Intricacy and Attraction – The Rising Trends in Handmade jewellery
With all popular products and commodities, trends are constantly evolving and changing in order to keep up with changing consumer demands, with handmade jewellery being no exception. As clothes can be laborious and run the risk of not fitting, you bought music last year, and the romantic present of champagne and flowers went down well on her birthday, its safe to surmise that handmade jewellery has long been considered to be the perfect romantic gift. To ensure that you are up to date with the latest handmade jewellery styles when choosing your precious handcrafted gift, take a look at some of the rising trends in handmade jewellery.
The increasing desire to be unique
While the mods of the 60s prided themselves in collectively bragging sideburns, pointed shoes and neat narrow trousers, and the punks with their pierced noses, pink hair and shocking dress sense meant there was no way you could miss them, in contemporary society there seems to be a common desire to be unique.
Unlike the jewellery that has been churned out in factories for the high street and designer brands, the wearer of a beautiful handmade necklace will not run the risk of there being umpteen other ladies at the Christmas Eve party wearing the same necklace.
The raw materials that many handmade jewellers use to produce their products vary tremendously. Materials such as pearls, resin, amber, shell, turquoise and coral are crafted to create geometric shapes, bright colours and truly unique pieces of jewellery.
As the demand for unique jewellery rises, in which no-one in the world would have the exactly the same piece, handmade jewellery is becoming increasing more unique. With asymmetry, striking colours, and bizarre concoctions of materials, progressively gaining presence on handmade jewellery stalls across the world, handcrafted jewellery is evolving with the collective desire to show uniqueness.
Celebrity endorsed statement jewellery
With actress Eva Mendes stepping out in a stunning turquoise collar at the Golden Globes, the handmade statement necklace has made its way into the modern jewellery must haves.
Once upon a time celebrities stood accused of following each other like sheep. They may have more money than sense and be able to afford to wear a different pair of Swarovski crystal earrings every day of the week but there is a growing trend in the celebrity world to exploit the unique and charming merits of handmade statement jewellery. From huge stones, gems and rocks, to metal beads, designs and even feathers, eye-catching handmade statement jewellery is becoming a regular feature of the red-carpet premiers.
For example, American actress, model and film producer, Brenda Song is a self-confessed fan of rare jewellery that has been crafted by hand, and was recently seen stepping out in a fabulous antique handmade jewellery set.
Pieces of jewellery that have been meticulously created by hand with lavender blue gems have been in relatively high demand in recent years. Due to the natural beauty of these semi-precious stones there are always slight variations in the shape, colour and appearance, and no two pieces of handmade lavender blue jewellery could ever be the same. American actress Paige Davis is reportedly a big fan of lavender blue jewellery having been snapped by the paparazzi recently sporting a stunning mystic lavender blue necklace.
Handcrafted jewellery for any occasion
Whilst there may have been certain codes of jewellery practice for different occasions, there is a growing trend for bold, bright handmade jewellery to be suitable for practically every occasion. Weddings, for example, would typically be an occasion where one would wear a small, subtle silver necklace, a pair of inconspicuous pearl earrings and a dainty little bracelet. Nowadays, wedding guests can get away with unique handmade jewellery that can even be bordering on the bizarre. Handmade jewellers are selecting only the finest pearls, crystals, and other beautiful raw materials to guarantee that each piece of handmade wedding pieces of art is finished to an exceptionally high standard. With the increasing demand for beautifully rare handmade jewels for practically any occasion, items of handmade jewellery could be regarded as being one of the most perfect romantic gifts. Whether it is opening a breathtakingly rare bracelet on Christmas Day that has been painstakingly created in the foothills of the Himalayas, being presented with a stunning handmade ring on Valentine’s Day, or being given an especially well thought out hand crafted amber broach on a birthday, these valuable gifts radiate romanticism, thoughtfulness and are widely regarded as the perfect romantic gift. In fact any woman, and many men for that matter, would enjoy being given an exquisitely made unique piece of jewellery on their special day. Jewellery that reflects the receivers’ personality rather than the ubiquitous and monotonous factory-churned high street and designer jewellery that, by comparison, has little personality or character, can be one of the most treasured gifts a woman, or man, can be given.
Whilst the world of handmade jewellery may be traditional, unchanged and timeless in its making techniques, it is still as fashion commodity and, similar to all fashion commodities, is a dynamic and fast-moving one whereby trends are consistently evolving.