Bracelet Trends for This Summer

This season, update your look by taking advantage of new up-and-coming bracelet styles that offer high impact style for just a fraction of the cost of a new wardrobe.

Charming bracelets1) Big bold bracelets continue to dominate the style scene this summer. Chunky beads, oversize cuffs and bulky geometric shapes are haute, haute, haute. Wear one with a sundress, tank top or strapless beach cover up for just the right amount of glam.

2) Safari, tribal and ethnic inspired bangles are all the rage right now. Look for bracelets made from natural materials such as wood and cork. A little print can go a long way in adding interest and a focal point to your outfit.

3) Mixing different hued metals is big right now. So instead of piling on piles of gold or sterling silver bangles, try incorporating rose gold, brass, hammered metal and other textures to kick it up a notch.

4) Charm bracelets are always on the radar, and this year is no different. Try charm bracelets that use earthly materials like natural cut stones and charms in the shape of leaves, butterflies and your other favorite insects and animals. Wear your charm bracelet with other bracelets for a look that is all your own.

5) Nothing screams summer like bright vibrant colors such as citrus hues and bold jewel tones. Add a fun bracelet to a monotone outfit of white, black or neutral for a look-at-me outfit that is sure to capture all the right attention.

6) Layering is a must-do this summer. Whether it's thin bangle bracelets, beaded stretch bracelets or mid size cuffs, you've got to go big with your accessories this season. Don't be afraid to mix and match to create a unique style statement.

However you choose to wear your bracelets this season, have fun with them as you enjoy the lazy days of summer.

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The New Take on Pearl Necklaces and Earrings

Pearls are classic and beautiful – known for their timeline elegance. They will always be in fashion, yet this season, there's a different take on jewelry made from these stunning natural stones. Designers and celebs are putting their own modern twist on pieces – ranging from drop earrings to multi-tiered necklaces and lariats. Enter the new age of pearls.
pearl necklacesNecklaces – Typically, pearl necklace favorites have included single short strand, or a sole pearl dangling as a pendant. However, it's not just limited to your grandmother's style of pearl necklaces anymore. These days, pearls are being mixed with different types of chains and metallics and are being placed in settings that are fresh and unique. Today, thanks to style-setters like Michelle Obama, pearl necklaces are making a comeback in a big way. The stones are getting larger – some even as big as gumdrops. One of the best ways to incorporate a contemporary pearl necklace is to pair it with an LBD or a sleek blouse. For something different, try a lariat style chain, with pearls on either end. Or, for something a little edgier, opt for pearls on a thick chain link necklace, either asymmetrical or layered with other mix and match pieces.pearl earringsEarrings – Pearl stud earrings have their place, but this season, it's all about incorporating new takes on these old favorites. Look for earrings that have settings in rope-like chain, where the pearl is actually being held inside the metal. Another option is a thin wire hoop with pearls dangling from the end. This style is feminine and interesting. Pearl earrings also pair well with rhinestone encrusted clasps and florals, for a glamorous statement.pearl stud earringsSo, if you're thinking about wearing pearl jewelry for a wedding, an everyday look, or a special night out, consider the new take on pearl jewelry that will keep you looking current and fabulous.

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Pale Hues: Summer's Must Have Jewelry

With the lazy days of summer quickly approaching, you'll want to update your jewelry box with pieces that are as light and breezy as the weather itself. These accessories are beach friendly, vacation approved and suitable for just about any everyday look.

Beaded necklaces are hot ticket items this year, so welcome summer with a chunky beaded necklace in a soft shade like baby blue, antique rose or muted yellow. These necklaces go great with neutrals, but you can also easily wear them with darker pieces in your wardrobe, to achieve a sense of balance. Another option is to dress up a peasant blouse or lace blouse with these feminine accents.Beaded necklacesBangle bracelets are another must-have item, but if you're wondering which ones to invest in, and which ones to leave behind, maybe this will help. Summer jewelry should be effortless, chic and simple. Wooden bangle bracelets with painted patterns in soft colors do a great job at achieving this, and can be worn casually, or with a sundress. Thin wire bangle bracelets are also beautiful, but try something in a shade of rose gold for a contemporary twist.Bangle braceletsIf you're looking for a simple way to update your go-to office apparel, then consider throwing on a cute pair of drop earrings in a natural stone of amethyst or opal. Beautiful unpolished rocks set in a simple gold or sterling silver drop will get you more mileage out of an old favorite. In addition, it helps to pull together your look from head to toe. Now, you can be sure that your first impression will be a stylish one.

Typically, the colors of spring have favored pastels and florals, but this year, it's a new take, with soft spoken beads, organic stones and earthy jewelry that compliments any style – from boho chic to classic and polished. So, step outside of the comfort zone and try these easy-to-wear styles.

