Spring/Summer Swarovski Color, Jewelry Trends & Style Inspiration ~ Focusing on the CLASSIC Trend: AIR

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Swarovski New Spring/Summer 2017 Trends and Innovations:

THE BALANCE OF NATURE

Over the past 15 years technology and science have become a huge influence in our lives, from the way we meet, interact, live and even age. The constant influx of new technology has steadily become overwhelming, which has created a strong desire to step back and pause for thought.

In our technology-driven world, people are beginning to seek meaningfulness, fulfillment, and satisfaction in their daily lives. Wellbeing has become a global mantra.

Mindfulness, quietness and wellness is becoming increasingly important and will become even more prevalent as we move into the future.

All of this has an impact on us personally, culturally and globally on many levels including our desires within the fashion and design world as a whole.

During this process, we examine how we can reconnect with our inner selves by focusing on the eternal elements: Air, Earth, Water, and Fire – the basis of everything we need to exist.

Today I am focusing on color, style and  jewelry trends within the

CLASSIC Trend: AIR

(all photos are courtesy of Swarovski)

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A calm, luminescent palette of sophisticated neutrals, ranging from white to nude, pearl to soft grey, creates an element of solitude and an oasis of peace with the addition of barely-there lilac.

Swarovski Colors highlighted within this picture include:

Violet, Greige, Silk, Light Grey Opal, White Opal and Crystal.

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Spring and Summer Jewelry Design Inspiration

Silver metal and ultra-light elements alternate with crystal embellished details to create a calm, light look.

Large, single stone crystal jewelry, which is being referred to as a centering stone, combined with small stones, will become more popular. This style evokes a feeling of balance and purity.

Full body jewelry is on the rise as well as large crystals seeming to be suspended effortlessly in gravity-defying structures. Repeating double-sided elements express a meditative character, reflecting continuity and contemplation.

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Spring and Summer Fashion Inspiration:

A Return to Mother Nature is the overall theme, including lots of layering, organic textures and tone-on-tone color combinations.

In the quest for a greater emotional connection, touch and texture add a sensory experience to materials. Swarovski Crystal components in geometric patterns are integrated into sharp tailored designs to create a sense of stillness.

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“There is a desire to redesign the basics by giving them an emotional dimention, with an extra dose of soul to make them unique.” (Peclers, SS17).

Streamlined layering, with varying thicknesses of materials overlapping to form a single garment will be a trend. “Experiments with materials in monochrome and geometric shapes add texture and replace prints.” (Peclers, SS17).

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Highlighting a new aesthetic that is both minimal yet poetic, highlights this AIR trend beautifully.

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The New Swarovski Crystal Pearlescent White Pearl evokes a sense of purity and calmness while adding a contemporary twist of a delicate sparkle that the regular White Pearl does not have.

With its white, irridescent, frosted mother-of-pearl look, it brings a modern update to a genuine classic. It demonstrates both a matte and a shinny look at the same time, that complements the ever popular Crystal AB perfectly.

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Swarovski 6533 Raindrop Pendants New Spring/Summer Innovations

The new Swarovski Crystal Raindrop Pendant is one of the most elegant and gorgeous styles they have produced! Its graceful and stylish shape is absolute perfection and will be a beautiful addition to all kinds of jewelry, especially wedding jewelry. It is ideal for earrings or a pendant for the bride, bridesmaids, mother of the bride and/or a guests. This style also has an every-day type of feel that would make a flawless addition to the very popular trend of stacking or layering necklaces.

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The Swarovski Crystal Dragonfly Pendant in Crystal Silver Shade or Crystal Golden Shadow is a whimsical style that wonderfully captures the essence of this AIR trend.

Dragonflies symbolize change in respect to self realization, a greater understanding of the universe and the deeper meaning of life. Dragonflies are associated with prosperity, harmony and growth, as well as being a sign of happiness, speed and purity.

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Spring and Summer Color Trends For This AIR Trend

Swarovski Violet Cube Beads

Light reddish purples such as Violet blends very well with Light Amethyst as well as the slightly deeper purple hues of Crystal Lilac Shadow and Amethyst. Beautiful Swarovski Pearls that complement this purple tone include Lavender and Mauve.

