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Nouveau Neutrals: Jewellery matching your Skin Tone

by Touchstone Gems 13. May 2013 18:34

By  Jasmine Smith  from Jewellery Net Asia

Posted on 06 May 2013

We are very much attuned to adorning ourselves with the sparkle of diamonds, the richness of gems, and the depth in bold colour that jewellery usually carries with it.

We use it to make statements or to glamorise an outfit that needs lifting. It's the frame for our face and equally our safety-net when our attire calls for it. However, as bright and confident as the neons of last month, or the opulence of sapphires the month before that, this month is all about neutrals.

A trend that might surprise because of its subtle appeal is that of nearly nude jewellery - Jewellery that adorns in the most hardly seen way, creating an illusion of sparkles seem as natural as the colour of your hair.

You will find that stones are no longer contrasted, but complemented with precious metals and that gems are set to enrich skin tones instead of stand out against it.
Subtlety is the key!  To ensure you are choosing the right colours to work perfectly alongside your skintone, you need to determine if you are a 'warm' or 'cool' skin tone.

Do this by locating an area on your body where veins are visible, usually the wrist serves as a good reference point. Based on the colour of your veins, your skin tone may fall into one of two categories, cool or warm:

Cool skin tones are identifiable by:
• Bluish coloured veins.
• People with cooler skin tones may notice pinkish or rosy-red undertones when looking in the mirror.
• Eye colour can range from light blue to dark brown and anywhere in between.
• Most people have cool skin, including people with dark skin and tan skin

Warm skin tones are identifiable by:
• Greenish coloured veins.
• People with warmer skin tones may notice yellow or golden-apricot undertones when looking in the mirror.
• Eye colour can, again, be any colour.
• People whose natural hair colour is red, orange, or strawberry blonde almost always have warm skin. Sometimes hair may be more brown, but it will have a reddish tint.
• People with darker skin are not usually warm-skinned.
Metals:
• Cool skin tones favour metals such as silver, platinum, and white gold.

Black is Back

by Touchstone Gems 23. August 2012 17:15

MUNICH, Germany, February 12, 2012 -

Black is back among the latest seasonal trends in jewellery design, trends expert Irmie Schuch-Schamburek said at trade fair INHORGENTA MUNICH.
 
"In jewellery, black is coming to the fore," she told a seminar at INHORGENTA MUNICH, which runs from February 10-13. "Black jewellery looks good in combination with pastel clothing," she said.
 
"At the fair, we have seen many jewels showing black-and-white," she added.  "I have also come across many white collections."

Other favourite colours tend to be understated ones such as biscuit, caramel, rose and brown.  Schuch-Schamburek identified other seasonal trends, which stretch from fashion to jewellery and other luxury goods, such as a taste for subtle luxury, an appreciation of Nature and the art of handicraft, and the use of unusual materials such as leather and textiles, and new technologies combining metals.  She predicted a very colourful season in jewellery and fashion in 2012.
 
"This summer will see warm, coloured shades which will go very well with fancy stones," she said.  Schuch-Schamburek said animals would remain a common theme of jewellery design, sometimes with a mystical tone.  Jewellery designers are working with innovative shapes, for example, moonstones in extravagant cuts, she added.
 
In a statement, INHORGENTA MUNICH said that in focus at this trade show was a sports-style retro and vintage look with bold, clear lines.  "In watches, extra-large dials and luxurious models in ceramic are very popular," it said.  "And in jewellery, too, the trend is towards big design."
 
Rose gold in combination with stainless steel and stones is setting the tone in materials this year, INHORGENTA MUNICH said.

 

Top 10 Jewellery trends for 2011

by Touchstone Gems 22. December 2011 17:10

Published on JCK (http://www.jckonline.com)

Top Ten jewellery Retail Trends of 2011
By Rob Bates

So I’ve looked at overall retail trends of the year here is, with the help of my colleagues Jennifer Heebner and Paul Holewa, the top ten trends we've noticed from jewellery retail in 2011:

1. Silver.  Or as one of industry veteran put it, when I asked about what’s selling: “Silver, silver, silver. And that’s it.” Back in the day, many “fine” jewelers shied away from silver. Now it’s become a huge part of our industry, partly because of the gold price, and partly because it’s an affordable item during tough times.

2. Diamond buying from the public. Many jewelers have amended those “we buy gold” signs to say “we buy gold and diamonds,” as JCK wrote in November. One retailer even told me she no longer buys from dealers; she gets all the diamonds she needs from walk-ins. And the trend may just be starting, once consumers realize just how much diamond prices have risen. Long-time analyst Ben Janowski predicts that “the next diamond mine will be the U.S. public.”

3. Speaking of diamonds, they seem to enjoyed a solid year, sales-wise; De Beers execs have said they are surprised by how much sales have grown, not just overseas, but in the U.S. as well. coloured diamonds seem particularly popular among high-end jewelers.

4. That said, more consumers are looking at coloured stone engagement rings. That seems to be a long-term trend.

5. Beads/charms. Yes, some jewelers see sales slowing, and Pandora the company (and stock) didn’t have the best year. But many jewelers still swear by that line and other bead breads, especially Chamilia and Trollbeads. If it’s a fad, it hasn’t burned out yet.

6. Jewelpops’ Kameleon line is making a lot of noise, and, it appears, sales. It’s even led to lawsuits perhaps the surest sign of success.

7. Retailers report solid sales this holiday for the Forevermark. Of course, it is just one season, but that’s a good sign.

8. What’s the next affordable fashion jewellery trend? My colleague Paul Holewa thinks it could be an old reliable, pearls: “Freshwaters are really doing well in the price point category,” he says.

9. Custom work remains strong, particularly since, with material costs rising, jewelers want to carry as little “live” inventory as possible. (And jewelers continue to be very interested in stocking  “prototypes.”) There is also a lot more interest, and action, in the field of online custom design. It’s not just Gemvara. Sterling is looking it into as well.

10. Retailers paring down vendors. Now that we have climbed out of the ditch we were in during 2008 and 2009, jewelers remember the companies that supported them during the tough times—and the ones that didn’t. So they’re focusing on suppliers they consider true partners.

Finally, I’m reluctant to christen this an official trend, but there is a lot more talk about “home sales.” Many companies will be watching whether moissanite’s experiment pays off.

For the future, Jennifer predicts a big trend over the next year will be “Roaring Twenties”-inspired jewellery, given the flapper dresses on the spring runways, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire series, and the upcoming remake of The Great Gatsby (for which Tiffany & Co. is designing the film’s jewellery . Jen thinks this will translate into Art Deco-inspired settings, floral motifs, and black and white accessories.

Agree? Disagree?

Source URL: http://www.jckonline.com/blogs/cutting-remarks/2011/12/21/top-ten-jewellery-retail-trends-2011

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