What makes a jewelry trend? How does a particular design earn staying power? What used to be a slow burn in popularity, ignited by street-style and fueled largely by a few fashion editors, can now engulf us overnight, thanks to Social Media and Internet sites that allow everyone to see new jewelry looks and adapt them in record time.
NationalJeweler.com, a leading jewelry trade news source, has published an informative piece entitled “7 Trends to Watch in 2016.” Here are the first four important jewelry trends to keep on your radar, as predicted by NJ. We’ll bring you the remaining three — along with OBJ’s wildcard predictions — in an upcoming post.
Stackables & Layering
The layering trend is here to stay, says National Jeweler, especially for pieces that are personalized or sentimental. Layering delicate necklaces together as well as stacking rings and bracelets are important trends with younger generations.
Amanda Gizzi, director of public relations and special events for Jewelers of America, told NJ: “It’s a buy-one-today, add-one-tomorrow mentality.”
As millennial couples shop for engagement rings, look for mixed metals to become a top trend in the bridal market. Rose gold paired with white gold or platinum juxtaposes warm and cool metals for eclectic settings. Contrasting halos, different color shanks, and even contrasting prongs will be seen at jewelry counters in the coming year.
NJ predicts more open styles for jewelry in 2016, influenced in part by rising precious metal prices. Openwork cuffs let more skin show through, while negative space creates mystery and allure. Look for rings and bracelets that don’t complete the circle, and collars that don’t quite close at the front of the neck.
The classic Y-shaped necklace made a big comeback in 2015 and it will continue to surge throughout 2016. Several top designers embraced this sexy style on their Spring 2016 runways; it’s great with a deep V-neck or a strapless top or dress. Try one this season and see for yourself!
Source: Adapted from “7 Trends to Watch in 2016,” by Brecken Branstrator, NationalJeweler.com, January 4, 2016.