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Fashion Jewellery – Essential Style Advice For 2011

If you’re someone who loves fashion and dressing well but finds the whole thing a little bit confusing, then you’re not alone. Fashion changes so fast it can be hard to keep up. To help you out, in the realm of jewellery at least, we’ve put together a little guide to the top trends for 2011. Mismatched bracelets are going to be really big, which is great as it means you can largely just wear things you’ve previously bought and don’t have to worry about what goes with what.

Extremely long drop earrings are also going to be big in 2011 – the longer the better. This is a great chance to really make a fashion statement with your jewellery. Big hoop earrings are going to be really popular but it’s the long earrings that just skim or ‘dust’ along your shoulders that are the hot ticket item right now. Earrings with a couple of crystals or little gems that catch the light are one really great way to wear the trend for maximum impact.

The cuff watch is also going to be a big 2011 women’s jewellery trend. They are available in a whole range of colors and designs, which means you have loads of options to help your accessory stand out, particularly if you go for bright colors and intricate patters. Cuff watches come with a thick band of fabric for a strap, making them idea to make a bold statement and they just slide on like a bracelet. Alternatively, you could wear a metal watch with a thin silver or gold strap.

For the vintage lovers among you, you can benefit in 2011 with the popularity of vintage-style pendant necklaces. You may well already have something like this in your closet, so get hunting to see what you’ve got. Large pendants are sure to help you stand out and they’re a great way to add detail to any outfit. For a pretty, feminine look, try a large fabric flower pendant on a string of beads. You could also go for a metal or plastic pendant for the wow factor.

Our last tip relates to an item of jewellery that’s a true style classic. It’s always popular and will be for years to come, meaning you can get great use out of it – the crystal. In particular, we love the little, sparking gems such as those by Swarovski that add instant glamour to any outfit. The intricate detail they embody really adds a zing to your style while still being ultra classy so you can wear them with practically anything while staying coolly fashionable.

Men’s Jewelry – Modernizing and Refining the Past

Throughout the age of time men have wore jewelry for multiple reasons. Some tribes wore necklaces made out of the very leather that came from their last night’s kill and were used to put special items or “pendants” to display certain characteristics or victories. One might put the talon of an eagle on his necklace, usually displayed to mean dominance and deadly power, to let people know that he was not to be taken lightly. However, another man might put a symbol resembling a bear, which usually represent medicine and healing, which was usually worn by the medicine man of that tribe. While we know that most of the people in this day and time used leather as a preferred choice for jewelry, there are numerous examples and proof of other types as well. Corded necklaces, made together from local plants such as hemp, were also commonly used.

While you might not think that today’s modern man would even come close to resemble that of the primitive savage that once roamed the earth, take a closer look. You might be surprised to see that something’s have not really changed at all. Today different UFC fighters wear unique tribal pendants and jewelry displaying different traits or characteristics. Masculine pieces such as swords, daggers, eagle claws, and skull are just a few examples of unique articles of jewelry worn by what some people might call today’s most masculine men. TV shows like Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Gladiator show a whole new style of ancient roman jewelry with thick leather chokers and roman style carvings in the metal work.

Rockstars, on the other hand, take a different approach at style. Pendants made out of guitar picks and accessories made with famous artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and the Doors in mind cover every possible aspect of jewelry to wear. Hemp and corded necklaces can be seen on the necks of many famous artists and start and these pieces so closely resemble our ancestors it is insane.

In the busy and modern world of today one might think that we will soon see a new evolution when it comes to designing and creating jewelry. However, if you look at the trends of the past you might find that we are not creating new one, but refining and perfect the old ideas to our current taste and style.

New Designs and A Younger Market Bring New Life to Jade

The jadeite jade market remains strong and has been growing over the past few years even when sales of most other types of gemstones and jewelry have been lackluster, to say the least. A growing middle class in China, and a general attraction to Eastern culture in the West, have ignited new interest in this exceptional, significant and fascinating gem.

According to “Estimates of the size and growth rate of China’s middle class vary. Roughly half of China’s projected urban population will be middle class in 2025…The first industrial revolution created a 250% increase in per capita income over a 100 year period. The second industrial revolution triggered 350% per capita income growth over 60 years. By comparison, China is on track to create a 700% growth in per capita income in just 20 years.”

