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Spring Trends 2010

Posted by Ali on February 04 at 12:38 pm

As I sat down last week to start designing some spring pieces, I realized that I needed to do a little research on the trends. I tried to find points on style or color where there seems to be a consensus. As designers, we all take suggested trends with a grain of salt. It’s our job to do our own thing, but if you’re looking to sell your creations, it can’t hurt to know what’s popular :) Here is what I found:

I couldn’t find a “great new trend” like large rough stones, filigree, or chain from the past few years. From what I can tell, it seems like trends from last year remain strong, although I pray that the 80s resurgence will pass soon! More and more women are looking to Michelle Obama as a fashion icon, much like my mother and grandmother looked to Jackie O.

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Kingii Necklace at Anthropologie

In terms of style of jewelry and components, I noticed an increased use of feathers, leather, and chain. I also found a lot of cuff bracelets, big earrings, and bold necklaces. Not that delicate pieces are under appreciated, but even they are getting some zing to be bold without needing to be chunky. Art, especially “pop art” has inspired many designers this season in their choices of color and lines. If art is going to inspire me, I’d like to stick to the impressionists.

Memory jewelry and charm jewelry are being created by more and more designers. I think this is because designs with more of a “handmade touch” seem to be very popular. I asked Matt if Deidra would get a charm bracelet when their baby is born and he said she doesn’t wear bracelets. Hmmm, how about a charm necklace?

Pantone colorsColor is playing an important role again this season. Based on what I’ve read, the most important thing in your color choice is to be very deliberate in your choices. Gold metals (both matte and antiqued) continue to rise in popularity. I used to tell my mom when I was little, that I’d never wear gold, but here I am starting to work bits and pieces into my designs. I try to avoid being trendy at all costs, but I have to admit, I’m drawn to the warmth provided by gold, especially in filigree and chain. Pantone has named *turquoise* the color of the year for 2010. They state that turquoise “evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of well being.” Wow! Turquoise can do all that? It sounds ideal, because we want our designs to carry people away and make them feel great. I’m glad I found that stash of huge Chinese turquoise nuggets under my beading table the other day :)

Pantone also selected green yellow, tomato red (one of my favs), champagne, dove gray, Mediterranean blue, and violet. This is starting to get exciting! What a great bunch of colors.

I’ll most likely keep these color suggestions in mind as I create my spring pieces. Good luck to everyone finding your style and theme for spring and summer! I think we’re going to see a lot of interesting things as people continue to mix their components, metals, and methods.

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    What fabulous colors, Ali! Thanks for sharing this info with us! :D I wear Turquoise year-round, so I’m thrilled that it is the “It” color this season!!! 8)

    I do feel, though, that they are putting an awful lot of pressure on Turquoise……so much to live up to! Yet, if any stone can do it, I’m sure Turquoise can!!! ROTFLOL

  2. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    What fresh wonderful colors, I can feel it coming so, and then we become busy little beavers. And it’s kinda of funny last week I sold a Turquoise pendant and all of the sudden I had orders for 3 more…

  3. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    What a pretty necklace, Ali, is it one of your pieces? Love the soft coral color of it. Also, just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for including the Viva Mexicana line into your TierraCast offerings – I had a feeling I would see them here sooner or later! ;)

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    I really like turquoise but am not a avid southwest style lover. I am glad recently I have seen a few pieces created with a different feel to them with mixed metals. I love mixed metals. My husband made the comment to me when we first dated, that everything I owned and wore matched down to my underwear. After years of retail you tend to pick up on clothing and accessories that will all blend even though you have many color schemes. I am anxiously wanting to create some things bolder for me. I tend to be conservative so we’ll see.

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    D D Mystic Chick says:

    Ali, thanks for posting your research in the spring trends 2010… nice colors and luv the names! I had heard that turquoise was the “it” color but didn’t know it could do all that :) …Think I’ll go break out my turquoise and escape to the tropics ;)

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    jaclynwcharternet says:

    I love to try the most outlandish things with trends. I, too, am not too enamored with southwest design, but I do love turquoise. Fusion coral is great. I read somewhere that turquoise and coral are the two biggest trends in color. Thanks.

  7. Steph
    Steph says:

    I’m trying to branch out more with combining different colors and I love looking at all the fresh picks created. I’m sure I have a good majority of the beads in my pile it’s just getting them together. My mind tends to change faster than I can make them. I can deff. relate to turquoise causing tranquility. I love looking at the beachy picks, I am most happiest when I can be at the beach.

  8. Alice P
    Alice P says:

    Thanks for sharing the new color trends! I like them all except the pink champagne since I’m not into the pastels so much. Like many others I’m not into the southwest designs but do love turquoise.

    Looks like I need to buy more beads!
    Alice

  9. Bonnie R
    Bonnie R says:

    I’m glad that both the Turquoise and the Teal is in the list. Blue based colors are best on me. But I was hoping that Periwinkle Blue would come back around. Dried herb looks like a dark sage color. The Green Zebra would match very well. But if you don’t like the pale pink, use it sparingly with the Turquoise and Red, it will give the eye some where to pause.

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    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    Hmmm! Interesting! I’ve never been one to follow trends and am glad there really isn’t a major one to create for this year. Just means we can create to our hearts content and make our own trends!! :-D

    So happy to know turquoise is the “go to” stone of the year. It has always been my favorite stone. Seems like I may be a minority, I am a huge fan of Southwest and Native American jewelry! It is so near and dear to my heart, a symbol of my heritage and my first love in jewelry.

    And I love all the tones and shades of Pantone colors! Not sure I’ll follow them as a “trend” but simply because I like them! :-)

    Thanks Ali for all the interesting tid-bits to ponder and the great article!

  11. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    What a great article about color trends! Thanks for putting it together, and for everyone’s great comments above.

    I have a beautiful NEW “put in the front” huge round sterling horse clasp from Clasp-on, Clasp-off that I’ve been wondering what to do with. Guess what, TURQUOISE! Thank you! SLS

  12. Sali Jo GemsChica Chick
    Sali Jo GemsChica Chick says:

    Love the name of the blue ..”Amparo blue”…my Spanish friend’s name..it means helper…aide to the unfortunate..Just thought I’d throw that in…..

  13. Aqua Chickie Cat
    Aqua Chickie Cat says:

    Thanks for sharing that translation

  14. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    Great info, Ali! Was just wondering the other day what was ‘in’ for Spring! So glad to see some of my own fav colors in vogue – it’s really hard to design when colors that you don’t like are popular! Thanks again for the research!!

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    Joan d says:

    lookin forward to learning more about limabeads, and design. Im new at this, and need insperation,and ideas!!I”M excited!!

  16. Celticcrossing
    Celticcrossing says:

    Here I was asking in my discussion section on my facebook fan page what colors people would find “hot” this year, and you have it all laid out for me!…sigh… I so have some catching up to do! lol
    Great article. Thanks.

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