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Greige is a beautiful neutral tone that is a greyish tone blended with a light taupe, Golden Shadow type of color which makes it a nice neutral between the two color tones. The Swarovski Platinum Pearl complements the Greige nicely.

 Swarovski Crystal Silk Beads

Silk is a soft and airy color with hints of Light Peach that makes for a wonderful touch of sparkle in any design. It blends flawlessly with Light SilkCrystal Golden Shadow, and Light Colorado Topaz. Complementary Pearl colors within this color range include Peach, Powdered Almond, and Bronze.

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Swarovski Crystal White Opal is a milky, whitish, crystal color that is oh so dreamy! A real beauty for wedding jewelry and light, airy designs that pairs well with clear Crystal and Crystal AB.

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Swarovski Clear Crystal looks similar to a diamond and is one of the all time most popular choices for creating elegant jewelry designs. The versatility of clear Crystal is endless, it will pair exceptionally well with any color or effect and is especially perfect for wedding jewelry. Beautifully complementing Pearl colors include White, Pearlescent White, Ivory (which is a gem tone color and does not have the pearlescent coating) Cream, Light Creamrose and Creamrose.

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I hope this AIR trend sparks new inspiration for you to create  whimsical, delicate and /or romantic jewelry designs.

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Guess Who’s Going To The Bead & Button Show This Year…A Special Sneak Peek Of The Sparkling Display!

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I have some FUN news to share with everyone! I will be selling all your favorite Swarovski Crystals at the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee  this year!! Yay!

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Free admission to the show this year starting Friday June 5th  through Sunday the 7th! Print out your free voucher now! I will be at booth #432 Please come by and say Hi, I can’t wait to see everyone!

I have been a very busy little bee lately preparing for this endeavor. It is my very first trade show and I am super excited!

I am a crafty lady and love DIY projects, so I am making as much of the display as I can myself. Here is a sneak peek of my painting and crystallizing projects for my dazzling booth!

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My color palette is a variety of lavender/purple hues, silver and cream. Here is a picture frame that I found at the goodwill and painted it with darker and lighter lavender tones and added Swarovski 2088-16ss and 20ss AmethystLight Amethyst and Crystal Flatbacks to the frame. I love how it turned out (the picture doesn’t do it justice). It has an elegant, fun and whimsical feel that I just love!

DIY Lavendar frame and crystal embellished box from Rainbows of Light

I found this frame and little jewelry box at Michael’s. They were both a light unfinished wood color, which I painted and embellished with Swarovski Flatbacks using E6000 to add a touch of feminine sparkle.

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Here are what the frames used to look like. I scored at the goodwill finding frames from $0.99 to $4.99. All it takes is a little time and energy to paint and crystallize them, but well worth the effort. If I were to buy frames that were already beautified, it would have cost around $30-$50 each. That’s way I love DIY projects so much! It’s fun to be hands-on and creative while saving big bucks, plus you feel so much more accomplished – it’s a win-win!

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More great frame finds at the goodwill…let the transformation begin!

DIY painting frames and gluing Swarovski Crystals Flatbacks from Rainbows of Light

Crystallizing in the works…It’s such a joy to see my dream coming true!

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I had to sneak in a little picture of Kashi, the best & sweetest little helper around…she’s already tuckered out with how much work we’ve been doing 😉

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I’m really enjoying this process. It’s extremely rewarding and I’m looking forward to bringing all of these beautiful elements together. I will keep you updated as to how the display is coming together…but even better I would LOVE to meet you in person at the show!

Definitely this is what I am looking forward to the most, is meeting all of our wonderful customers in person! Please, please, please, stop by and say Hi, I will be at booth #432…look for all the sparkles at Rainbows of Light!!

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Looking forward to seeing you soon and until then…sparkle on!

Explore Color and Jewelry Fashion within the PROGRESSIVE Trend ~ THE NATURE OF STRENGTH

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PROGRESSIVE (THE NATURE OF STRENGTH)

In uncertain times, a sense of team spirit and the need to pull together is especially important. Little encapsulates this imperative more effectively than sport, so it is unsurprising that sportswear in creative combinations of synthetic materials and crystals should continue its ascent unabated as a symbol of social cohesion.

