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

New Swarovski Crystal Spring Summer 2017 Innovations sneak peek

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)

New Swarovski Crystal Spring Summer Innovations and Trends Classic Air Color Inspirations

Segment: Jewelry

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.

Swarovski jewelry and color trends Spring Summer 2017 Innovations

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.

New Swarovski Crystal Spring Summer Innovations and Trends Classic Air Color Inspirations flag 3

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.

New Swarovski Crystal Spring Summer Innovations and Trends Classic Air Color Inspirations flag

“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).

New Swarovski Crystal Spring Summer Innovations and Trends Air

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

New Swarovski Pearl 5810 Crystal Pearlescent White Pearl Spring Summer 2017 Innovations

Swarovski 5810 Round Pearlescent White Pearl

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.

Swarovski_6533_Crystal_AB_Rhodium_Raindrop_Pendants  Swarovski_6533-Tanzanite_Rhodium-Raindrop_Pendants

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.

Swarovski_Crystal_6905_Dragonfly_Pendant_Crystal_Silver_Shade_Wholesale_Prices Swarovski_Crystal_6905_Dragonfly_Pendant_Crystal_Golden_Shadow

Swarovski Crystal 6905 Dragonfly Pendant

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.

 New Swarovski Crystal Spring Summer Innovations and Trends Classic Air Color Inspirations Great wedding colors

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.

Swarovski_Crystal_5000_Round Beads_Greige

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.

Swarovski Crystal White Opal Beads

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.

Swarovski Crystal Pearshap pendant

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.

Swarovski_Crystal-Heart_Bead_5741-Light_Silk

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

Swarovski_Authorized_Reseller

 Harmony and Kashi

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

Sneak Peak to trade show display from Rainbows of Light

(Picture of the Day from The Telegraph)

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!

Bead and Button Show 2015

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!

Lavendar frames and crystals for tradeshow

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.

DIY painting frames for tradeshow from Rainbows of Light

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!

DIY painting frames and adding Swarovski Crystals

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!

Tiered Kashi helping paws

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 😉

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

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!!

Swarovski_5741-Hear Bead Crystal_Antique_Pink

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

Cool Crystal Cubes

Swarovski_5601_Cube_Bead_Necklaces

Swarovski Crystal Cool Cube Necklaces

I just finished putting a Swarovski crystal order together that had a huge variety of colors and sizes in the 5601 Cube Beads, which got me thinking…cubes are pretty cool!

I love these crystal necklaces with neatly stacked 5601-4mm cubes. They are dainty and very sweet little geometric blocks of 5 dazzling Crystal Cube Beads hanging gracefully from a delicate gold chain ~

just lovely!

Swarovski Cube Earrings

Swarovski Cube Earrings

These elegant Swarovski Cube earrings feature a graduated look using the 5601-8mm in Crystal Golden Shadow and 5601-6mm medium grey toned color. They are beautifully adorned with crystal Squardelles in a gold setting.

Swarovski_Cube_Bracelet_Wire_Wrapped

Swarovski Crystal Wire Wrap Cube Bracelet 

This beautiful Swarovski Crystal Cube bracelet features a unique wire wrap pattern encompassing the 5601-6mm Cubes in every color of the rainbow.

Swarovski Off Set Cubes Puprple Earrings

Swarovski Off Set Cube Earrings

These gorgeous Swarovski earrings highlights the 5600-6mm and 8mm Off-Set Cubes.

Jazz up your designs by adding a unique twist to your style using these cool cubes!

Swarovski Amethyst Heart

Featured Designer ~ Melissa at the Vintage Locket

The_Vintage_Locket_Home_Page

Melissa at the Vintagelocket.com combines her current boutique items with talented local artisans to offer a variety of hand crafted items to provide you with a one stop shopping experience.  The talented local artists constantly bring in delicious smelling natural made candles, beautiful pottery, fluffy pillows, sparkling jewelry, cozy scarves and gloves, vibrant art, whimsical cards, fun dog collars, plush leather pocketbooks and so much more. She will be gradually converting her website to include all of our new items in addition to her jewelry so please check back often.

The Vintage Locket Swarovski Crystal Bracelet

Featuring an Antique Silver Swarovski Crystal Bracelet

This Beautiful heirloom quality crystal bracelet with a vintage look highlights gorgeous genuine SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and is made with the 1028 Round Stones in Clear Crystal.  Incorporating antiqued old silver-plated finish, semi-precious stones that has been made in France.