It is this demographic that has largely inspired the resurgence in the popularity of jadeite jade jewelry. Much of this middle class are younger professionals with disposable funds to invest and enjoy. Sales of the classic indulgences such as travel, fine dining, automobiles and luxury goods are rising at an unprecedented rate in China. Even though many of the worlds designer ‘fakes’ may be produced in China, the Chinese prefer the finer things in their most genuine and authentic forms. Natural, untreated jadeite jade is one of these finer things. According to a recent article in Jewellery News Asia entitled Jadeite Gains Market Share “The market’s appetite for Type ‘A’ jadeite, which is 100 percent natural and untreated, remains strong…The global economic downturn has not barred consumers from purchasing jadeite.” In fact, at recent jadeite jade auctions record prices for jade slabs and lots were not unusual. Many sales resulted in 4.5 times the reserve prices.

Jade has been a vital part of Chinese culture for centuries; as far back as the Neolithic period jade was used and revered. “Known as the ‘royal gemstone’, jadeite has been inextricably linked to Chinese culture, and has been prized for centuries by emperors, noblemen, poets and China’s seriously rich.” The value and beauty of jade is one of those wisdoms that have been ingrained in the younger generations. “Modern cuts and trendy designs have further enhanced this priceless treasure’s allure, reeling in a younger generation of consumers who also prize jadeite jewellery for its beauty and inherent value”(Jewellery News Asia, July 2010).

“Asia is not the only market that has an insatiable appetite for jadeite. According to US-based jewellery wholesaler Mason-Kay, a rise in the popularity of things Asian in American culture has translated to greater interest in jadeite jewellery”(Jewellery News Asia, July 2010). The article continues on to point to new designers with fresh styles that have contributed to this new generation’s interest in jadeite jewelry. Mason-Kay’s Azure Collection is mentioned as one of their top selling lines, incorporating exquisite blue sapphires with better green jadeite jade. In the U.S. Mason-Kay has been at the forefront in designer jadeite jade jewelry, earning a best earring finalist position in last years JCK Jewelers Choice Awards with a pair of earrings from their Azure Collection designed exclusively for Mason-Kay by Kristina.

Mason-Kay continues to develop green and lavender jadeite jade designs as well as other jade colors. Mr. Jeff Mason of Mason-Kay Jade also stated they have had much interest and increasing sales of better black nephrite jade. “We have also begun to design our Midnight Collection of better black jade in white gold with diamonds and cabochon coloured gemstones” (Jewellery News Asia, July 2010). Mason-Kay is planning on the debut of the completed Midnight Collection in the spring of 2011.

Trendy Fashion On A Budget

Fashion is something that almost every woman follows. Fashion is constantly changing and evolving. Some styles seem to disappear and reappear over the years. One thing that will always be a major part of fashion are accessories and handbags. During the 80′s and 90′s the trend was to have a handbag to match every pair of shoes. Nowadays that’s not the case. Now what most women just look for are handbags that are fashionable and trendy. As we take a look at celebrity styles we often see designer handbags and accessories like belts, sunglasses, and jewelry. Many people look to recreate these styles on a budget. All of these show off an individual’s fashion style and taste. Handbags and totes will always be a major part of any woman’s wardrobe.

There are different types of handbags, such as: clutches, satchels, totes, backpacks, duffel bags, and celebrity themed handbags; like Betty Boop and Marilyn Monroe. Evening bags are good for formal occasions, but one can get everyday use out of handbags and tote bags; they also come in a wider variety of designs. Many women also desire a stylish bag that can hold multiple items. Fashionable and functional bags are popular among working women, because of their versatility; they can be used during the work day, at the grocery store, or a night out with friends. It is convenient to be able to use one bag in multiple settings, as opposed to having to switch bags for different occasions. Designer products are very sought after by those who are fashion conscious, but for many, those styles are outside of their price range. To get the look for less, people invest in designer inspired handbags, which provide the same styles as the expensive designer handbags, but without the pricey name/label. For many women, wearing designer products makes them feel empowered and helps them to create a unique style. Designer inspired products create the opportunity for the average woman to have similar styles to those of the rich and famous. The most convenient and efficient way of buying designer inspired handbags, totes and accessories is online. It is perfect for those who are not near a shopping center, or simply don’t have the time to go. There are also many unique and stylish items available online, that are not available in retail stores.