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Top Seven Jewelry Trends for 2014

By Beverly McCullough on January 28th, 2014

A new fashion season is beginning, which means it's time to look at what will be hot for 2014 in jewelry trends! After researching runway, red carpet and market styles, I've discovered seven main trends to look out for this year.

Bright primary colors and geometric shapes take center stage.

It's time to channel your inner kindergartner! Look for pieces in fun colors like bold red, primary yellow and bright green. You'll also see geometric shapes in more styles to flatter everyone, like this sweet yellow boxy bangle from Céline. It makes a statement but could flatter a variety of outfits.

Photo credit: Imaxtree: Céline Spring 2014 Runway

All that glitters is gold.

Ok, maybe not all that glitters, but gold is making a strong showing in jewelry (as well as in home décor trends). So pull back out those gold pieces, and look for stores to be carrying more of this pretty metal. Between yellow gold and rose gold, there's a gold for every skin tone.

Be confident with gunmetal silver.

If you're going silver, consider using dark gunmetal tones. It makes a gorgeous contrast with clear crystals, or you could pair it with light pastel stones for summer. Gunmetal silver has an understated quality — bright or shimmering stones and crystals complement it best.

Go big and funky.

Don't be afraid to show your quirky side with jewelry. Go for that large jaguar pendant, layer on tons of bead necklaces, or pair your newest statement necklace with that crystal choker. Large, fun pieces are in style this year, so feel free to add a touch of playfulness to your accessories. There are no rules. If the proportions look right to you, go for it.

Glow in Radiant Orchid.

Pantone has chosen Radiant Orchid for the color of the year in 2014. Look for the deep purple hue to show up in statement necklaces, bangles and more. This rich color looks beautiful paired with grays, other jewel tones, or as a pop of color with black or white. There are lots of options for you with Radiant Orchid.

Get ready for statement collar pieces.

Look for necklaces that fit close to the neck. While the long tassel styles that have dominated the past few years won't disappear, collar pieces are starting to come back in. These don't have to be large necklaces — a single, bold metal collar will make a statement. You can also play with adding in other trends like geometric shapes to make a unique and pretty collar necklace.

Photo credit: Bibhu Mohapatra: NYFW Spring 2014

You can't go wrong with vintage.

This is near and dear to my own heart, and I'm so glad to see this trend continuing. Vintage style jewelry will make another strong showing in 2014. Look for pretty rhinestone earrings, glittery statement necklaces, and delicate bracelets that have a vintage flair.

Photo credit: AP Images: Zooey Deschanel wearing vintage Neil Lane earrings at the Golden Globes

Bonus: Want to learn how to design and sell jewelry? Enroll in the New York Institute of Art and Design's Jewelry Design Course today!

About the Author

Bev grew up in a family of artists and seamstresses so it is no surprise that she loves to create. She began sewing as a teenager and made her own clothes and jewelry even then. That love for DIY and creating has grown to include jewelry making, sewing, embroidery, furniture refinishing and anything else she can learn. Her style could probably be described best as a mix between modern and vintage —she loves taking old styles and making them new and fun again. Several of Bev's projects have been published in magazines such as Jewelry Affaire, Somerset Home, FreshStyle, and Apronology, and she occasionally teaches jewelry classes. She's also the co-planner for the SoCal Social, an annual event for Southern California creative bloggers. Bev lives in gorgeous Carlsbad, California with her husband, two teenagers, and two cats, which are often more trouble than the two teenagers. Find her at www.flamingotoes.com.


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