Jewelry 101: Trendy Gemstones

 

Pearl and Quartz Pink Bracelet

Pearl and Quartz Pink Bracelet

Being an artist in the world of handmade jewelry, the competition can be a little tough, but if you can follow the market, and research the wants of consumers you may find incorporating today’s hot new trends can boost business for you and your jewelry business.

 

In 2008, gemstones have been trendy, but will this continue to be the case going into 2009, many fashion experts agree gemstones are no where near going out of style.  Every bead magazine you pick up in the store show beaded gemstone jewelry on the cover, and Tiger Eye and Turquoise being the hottest of all those stones.  It’s no surprise why they are in style, people are trying to bring back that natural touch, jewelry fashion all began thousands of years ago with beaded gemstone jewelry.  So what can you do to start incorporating these much wanted stones in your pieces?

 

1. You Work with Metals Mainly.  Great, stones look beautiful with metal work. Write now charm bracelets are hot with beaded gemstone charms. Try incorporating a few in your designs.

 

2. You Work with Glass Only. Gemstones once they are polished look a lot like glass as well. Try making a beaded glass necklace and have a gemstone dangling as the pendant.

 

3. You Already Work With Gemstones. Are there any gemstones you have not worked with? I would expand your collection of beads and see what you can come up with!

 

Just remember to have fun, and love the natural beauty of gemstones. They are in.

 

Love the piece above come see it in my shop Pink Pearl and Quartz Bracelet

Color 101: Fall 2008

These kind of posts crack me up, the ones where it is the hottest month of the year yet here I am writing about whats in store for October. I shouldn’t laugh too hard, there really is only about 6 more weeks left of summer and then the fall colors are in! Are you ready for the fall? Have you already started adding new pieces to your fall lines or your jewelry box? I know I have been researching and adding new beads to my assortment ready to be assembled into something beautiful? So what can you expect this season? Variety. Move on over earthtones and let some color in this fall season! (Don’t get me wrong, earthtones are still in this season, we’re just making some room for some brighter revisions to the season)

Colors to watch (My FAV FOUR of about 20):

**** Fuchsia, Minty Fresh, Pumpkin, Fire Fly (pretty much the color of yellow turquoise) *********

This season is going to debut with bright colors of purple, yellow, and green. It is going to be a fun season.

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My Top Five Etsy Picks For the Week of Aug. 3rd

Vintage Wood and Stone
Vintage Wood and Stone

 

I love ETSY. It’s a create place to buy crafty items, and meet the inspirational artists behind them. There are so many items that you can not buy anywhere else, they are so unique, so special, and worth every dollar spent on them. It takes alot of dedication to become a great artist, and I really feel that these five pieces from these five different sellers on ETSY deserve to shine in the spotlight because they are truly unique and really celebrate the love for earthtones.  So please come visit these wonderful pieces. 

This week to celebrate earthtones, I have created a three strand bracelet with shell, stone, and vintage wood beads from the 70’s. Please  take the time to see my earthtone celebration piece at: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13914445

 

Etsy Pick #1: This is a piece being sold by VintageFairRetroRare. Such a beautiful, unique piece, that I know for myself I have never seen anything like it.  If you love wood and butterflies this would be the perfect piece for you to add to your collection.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12975730

Etsy Pick #2: GardenJewels is a very creative artist! She makes this wonderful, garden chime, and I love it so much, that I am excited to show my own mom her shop! My mom loves to garden, and looking at this piece would bring a smile to any person who has a love for their garden:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13356366

Etsy Pick #3: This is a beautiful necklace, made with a dazzling center piece. This is a peice I would buy for myself — and just love how beautiful the boutquie of flowers are. If you love silver jewelry, you’ll find great appreciation for this necklace she designed:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13617508

Etsy Pick #4:  2kute, makes alot of adorable kid items. I especially liked this greeting card (oh how I wish I could buy every greeting card I see, one of my favorite categories on ETSY!) A celebration of flowers. What a creative way to say Thank You!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=11723810

 

Etsy Pick #5: How creative her work is! BearlyTimeToScrap has made a special piece, celebrating Mom and Baby Bird. A creative piece that can be added to your flower pots. (How many compliments you would get from friends seeing the cute duo in your flower pot!) I was very impressed.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13617508

What’s Hot About Yellow Turquoise?