Coral and Turquoise Jewelry

It doesn't matter whether you're faired skinned, olive toned or have a rich creamy complexion, coral and turquoise jewelry looks great on most anyone. This summer, mix warm and cool colors together for a chic and fashionable look that any fashionista will appreciate.
Coral and Turquoise Jewelry 3For a casual boho chic style, pair lightweight summer sundresses with brightly colored beaded necklaces and flat sandals. One affordable strand in coral and turquoise is versatile enough to be worn with other items in your closet as well. For example, take a classic white button down shirt and add a pop of color with a great beaded necklace. Or, grab your favorite LBD and add fun pieces in eye-catching hues.
Coral and Turquoise Jewelry 2For nights out on the town, rev it up with gold metallic jewelry accented with turquoise and coral stones. A great bangle bracelet with a fun floral design can be the perfect ornamental piece to complete your look. You can wear the same bracelet to work any day of the week, with a sheath dress or airy blouse and tailored jeans.

If you're looking to add an everyday piece to your jewelry box, then consider just a splash of coral or turquoise in the form of a floral pendant or a bold cocktail ring. You can find some great pieces online that are fashion-forward and won't break the bank. Look for items that have fun details and unique designs.

So if you're looking for an easy way to reinvent an old favorite from your closet this summer, consider coral and turquoise jewelry, either worn alone, together, or with metallic pieces that create fashion-forward appeal in both warm or cool weather. Now, you won't have to wait to go on vacation to dress like it. You can bring the aura of tropical paradise to your look with fun colors that are reminiscent of happy days. So, what are you waiting for?

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Go Bold with Modern Metallic Jewelry

A touch of metallic is often all you need to dress up a basic black ensemble, a head-to-toe monotone outfit or a global safari inspired garb. This season, metallic jewelry has taken on a different twist, with toned down smoothness and duller finishes. Hammered sterling silver and gold are popping up everywhere, in place of shinier flashier pieces.Modern Metallic JewelryDim metallic jewelry can be a bit edgier and can be worn professionally to the office. For example, chunky graphic silver plated necklaces can complement feminine silk blouse or sweater sets. Or, a combination of polished aluminum gold and silver bracelets can be stacked for a strong addition to a basic sheath.

Hammered metal disc-shaped pendants and hoop earrings have recently been spotted on celebs of all ages. From Jessica Alba's hammered silver hoop earrings to Mary Kate Olsen's brass rings to the top of the list of 'must-have' accessories for the season, this is a trend that's here to stay.

Minimalist and graphic shapes dominate the spectrum of metallic jewelry, but the edges are more rounded and toned down, creating an easy-to-wear spring look. Antique looking metals like brass and copper can also achieve great bold results when paired with contrasting pieces and fabrics.Modern Metallic JewelrySo how can you incorporate this season's runway hit into your wardrobe? Pair dulled metallics with bold prints like stripes and florals to tone down the boldness of the outfit. Add hammered metal jewelry to soft colors like sea foam green, lavender and canary yellow. If you're planning on dressing up in sequins, satin or lace, toned down metal jewelry can be just the thing you need to achieve balance. If you have a v-neck or asymmetrical fabric cut, this trend can create a modern finish. It’s not only easy to wear this trend, it's affordable and stylish as well.

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Prom 2009: Jewelry Fit for a Queen

Prom Jewelry As you gear up for the biggest party of the year, you're definitely going to want to look your best. So what's hot this year in prom jewelry trends? And what are some great pieces that are affordable and stylish? Well, we're here to tell you all that and more…

If you really want to make an entrance at prom, then you've got to have the right jewelry to compliment your gown. Rhinestones are hot, hot, hot this year, with many options to choose from. A necklace is a great place to start putting together your look. Of course, this will depend on the neckline of your dress. If you have a strapless dress, then you'll have no problem pulling the necklace of your choice.

Pendant necklaces can be basic or can incorporate fun charms such as bowties or horse shoes (think Carrie Bradshaw on Sex in the City). If you're looking for something a little more fashion forward, wear an asymmetrical enamel number with an oversized flower to one side. CZs by the yard can do a great job at picking up the sparkle in your dress, whereas a layered necklace brings attention to your decoration and can be an elegant addition to a simple dress. If you're looking for a little color in your necklace, then try incorporating chunky brightly colored stones with a cascade of rhinestones.

Prom jewelry doesn't always have to sparkle. If you have a busy dress, for example, you may want to choose accessories that compliment, but don't compete with your ensemble. For an alternative look, you can wear chunky necklaces made of semi-precious stones such as turquoise or quartz. Or, try candy colored beads in bright colors such as raspberry or emerald green. Worn with confidence, you're sure to end up on the list of "Best Dressed".