Swarovski Progressive Trend inspirations Spring Summer 2015 and 2016

4127 Oval Fancy Stone in Crystal Powder Green, 4230 Lemon Fancy Stone in Amethyst, Swarovski BeCharmed Pearl Beads in Tahitian, 5747 Double Spike Bead in Light Turquoise, 5515 Emerald Cut Beads in Crystal Paradise Shine, 5810 Crystal Pastel Blue Pearl.

The new rectangular Emerald Cut Bead imparts an air of modern confidence to sports-luxe looks, whether used as a standalone centerpiece or in rows for extra opulence. Included in the Progressive palette is the new powdery Crystal Pastel Pearls effect, available in five subtle contemporary tones.

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The sport trend becomes an increasingly strong trend with a focus on and a movement towards a “sports-luxe” direction.

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Shapes across all design segments are pared back to basic principles to allow ease and comfort—minimalist, ergonomic and smooth crystal shapes are perfect adornments for an active lifestyle.

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Sports-influenced designs offer the perfect balance between function and comfort; ease and style. At the same time they also manage to convey a sense of pride in the future, where we will endeavor to create a sense of new-found re-connection on a global scale.

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Jewelry shapes and materials are referenced but with an edgy, contemporary twist. Minimalist, geometric and smooth shapes serve as easy-to-wear, everyday adornments. Dynamic, multifunctional jewelry pieces suit an active lifestyle. Pearls are received with a contemporary approach and matt surfaces are juxtaposed with translucent and opaque crystals.

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Basic elements with various application possibilities encourage experimentation, pushing the boundary between functionality and luxury.

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Multifunctional components, such as the new 3009 Rivoli Square Crystal Button and the Crystal Pave Ring, offer practicality and vivacity captured in a sophisticated form.

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(photo compliments of Luxury Launches)

Swarovski Crystal Fine Rocks (contact me for ordering details) explodes with precision and delicate sparkle, offering a balanced adornment for everyday wear and use from adorning jewelry to electronics, everything you use can have a touch of elegant sparkle.

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Crystal is integrated into design in minute repetitive detailing, bringing a subdued simplicity to sports-inspired pieces. Design elements containing fringing and swaying crystals are introduced to add a luxurious feel to fabulous basics.

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Color and Effect combinations include Crystal Iridescent GreenCrystal Paradise Shine, LavenderLight Amethyst, Amethyst, Amethyst SatinCrystal Lilac Shadow, and Crystal Iridescent Purple Pearl.

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“Equally essential is the introduction of light effects and bio-luminescent technology to design. Pattern, color and texture are showcased in new ways the watery, submerged and weightless aspects focused upon” (WGSN Macro Trends SS16).

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Gorgeous blue to green hues elegantly combine to generate a sea of desirable designs and colorful effects.

Swarovski Tahitian Pearls mix well with Crystal Iridescent Purple Pearl, Crystal Paradise Shine, along with Crystal AB and Clear Crystal.

Indian Sapphire, Air Blue Opal, Crystal Powder Blue, Crystal Blue Shade and White Opal are soft expressions of blending blues.

White Pearls with Clear Crystals and Crystal AB’s are a classic union of grace and style.

Crystal Golden Shadow, Crystal Luminous Green and Crystal Paradise Shine  sparkle with subtle neutral, green and purple hues.

Pacific Opal, Light Turquoise and Aquamarine flow into the subtle green hues of Erinite and Indicolite exceptionally well.

Erinite is a beautiful transition into the softer Green Pastel Pearls, Chrysolite Opal and Pacific Opal.

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Understated decorative elements are used to elevate fabrics to a new level in stripped-down sportswear-inspired silhouettes. The key is to combine both the practical and the stylish.

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Direct references to life on the move are incorporated into stunningly simple geometric transfer designs, cleverly combined with textural contracts for the new “go-anywhere” fashion.

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I  ♥ the beautiful blue to purple color progression in this theme as well as the “sport-luxe” fashionable trend.

