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Spring's hottest jewelry trends

Linda Miller Published: April 4, 2012
Eddie Borgo silk tassel necklace, $215, available at Neiman Marcus.

Eddie Borgo silk tassel necklace, $215, available at Neiman Marcus.

What’s new in fine jewelry trends? The Jewelry Information Center has some answers.

The center unveiled what it thinks are the hottest trends in fine jewelry this season, and chances are, you’re already seeing these in stores. Many of these trends are across the board, from fine jewelry to costume. Here’s the trend report:

Earrings

Two stand-out styles emerge:  the button and the ear climber.  Buttons were popular in the 1950s and then again in the 1980s.  Today, button earrings are scaled down in size. Popular styles include small clusters of colored gemstones, colored gemstones with light pink hue (such as morganite, kunzite and pink quartz), tasteful floral designs and pave diamond ovals. Ear climbers, as the name connotes, literally reach up the earlobe towards the temple creating a dramatic effect. Snakes and leaves are often used, giving this style an organic look.

Necklaces

Large necklaces are shaping up to be a significant accessory. Inspired by scarves, necklaces are long with tassel ends, often tied and wrapped. Another popular style is the classic, chic chain-link necklace, but it’s shorter and worn closer to the neck.  Bold pendants in the shapes of falcons, eagles, feathers and snakes often come to life in oxidized sterling silver.

Rings

“Organic” and “interesting” are the two words used to describe fashion rings for spring.  Some of the noteworthy gemstones are opaque, sultry gems like moonstone, hematite, rutilated quartz, lapis lazuli and labradorite. Long gone are the days when women want to wear only perfectly faceted gemstones with no inclusions.  Today, women appreciate the imperfections as well as the conversations that ensue because of their special beauty. 

Bracelets

Good-bye gladiator bracelets; hello malleable mini-cuff.  Due to the high price of gold, large bracelets are sized down this season. Bracelets made from sterling silver and blackened sterling silver will be prevalent, however, gold bracelets with open-work treatments continue to remain popular.

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