Whatever you choose, your prom jewelry should be fun, fashionable and fit for a queen.
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Jazz up Jeans and a Tee with Jewelry

These days, fashionistas everywhere are looking for the best deals to save money and cut costs on everything from apparel to shoes to accessories. However, you can still update a simple jeans and a white tee shirt outfit with jewelry that is fun, funky and fabulous. Here are a couple ideas to get you going:

Gold – Pair gold accessories like a watch or a flashy charm bracelet with a white tee to create a fresh summer look. Try adding a stack of gold bangle bracelets of varying thick and thin widths for a flashy update to a standard.Gold bangle braceletsChunky – Thick metal necklaces in scrunched metal or chain link can add a focal point to an otherwise boring outfit. Mix metals and wear gold, silver and brass layered necklaces with complimentary gladiator sandals and an interesting bag.
Chunky necklacesBoho chic – Beaded necklaces and bracelets do wonders at revving up standard pieces. Natural unpolished glass stones can take your look from casual beachy to day-to-day chic while candy colored plastic beads create a sense of youth and happiness.
unpolished glass stonesColor – Take wardrobe staples to the next level by incorporating bright citrus colored pieces. A lime green cuff, canary colored pair of drop earrings or mango hued pendant necklace can do wonders at getting your look ready for the upcoming spring and summer seasons.

Layers – One of the easiest ways to dress up a so-so top is to incorporate several different necklaces. Mix and match long strands of beads with pendants of varying length for a uniquely individual style statement.

A Focal point – Spice up any tee and jeans with a statement piece that will capture attention. For example, add an oversize pair of painted wooden earrings for a worldly vibe. Unique pieces take you from plain Jane to fashion-forward trendista.
painted wooden earringsSo the next time you're pondering what to wear, consider throwing on jeans and a tee with one of the new pieces of style-setting jewelry that's available.

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Black Jewelry: A Fashion 'Do'

This season on the runway and on the street, we're seeing a lot of black jewelry that makes an impact and ups the style ante. Black is always a fashion favorite, and we're seeing that carry over to jewelry, in the form of statement pieces and beaded numbers. Smoky quartz, onyx and black crystal are intriguing and noticeable. There are several ways to wear these pieces, and here, we take a look at some of our favorites:
Black Jewelry
Rocker style – It's hard not to conjure up images of rock stars when you think of black jewelry. From their leather studded bracelets to chain link necklaces, these styles are becoming more mainstream. You can incorporate this look into your current wardrobe by pairing contrasting pieces, such as rough-and-tough chain link bracelets with floral prints and breezy fabrics. Or, give a little edge to a satin or silk dress.
Black JewelryTo the office – If you love the look of black stones, but you're not sure how it'll mesh with your work gear, then think small and subtle. A great pair of drop earrings with dark stones can add a nice touch to a classic suit or sweater. Black pearls or beads are also a nice way to modernize this fashion favorite. Select large stones for a contemporary and up-to-date statement.

Special occasion – Black stones and rhinestones are gorgeous and go great with black cocktail dresses or jewel-toned gowns and create a fun edgy vibe. Try a thick choker with a cameo or other black beaded centerpiece. Black and gold cocktail rings can be just the ticket for spicing up a basic cami and jeans. You don't need a lot of jewelry to pull off this look; keep it to one piece that’ll get the job done.

Black stoned jewelry is modern and elegant. And this season, there are some noteworthy pieces that are stylish, affordable and easy-to-wear. So the next time you're getting dolled up, think about adding some dramatic jewelry for a new twist on basic black.

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Purple Jewelry Reigns Supreme

This year, purple in every shade – from lavender to plum to violet to magenta – is crowding the runways and giving us some much needed bursts of color in outfits and jewelry. Even President Obama claims that purple is his favorite hue.

Traditionally, the color purple was associated with royalty and nobility. Today, it is favored among designers in the fashion community, and worn by celebrities and A-listers like Victoria Beckham and Charlize Theron. Purple jewelry can easily transform your look for Spring and create a stunning statement. Here are some suggestions for working this trend in to your look:
Amethyst – These gorgeous gems make great eye-catching jewelry when set in sterling silver. The lightness of the metal makes a great contrast to the deepness of this shade. Take a cue from Brooke Shields and Christina Applegate and wear bold pieces like cocktail rings and drop earrings to accent baby blue or bright pink apparel. Just a splash of this exotic color is sure to make for a memorable look.
Tanzanite – This breathtaking gemstone is most commonly lavender in color. Try a fabulous pair of chandelier earrings or a couple tennis bracelets to accent an all black ensemble. The light and dark pairing is elegant, yet still contemporary.
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Beads – The fun thing about purple beads is that they are an inexpensive way to dress up current favorites. Chunky plastic or glass beaded necklaces are especially hot right now, and can easily take you from day to night. Throw in a matching pair of earrings for an affordable and stylish jewelry set. Also, feel free to mix purple beaded bracelets with other bangles or beads. Complimentary colors like red and turquoise are amazing together and give off a youthful vibe.