What do you ♥ about the Progressive Trend?

Swarovski Color and Trend Inspirations Spring/Summer 2015 – Progressive Theme Color Inspirations

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This beautiful display of colorful crystals begins on the left with the vibrantly stunning Crystal Astral Pink, which is a gorgeous blend of hot pink and orange hues coated with an iridescent rainbow effect. This unique finish has been extremely popular and will continue to be so as we move into the warmer months of summer and will be a nice transitional color moving into the fall with hints of Crystal Chili PeperCrystal Copper and Crystal Brandy undertones. It’s a fabulous color to pair with the new Tangerine color as well as Topaz, Topaz AB , Topaz AB-2X, Fire Opal, and Fire Opal AB. For a softer look pair with Light Peach or for a little more sparkle Light Peach AB. Furthermore, it serves as a beautiful blend into the bright pink hues of Fuchsia and deeper to lighter purple tones such as Amethyst, LilacLight Amethyst, and Violet.

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Swarovski Transfer Flag Color Inspiration from the Progressive Theme

The Crystal Lilac Shadow is a gorgeous coating expressing  a unique purple and crystal effect, which you can see above blends nicely with the purple hues as well as a transitional color into the blue family tones. Lavender is a soft blue hue that works perfectly as a transition color into Light Sapphire and then into the rich Sapphire blue. For a more subtly blue family start with the very light coating of of Crystal Blue Shade, which transitions nicely into Denim Blue, Crystal Montana Blend, Montana and Montana Satin.

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Fern Green, Dark Moss Green, Emerald and Emerald Champagne are rich and vibrant green tones, that blend beautifully with the lighter Peridot and Chrysolite greens.

Jet black is a classic color that goes with almost everything and Swarovski has created many beautiful coatings and transitional colors that successfully blend into clear Crystal and Silver. Jet Hematite is an elegant coating applied to Jet that gives it a silver sparkle to half of the bead and Jet Hematite 2X is a fully coated version of this. This then can unify all of the grey to silver tones such as Crystal Silver Night, Crystal Satin, Black Diamond, Crystal Silver Shade, Crystal Moonlight, Clear Crystal and then Crystal CAL (which stands for Comet Argent Light) for a half silver and half crystal look, moving finally into Crystal CAL 2X, for a fully coated silver appearance.

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A blend of African and Asian culture is expressed through patterning and bold colors to create a stunning yet simple effect.

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Swarovski Color and Trend Inspirations Spring/Summer 2015 – Classic Theme

Swarovski_Jewelry_Trend_Inspirations_Spring_and_Summer_2015Welcome to the Spring/Summer 2015 Color and Trend Inspirations – ‘Traces of Time’

This season, Swarovski’s trend analysts have identified a radical change of mindset in relation to lifestyle choices. Referred to as ‘Traces of Time’, it relates to today’s changing perceptions of age, where the phenomenon of aging societies is having a huge impact on a global scale, leading to important changes in healthcare, retirement systems, and family structures.

Indeed, the generations are converging: the older groups are staying youthful and more carefree, while the young become less rebellious and more career-oriented. This new way of experiencing the impact of age on choices, lifestyles, and aesthetics is reflected in Swarovski’s new season’s crystal assortments. There are four key inspirational themes and corresponding innovation highlights for Spring/Summer 2015: Faded Memories (Classic), Sunset Rituals (Romantic), Vivid Moments (Progressive), and Forgotten Dreams (Glamour).

The trend and color inspirations below focus on the Classic – Faded Memories theme.

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With the ongoing recession, the relentless drive of technology, and the overcrowding of our physical and mental space, we hold on to memories of better, more carefree times.

“Technology has complicated our lives. We hunger after the simplicity of the past, or the effortless days of our childhood. We need to adopt the simple notions of playfulness and individual expression if we are to avoid becoming bland and homogenized nations.”

This need to get away from it all is one of the reasons the trends for nostalgia and retro are still continuing so strongly.

Faded and washed with a Polaroid nostalgia, the theme updates almost kitsch references, making them more adult yet still playful and fun.

