much about this one, because I can’t wait for you to see the 2016 jewelry trends from the Swarovski designers team. Coming up shortly in one of the following articles. It’ll inspire you to become a jewelry designer yourself.
We’ve reached the point where religious symbols are no longer directly tied to their immediate associations. You can pick up one of these rustic pieces without second guessing your choice. This trend is the one we will be seeing echoed in other categories of jewelry.
3. Gold, structured jewelry
A personal favorite of mine. There is something timeless about the elegance of gold juxtaposed with a structured jewelry item. We’ve seen them in stores for a few years now I believe, but gold is about to become one of the most prominent palettes in the fashion industry. Combined with a structured piece gives you that prized possession that can work for any occasion. With anything.
You might think this is no longer the ‘current’ trend because you’ve seen so much of it this year. I want you to envision a chain, and consider how may possible variations and designs are possible with an indefinite number of interlinked ovals of different sizes, shapes and colors. Yes, which is why this trend will stay, but continue to develop into something new and innovative in 2016. To name a few of the recurring items: double chain earrings, palm bracelets, belts, chokers etc.
5. Fringed statement pieces
An extension to the previous trend. Coming from someone who only has one permanent item that categorizes under ‘bracelets’ – the hair tie on my wrist, this trend will be implemented without a doubt.
2016 is going to be the year that will inspire me to spend my first paycheck on some of these bracelets. I suggest you do the same.
And may I also share an insider with you? I’ve mentioned I had a sneak peak into the Swarowski design team’s workings for the new trends of 2016, and there were some very impressive combinations of trend 5 and 1. Yes. Put that pen on paper, imagine the possibilities.
This never grows old. It’s like taking a fragment of a chain, forming it into a hoop and embellishing it to make new pieces of jewelry. On top of the single hoops I’ve just illustrated, it appears that geometric forms and tribal designs will be implemented as well.
7. Ear cuffs
Yes, this one has been around for quite some time as well. You’re likely eying your collection of ear cuffs right now thinking ‘I’m so ahead of the game’ but don’t flatter yourself and your impeccable taste. Because the ear cuffs you own right now are so outdated compared to what’s coming out in 2016.
I am almost certain that ear cuffs will be pushed further next year, reinventing the simplicity that was so popular this year. For instance, like these ear cuffs with multiple rings. And this unusual combination of pearls on ear cuffs seen during Vogue’s fashion week for Fall/Winter 2016.