Whatever you're wearing this spring, make sure that purple is a part of it.

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Graphic Black and White Jewelry

There's nothing wishy-washy about black and white jewelry. It's bold, it's striking and it's a great way to create drama if you're not into color. You can easily incorporate black and white enamel jewelry into your look this spring with these easy to follow tips:

Black and White Jewelry

1) Add Just a Touch – A little black and white jewelry goes a long way. Black and white jewelry is like a bull's eye, with strong graphics and an air of elegance. Choose one signature piece like a bold necklace or bracelet.

2) Make it Effortless –Don't think about it too much. Just wear pieces in which you are comfortable. If modern resin or plastic jewelry doesn't excite you, consider Onyx.

3) Start with a Solid Foundation – If you're in all-white or neutral attire, add a black beaded necklace to instantly dress up your look. Consider gumball size beads or carved rosette beads for something a little different. If you are wearing a jewel-toned monochrome look from head to toe, then a simple black and white enamel bangle will grab attention, but not overwhelm.

4) Play dress up – Try black and white jewelry with many outfits in your closet. You might be surprised how versatile it is and how many combinations you can make. A few pieces can help to re-invent old favorites.

5) Punch it up with Patterns – For Spring, look for fun floral prints like black and white bangles. Or, for added edge, try geometric designs for nights out with the girls.

6) Play up Your Assets – Black and white jewelry does a great job at drawing the eye in to certain areas of the body. Choose areas that you'd like to highlight, such as a great collarbone, where you can sport an oversize pendant necklace. To compliment an up-do, add black stoned drop earrings for drama and glamour.

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Bridesmaid Jewelry that Dazzles

Bridesmaid Jewelry that Dazzles - The bridal party is an important part to any wedding. Whether you just have a maid of honor, or an entire entourage of your closet family and friends, you'll surely want them to look their best.

By the time you pick out the bridal party jewelry as a finishing touch, you'll probably already have the dresses and shoes in tow. You'll want to make sure that the accessories coordinate and compliment the overall look.

First, you should decide how the hair will be styled. If it's in an up-do, then earrings are a must. Studs are a safe choice, but make sure that the stones are large enough to be noticed. You and your bridal party will be photographed many times throughout the day, so exaggerated make-up and jewelry is acceptable. Drop earrings are a beautiful way to make a statement. Choose rhinestones that are in the same color family as the dresses being worn. For an inexpensive and stylish look, consider Swarovski crystal dangle earrings. They pick up every color of the rainbow and their versatility means they can easily be worn again, long after the big day.

Bridesmaid jewelry

Many bridesmaid dresses are strapless or have thin spaghetti straps. This look almost always calls for a great sparkly necklace. Single stone pendant are a safe choice, but why not try something more modern and give your girls CZs by the yard. These necklaces can be wrapped multiple times to create several layers of jewels. If you're going to have your bridesmaids don pearls, then consider multi-pearl strands accented by a beautiful rhinestone flower. This contemporary take on a wedding favorite is sure to garner the attention and approval of audiences both young and old.

If you're looking for a great gift for your bridesmaids, then consider bridal jewelry gift sets, which are a great value. And don't forget your sweet flower girl – she needs jewelry too.

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Do Knot Miss This Jewelry Statement!

We are constantly keeping our eyes open for the latest and greatest in jewelry styles and trends. This season, the knot is dominating the style scene, especially when it comes to statement necklaces and bracelets. Finding new ways to wear current pieces is always a challenge, but you might just be able to re-work what you already have to pull off this look.

The knotted necklaces can be quite bold or more feminine, depending on your goal. If you have a long necklace of beads or pearls, then you can easily create a knot down the front, or off to the side. Right down, asymmetrical designs are really hot and there are some fabulous pieces available. Multi-strand chain link necklaces with knots or buckles are all the rage and can be worn alone or with other pieces. For a daintier look, try a lariat style necklace. This means that the necklace does not connect with a clasp. Instead, it is knotted or tied. Alternatively, an Algerian love knot pendant necklace in sterling silver is great choice. This celeb favorite symbolizes joy, health and wealth and makes a great everyday accessory or a gift for a friend or loved one.

Knotted bracelets and cuffs are at the top of the 'must have' list this year. They are a bit edgier than a standard cuff bracelet and are an expressive way to wear the bold jewelry trend. For daytime, try sterling silver, while nighttime looks call for CZ rhinestones.

If you really love this trend, then consider knotted jewelry sets. You can easily wear the earrings and necklace together, and mix the bracelet with different accessories for another outfit. These pieces are fun and add something a little bit different to your look. Don't be afraid to wear several shades of metal woven together if you are looking to really grab attention.