Inspired by architecture and structure, a new geometric language focuses on faceting and the magic of the cut. There is also a strong graphic direction toward vintage, weathered American billboards and road signs, reminding us of summers past.

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There is an increasing focus on tactility and texture in all design. Monochromatic opaque finishes incorporate in traditional shapes for jewelry. In fashion, crystals are used with graphic simplicity to create large bandings of patterns in different linear formats. The interplay of light through color achieves importance in all design segments.

Crystal is incorporated to bring a lighter, playful attitude to geometric designs.

Angular shapes are softened and modernized with different material combinations and graphic interplay.

Electronics imitate everyday objects where colors and shapes reflect optimism and humor.

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PRODUCT INSPIRATION

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Subtle, almost washed-out colors such as Vintage Rose, Violet Champagne, Silk, Crystal Antique Pink, Light Amethyst SatinLavender, Denim BlueCrystal Blue Shade, and Light Azore Satin to name a few in any of the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS help evoke summer nostalgia.

Tone-on-tone Flat Backs and Crystal Pave Balls in various shapes create stunning tactile textures.

Swarovski Opal hues such as Air Blue Opal, Caribbean Blue Opal, Chrysolite Opal, Pacific Opal, Rose Water Opal, Sand Opal, Violet Opal, Cyclamen Opal, and White Opal add an air of sophistication. Swarovski Buttons, Sew-on Stones, and simple motifs create a playful and unexpected design element and can be beautifully incorporated into jewelry designs as well as their traditional sew-on uses.

Fine sparkling crystals complement and balance precise linear design. The matt iridescence of Crystal Pearls, coupled with the radiant shine of sparkling crystal, creates a strongly modern effect.

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Opaque crystals such as the opal colors (mentioned above) as well as the Dark Red Coral, Mint Alabaster, Rose Alabaster, Turquoise and White Alabaster are mixed together with brighter crystals to create a unique look.

Traditional shapes are modernized with the use of slightly tinted neutrals combined with unconventional metal finishes.

Conventional shapes are redesigned to create a playful and effortless feel.

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SWAROVSKI COLOR COMBINATION INSPIRATION

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Inspiring crystal and color combinations from the Classic theme range from the romantic sparkle the clear Crystal embodies in company with similar hues expressed in the delicate hints of light bluish sparkle found in the Crystal Moonlight and moving into more of an intense interplay with light and colors of pinks, blues and yellows transmitted through Crystal AB. The Crystal Silver Shade is a soft and elegant grayish sparkly effect that blends nicely with the lighter crystal hues as well as the darker grey or black tones. The graceful neutral/taupe tones of Crystal Golden Shadow, is a gorgeous effect that can bring together warmer colors in the intermediate or brown tones. The Crystal Brandy is a rich gold and apricot sparkle effect that can be used as a nice transition into either a soft Jonquil yellow or the vibrant orange colors such as Fire Opal and Tangerine.

The White Opal is a beautiful milky white hue that serves as a wonderful transition into more expressions of color, such as this featured green, blue and purple color palate. The Palace Green Opal, Chrysolite Opal, and Pacific Opal, blend nicely into the new Crystal Iridescent Green, Light Azore, Air Blue Opal, Denim Blue, Crystal Blue Shade, Light Blue Crystal Pearl, Aquamarine, Indicolite, Blue Zircon and Light Turquoise. The Crystal Antique Pink is a soft and feminine effect that can be incorporated into other pinkish hues such as Light Rose, Rose, Rose Water Opal, Powdered Rose Pearl, Mauve Pearl, Light Amethyst and Crystal Lilac Shadow.

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SEGEMENT INSPIRATION

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In consumption, meaning is everything: people exhibit a yearning for nostalgic products that evoke happy memories.

Traditional shaped jewelry is modernized, with outlines of standard necklaces reinterpreted. A playful, fun, and effortless look is prominent. Simple nostalgic shapes are adorned with crystal to take them one step further. “As people will have fewer possessions …”  (20/20 Consumer Insights) the ones we own will need to exhibit the perfect combination of design and functionality.

Crystals create surprising surface textures that add fun and excitement to all designs.

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Have fun creating innovative designs with new color combinations

inspired by the Faded Memories theme!

