This year expect the unexpected! Look for bold new directions and a fresh wave of expressive freedom. We touched base with several top designer friends to get their take on the hottest new trends to look for as the year unfolds.
“2018 is the year of the outspoken personality,” DM Kordanksy shares. “Traditional rules are being broken in society as well as in fashion style. Unorthodox self-expression is breaking the usual protocols of design.”
Look for lots of color. Pantone’s color of the year is ultra violet, but this is not a year when fashion is being dictated down from the top. Stars expressed themselves at the recent Golden Globes with a flood of unexpected, fresh green gems, such as Zoe Kravitz’s oversize emerald earrings.
Erica Courtney features award-winning color in her engagement rings, a strong bridal trend. “I love the idea of colored gems in engagement rings! It will always be a fabulous alternative for brides who would like to have something different and special. Our Drop Dead Gorgeous collection is full of exotic gems from all over the world, including magnificent color combinations that really make a statement about the wearer and her style.”
Sapphire and other blue gems including aquamarine continue to be very popular. Look especially for Paraiba tourmaline, morganite, unusual garnets such as spessartine, tsavorite and demantoid, spinels of all colors including black and opals such as John Ford’s award-winning Lightning Ridge opals. “I see demand for natural gemstones that are mined and sourced ethically increasing,” he reveals, pinpointing another important trend. “Unique gems have a story!”
With an upcoming British royal wedding and birth on the horizon, expect royal themes including crown rings and pendants, signet rings, and the attention to old-world detail with a fresh twist, popular especially with millennials. Stackables are everywhere, from bracelets and rings to long layered necklaces. New types of personalization are emerging, a fresh take on a perennial favorite look, including original fingerprint designs and initial earrings.
Chi Huynh of Galatea whose patented award-winning designs are continually breaking barriers highlights the fusion of fashion and technology, as seen in Fitbit trackers and Apple watches:
“We can’t discuss the future of jewelry without talking about tech. We launched Momento, our NFC (near field communications) jewelry collections in 2015 but we are reintroducing in 2018 because the jewelry is now compatible with iPhones. The fusion of fine jewelry and technology will continue to grow.
“We’re also rolling out our Blossom Memory Shape jewelry. The special metal used in the setting, Nitinol (nickel titanium), responds to heat and allows the jewelry to move. Jewelry that does something special will continue to attract jewelers and their customers over the coming years.”
It’s said that fortune favors the bold. Branch out and explore these exciting trends which offer your clients a fresh new wave of possibilities to express themselves in the new year.
Mia Katrin is an award-winning jewelry designer featured in over 100 top stores nationally. She is available for lectures and seminars. To add her Collections or book a lecture: www.jeweljewel.com, 877-539-3569, facebook.com/MiaKatrinforJEWELCOUTURELLC, subscribe to her YouTube channel www.youtube.com/channel/UC2B-53XBuB_HD5-bofc5jAA