January is the time of year where everyone has a stab at making their predictions for what will lead the way for the coming year in Jewellery trends, and I suspect 2018 will be no different.
Before I delve into my jewellery trends predictions, let’s start by taking a look back at 2017.
There was a significant shift last year to bespoke jewellery with it gaining in popularity not just for special occasions pieces, such as bespoke engagement rings, wedding rings and eternity rings but to compliment everyday outfits too.
As bespoke jewellery has become more popular, trends have started to emerge even among these individualised pieces.
For sure white precious metal still lead the way, but there was a shift during 2017 towards red gold and yellow gold and the combination of using two colours together.
Depending on what part of the world that you live in will determine the size of the jewellery pieces that you wear on the USA side of the Atlantic big and brash still lead the way but I found here in the UK the jewellery that I designed and made was understated and most certainly told a story.
Diamonds till lead the way as most popular stone to be used in an engagement ring followed by sapphire, but when it came to everyday jewellery gemstone choice was more varied with colours being chosen rather than necessarily a particular gemstone.
An excellent example of this was when I was asked to find a stone colour that matched the Caribbean Sea, and I found the perfect colour match in a green beryl a stone from the aquamarine family.
Bespoke Engagement Rings
When it came to styles certainly in the bespoke world solitaire rings continued their decline in popularity, and while halo setting remained steady, three stone rings moved away from three stones of equal size to a centre stone complemented by smaller stones and not necessarily of the same cut on either side.
The most significant growth, however, was reserved for jewellery that was as individual as the wearer and that had a personal story attached, and I created jewellery that incorporated, hummingbirds, butterflies and shooting stars just to name a few.
Bespoke Wedding Rings
Bespoke wedding rings also saw some significant changes with an increase in men choosing to add diamonds to their rings, and there was also an increase in returning to yellow and red gold as a preferred choice of precious metal.
Matching wedding bands also increased in popularity, and what was most exciting was creating men’s weddings that incorporated their partner’s ring style within them.
Pendants and earrings have aleays been a top kewellery gitt and 2017 saw a shift from single stone pendants to stone around or dropping froma chain set with either diamonds or gemstones, and bangles made a return too.
Here are my preditions for 2018
So what does jewellery trends for 2018 have in store I genuinely believe more of the same with bespoke and handcrafted jewellery sales continuing to increase.
Rather than being lead by what so called experts say you should be wearing I believe the march to creating jewellery that is as individual as the wearer will continue to grow in popularity.
Bespoke jewellery allows you so much more freedom to express your own design thoughts and create designs you never thought would be possible
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Written by David Law on 8th January 2018 in Blog.
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