Celebrate the Holidays with Sparkle and Style!

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It’s official…the anticipation of the upcoming Holiday Season has just hit me!

I’m not sure if it was because I recently read about Oprah Winfrey sharing her “Most Favorite Things!” 2013 list, or if it was making plans for Thanksgiving and a Friends-giving that has got me so excited, but I’ve just been inspired for this year’s festivities!

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There are so many wonderful traditions that we all do to create magical and memorable experiences for the holidays. The moments that bring me the most joy are decorating the house, cooking yummy meals and treats to share, creating fabulous sparkling gifts for friends and family (plus fun sparkles for myself!) and making special memories with the ones I love.

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I’m sure everyone enjoys all of these things and I know the most rewarding experiences are the times when you pour your heart into everything you do, whether it’s creating, cooking, beading, giving, or spending quality time with quality people.

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There were three items on Oprah Winfrey’s “Most Favorite Things” 2013 list that caught my eye, and I thought to my self, I like that but what if I could add my own little special touch to it? They would be perfect little handmade gifts, with an added sparkly bonus, plus I could make one for my self (just for good measure).

These “Candy Crush” earrings resemble the Swarovski 6100 Taerdrop Pendants that can be made into stunning earrings for a fraction of the price.

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Featuring Swarovski 6100 24mm or 34mm Teardrop Pendants created into earrings in Crystal Vitrail Light, Clear Crystal, Fire Opal, Ocean Blue, Terrenum, Crystal Bermuda Blue, Crystal Vitrail Medium and Crystal AB

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A similar design idea features the Swarovski style 4327 Pearshape Fancy Stones made into gorgeous earrings. You could also create a classic design using Swarovski 6106 Pearshape Pendants.

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Another sparkling item that made Oprah Winfrey’s “Most Favorite Things” 2013 list were  these fun and glitzy headbands.

I love the idea, but they are a little pricey and you could make a few of your own custom headbands for as much as it would cost to buy just one of these. They make perfect little gifts or sparkling stocking stuffers too! Your design options are endless with Swarovski Beads, Pearls, Flatbacks, Sew-On-Stones or Buttons. Embellishing a one-of-a-kind accessory has never been easier or more fun! Here are lots of inspiring ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

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Oprah’s Favorite Things 2013 List Featuring Purse Mirrors

One more item making the list that piqued my interest were these delightful personalized purse mirrors. They are colorful, handy and stylish, but could stand to have a little more sparkle on them, don’t you agree? Thankfully that’s a simple fix! All you need are Swarovski Flatbacks and a little E6000 Glue…and vuala! You have created a stunning, personalized compact that is functional and most of all stunning!

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Add just a touch of sparkle…

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or go ahead and embellish the whole surface…either way you will have the prettiest of them all!

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I hope these sparkling ideas were a source of creative inspiration for you. Sparkles and Smiles!

Fashion Trends and Color Inspirations for the New SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Fall and Winter 2014/15 Innovations! Featuring Progressive Nature’s Lab

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The design world has its focus firmly on the future with the rapid ascension of 3D printing. “Indeed, the future will see us able to buy an item online and print it out at home. With digital files so easily manipulated, it will also enable companies to more quickly adapt their products as to what works, or let the user themselves experiment with the design to enable true personalization.” (Peter Weijmarshausen, CEO and cofounder of 3D printing marketplace and community Shapeways.) With the escalation of 3D printing capabilities, the architectural and sculptural will offer a different sense of luxury. In parallel with this, the designs of the future remain firmly committed to green issues. These concerns, coupled with the advance in technology, have created an entirely new design ethic, with structures mimicking nature enjoying a new-found success as wearable pieces of art. In what has been termed “Next Nature,” technology and nature will now coexist, with nature providing endless inspiration for technology. The meeting of these polar opposites – nature and science – is transforming not only urban spaces but also our wardrobes.

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Repetition of organic patterns look as complex and detailedas nature’s element.

“Fabrics normally reserved for the evening are worn in the day.”

Technology and nature merge with a focus on the biological in-futuristic materials.