Yesterday I wrote about trendy new gemstone colors for summer 2008, and I said I thought yellow turquoise may becoming a new hot trend, and my hunch has been confirmed by overwhelming amounts of Google sites and new jewelry designs in the anniversary edition of BeadStyle (I love this edition! Please buy it if you are in love with making jewelry)!

 

So why yellow? Is blue out now?  Yellow seems to be the new green this year, but please do not be fooled by how they are made. It is important to know that yellow turquoise is actually rather rare so often times most of the “yellow turquoise” on the market is enhanced in color, these are the stones from China, or the gemstones found are often times really Jasper or serpentine with black rock markings that make them look like turquoise.

Regardless to where they come from, or what they are, they are taking a giant sweep into the jewelry industry and the pieces made with this stone are absolutely stunning!  

 

So should you donate that dazzling new turquoise bracelet you just bought? Absolutely not. Blue is still hotter then ever, as I mentioned before check out the new BeadStyle magazine and you will see how hot blue still is.

 

Please stay tuned for yellow turquoise jewelry coming to my shop at, and please see my newest turquoise jewelry set:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13526879

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13519743

http://naturalamber.etsy.com

 

Gemstones are Hot for 2008

 

What’s Hot this summer? If you are like me, following the trends are important, for me it’s because I am a jewelry artist and want to make sure I offer what people want, but I am also a trend enthusiastic and I am always wanting to design myself a pair of trendy earrings to wear out on a girls night out, or for a night of karaoke.

 

So what is hot right now?  Gemstones and silver. Currently,  the stars are flashing gemstones around and dazzling up their casual and evening wear with simple gemstone bracelets and gemstone earrings. The trendy colors this summer are the pastels colors: light pinks, purples, and blues. So what kind of gemstones should you be looking for?

 

Gemstones that are Pink: Rose Quartz, Cherry Quartz, Rhodolite, Agate, Moonstone

Gemstones that are Blue: Turquoise, Sapphire, Aquamarine, Topaz, Agate

Gemstones that are Purple: Amethyst, Some Jaspers, Agate

 

Have fun, find colors that compliment your skin tone, your eye color, and your outfit. I love purples and blues, and they look good on me so I often times wear gemstones like that. I love Amethyst and Turquoise. Also be on the look out for yellow! I have been seeing many new pieces with yellow turquoise on the market, and I have also been experimenting yellow turquoise and be so happy with the results. Absolutely stunning.

Incorporating Jewelry Trends

Staying up with the market is hard since fashion is always changing. What’s hot today may be out of style within a month, or may even sizzle before it catches wind. Often times the stars lay out what’s in and what’s out, and once they say it’s out, often times it is. So what can a jewelry artist do to make sure she is selling to the market?  How can an artist today learn to incorporate hot trends into her unique pieces?

 

*~*~*~ Before I go any further on this article I wanted to state that just because a design is hot, doesn’t mean you have to copy it. I have seen many artists copy other artists work and it’s an absolute no-no in the jewelry world. It’s just like stealing. The most important thing to take from this article is how to incorporate current trends into your own unique works *~*~*~*~

 

1. Use Social Networks and Shopping Sites to your Advantage.  They are a great tool for seeing what consumers are buying now. Often on the social shopping sites you can even read customer reviews on items, and read what trends are popular to them right now. Also Social networks are great as well, you can ask your friends, your family, open a blog asking what is on their to buy list, what they are currently looking at. The feedback you will get with be tremendous, and very rewarding to your future works.  Take that feedback and incorporate it into your work.

 

2. Flip Through Magazines.  What are the stars wearing right now? How long has it been since you checked out the fashion section of your favorite magazine?  I often will flip through magazines looking from what’s hot in colors, what pieces are in, and what trends have been revived. My newest project in the work are bangles (a revived trend of the 80’s) which I will be debuting on my shop this weekend, http://naturalamber.etsy.com, so please stay tuned for that!

 

3.  Surprise! The Local Library Is Still Around. Let’s be honest here, really when was the last time you went down to the library? instead of you investing in buying a bunch of magazines and books, I would check out what they have. Often times they have current magazines, and fashion books. Take a peek, and see how resourceful they still can be!

 

The main key is to focus on color, style, and piece and the rest will fall in place. If you use polymer clay what can you do to jazz up your style? If you use gemstones, what colors are hot, and what stones can you use to make pieces that are color trendy. If you use vintage beads, how can you make a piece of the past a trendy current seller? Use your imagination and bead away. Remember —- having fun is in :).