Looking at 2017 jewellery trends

I’m looking forward to an exciting 2017 – a year of designing, teaching and attending events and classes such as the shows in Tucson and Bead & Button. As I make my plans, I spend a lot of time researching trends in jewellery. Following up on my fall 2016 trend report, I can see that many trends I reported on are still going strong while some have been modified and new ones added. Here’s what the major fashion magazines are reporting as major jewellery trends for spring 2017. 

Statement necklaces – the longer the better and the bigger the better. In French they are called sautoir. 

Part of the big statement necklace is raw stones, large mineral slices and big crystals (crystal therapy remains trendy.) In addition, big crosses add interest at the end of big chains. 

Arm cuffs – big, layered, graphic and curving close to the wrist. 

Chokers – this season the choker is as skinny as can be, a ribbon adorned with a pearl perhaps?

As for earrings, the asymmetrical look is still in style, especially wearing a single oversized earring but you can add to this trend big fantasy ear cuffs. 

The rebel/punk influence has been reworked and softened with pearls mixed in with the spikes and safety pins. 

Eclectic materials are being used in jewellery more and more. This spring, you will see everything from bike chain and rope to lighters being incorporated into jewellery. Upcycling is a trend I love and will continue to explore in my own jewellery design this year. 

This class I’m teaching in January incorporates upcycled beads and steel wire to create that trendy long necklace look!

There’s one crazy trend that I think takes the combined bracelet/ring jewellery to another level – a hybrid earring necklace. Can you imagine wearing a pair of earrings connected to each other with a chain that sits under your chin?

One trend blog I checked out summed up 2017 trends (see www.jckonline.com) and I boiled them down to these basics:

1. 80s throwback earrings

2. Modern takes on enamel

3. Pearls

4. Charm necklaces

5. Hearts and all heart-shaped jewellery

6. Geometric shapes

7. Minimalism – following on the anti-clutter philosophy

So there you have it! Hope this trend round-up inspires you in your creative endeavours this winter/spring. Happy making and I hope to see you at a class very soon. 

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