Advanced technical possibilities and the rise of 3D printing create personalized jewelry and fashion forms.

Functionality and easy usage are crucial for New Segments.

PRODUCT INSPIRATION MADE WITH  SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS

Progressive Product Inspiration Swarovski Fashion and Color Trends

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Small to medium graphic shapes merge with natural organics for a new look.

Crystals in gray and metallic tones add subtle shine to industrial designs.

Nature-inspired organic cuts mimic unique, biological structures and forms.

The repetitive outline of Cupchains is reminiscent of skeletons and spines.

Ceramics with their natural soft luster contrast perfectly with transparent crystal colors to create an unexpected, fashion-forward look.

Crystaltex, with its shimmering radiance, highlights the perfect blend of nature and technology.

The deep, vital radiance of Dark Moss Green perfectly emulates the lush green of nature.

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JEWELRY INSPIRATION MADE WITH  SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS

Progressive Jewelry Inpirations Swarovski Fashion and Color Trends

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SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL LEAVES EARRINGS

Swarovski Crystal Leaves Earrings jewelry design inspiration

CREATE YOUR STYLE with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Design Inspiration Featuring 6320 Rhombus Pendants

SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL QUEEN’S RING DESIGN & INSTRUCTIONS

Swarovski Crystal Queens Ring

Featuring the Swarovski 4627 Emerald Cut Fancy Stone encased with a beaded element of 5328 Xilion Bicone Beads in Crystal CAL 2X.

SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL GEOMETRIC RING

Swarovski Crystal Ring

Featuring Swarovski 5601 Cube Bead, Round Stones and Fancy Stones

Inspiration is taken from technology and nature to create colors, cuts, and shapes that merge nature with technical materials and production techniques.

SWAROVSKI COLOR COMBINATION INSPIRATIONS

Progressive Color Combination Inspirations Swarovski Fashion and Color Trends

Featuring the following Swarovski colors; Clear Crystal, Crystal Luminous Green, Crystal Golden Shadow, Lime, Chrysolite, Peridot, Fern Green, Dark Moss Green, Olivine, Emerald, Crystal Sarah, Crystal Silver Shade, Crystal Satin, Crystal Silver Night and Jet Hematite.

SWAROVSKI SEGMENT INSPIRATION

Progressive Segmant Inspiration Swarovski Fashion and Color Trends

Accessories become structured, mimicking the form of precision-cut crystal.

Broken geometry and detailed patterning in crystal influences designs.

Repetitions inspired by skeletons, biology, plants, and mechanical parts create futuristic looks.

“Tactile materials merge the high-tech with the natural.”

Organically inspired and offset crystal geometrics create a new breed of fashion and accessories.

Technological influences and natural structures come together, all adorned with radiant crystal.

Clear lines, simple shapes, and minimized complexity show up in New Segments.

TRANSFERS FLAG MADE WITH  SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS

Progressive Transfer Flag Swarovski Fashion and Color Trends

Geometric structures with deliberate attention to detail and clean lines offer a subtle yet strong design element.

Deep undercurrents of saturated green tones such as the traditional Emerald green color, blending into greens with yellowish hues infused such as Dark Moss Green, Olivine, Light Olivine.

Incorporating a soft yellow such as Crystal Champagne and then transitioning with a neutral tone such as Crystal Golden Shadow with balances nicely with the silver tones such as Crystal Silver ShadeBlack Diamond, Crystal Satin and Crystal Silver Night.

COMPONENTS FLAG MADE WITH  SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS

Progressive Components Flag Swarovski Fashion and Color Trends

Featuring unique styles inspired by the organic and geometric shapes found in nature such as the Swarovski 4230 lemon Fancy Stones with Settings, the octagon shape 2611 Solaris Flatback and the 6026 Cabochette Pendant that resembles a water droplet with it’s faceted top and completely smooth rounded base.

Placing the two-holed 5533 Column Bead vertically resembles sticks of bamboo or tree trunks that lend a trend towards nature and it’s complexities. Complimenting Swarovski Crystal Pearl Colors include Antique Brass, Dark Green, Light Green and Powdered Green for a matte look.

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“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”
— Aristotle