The Vintage Locket Swarovski Crystal Earrings

Swarovski 12mm Solitaire Earrings in Crystal Golden Shadow

 These stunning champagne colored Swarovski Crystal solitaire earrings feature the color Crystal Golden Shadow and are set in Gold plated 14 K gold finish. These are absolutely gorgeous made with the 4470 Swarovski Cushion Cut Fancy Stone. Just above the solitaire is a tiny crystal that gives it that extra touch. These beauties are available in a variety of colors and also available in silver plate. Feel free to email Melissa with requests.

The Vintage Locket Swarovski Crystal AB Moon Pendant

Love You To The Moon & Back Pendant

This darling “I love you to the moon and back” pendant presents a Swarovski Crystal 6722 Moon Pendant in Crystal AB encompassed by a 1.5″ outer diameter stamped washer in sterling silver. The stars are additional options that can be added for $5/ea. Please specify initials upon checkout. If you do not advise Initials but choose to add, they will be left blank.

The Vintage Locket Swarovski Crystal Necklace

Swarovski Crystal Jet Oval Necklace

This simple yet elegant Swarovski Crystal Pendant features an Oval Fancy Stone in Jet and displays an above accent of Swarovski crystal in the complimenting color of Black Diamond which sets the pendant beautifully.  The Necklace chain is 18″ plus 2″ extender included.

The Vintage Locket Family Tree

 The family tree and tree of life pendants are hand forged and artisan crafted into precious metals and vintage spoons.  No patterns are used, so you will not find two the same. Many of these family trees have been brought to life using 2058 Swarovski Crystal Flatback Rhinestones in a variety of sparkling colors.   ​

Please visit the website for a gallery of items  that Melissa has created. If you see something you like, feel free to contact her for ordering information.  She is working the website currently and will have pricing and ordering options available soon.

4884 Amethyst

I am always looking for designers to feature in upcoming posts. If you would like to be a featured designer that uses SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, please follow my blog and contact me at Rainbowsoflight.com. Thank you!

A Special Swarovski Crystal Party with All My Fabulous Friends!

Swarovski Crystal Party

I hosted my first  Swarovski Crystal Party and it was absolutely fabulous!

I had about 10 of my super fantastic and fabulous friends over to my house for a day full of fun, laughter and of course SPARKLES! I told them to bring their favorite flip flops, tee shirts, shoes, phones or whatever else they wanted to take from drab to fab!

IMG_0310

Everyone was really sweet, gracious and thankful for the opportunity to take the time to be creative and find their own artistic expression.

It’s always enjoyable getting together with the ladies, but sometimes you may not know what to do. A crystal party is a brilliant way to bring everyone together and be inspired to create a dazzling and unique accessory that every time they look at or wear they will think of that fantastic day and fond memories.

Swarovski Crystal Party

Below are 5 helpful tips for hosting a sparkling Swarovski crystal party.

1. First off you need to bring your energy! Be excited that you’re bringing your friends together for an entertaining and creative day. Your attitude sets the tone and will be infectious, so be positive and grateful that people are taking time out of their busy schedules to come and share a fun-filled day with you and all of their friends.

Swarovski Crystal Party Blinged Flip flops

Featuring Swarovski Crystal Flatbacks style 2058-16ss Crystal AB and 2520 Cosmic Flatback Clear Crystal

2. set up all of the crafts, tools and sparkles before everyone arrives. I found it to be really helpful to have each individual craft station ready to go complete with E6000 glue, tweezers and of course the star of the show, all of the dazzling Swarovski Crystal Flatbacks in a range of colors and sizes each in their own individual trays. You will need to use the style number 2058 Swarovski Flatback Rhinestones for people gluing each stone on themselves and you will need to set up a little station for people using a Bejeweler  tool for the style number 2038 Swarovski Flatback Hot Fix Rhinestones. It’s advantageous to have a hard surfaced object that can be put inside the middle of the shirt so that the stones adhere to the front of the shirt and not both the front and back of the shirt together. I used a medium size piece of granite that I found at Home Depot that worked very well. You can also set up an Iron to apply a lot of Hot Fix crystals at once, simply lay a small thin piece of cloth or parchment paper over the crystals before applying the hot iron to the crystals. Work in small sections and be gentle when pressing down on the crystal so that they don’t move out of place. The smaller stones will be easier to apply and stay longer than the larger stones. For larger stones I recommend gluing them individually.

Swarovski Crystal Party

Featuring Swarovski Crystal Flatbacks style 2038-12ss Crystal AB Hot Fix

3. As a host, you should test any application process ahead of time so that you will know how to show your friends what to do. One little tip when working with the Swarovski Hot Fix stones which are applied to fabric; it’s good to use a one size smaller bejeweler tip than the actual Crystal stones themselves, this way you will not leave a little ring on the fabric.

Swarovski Crystal Party

Featuring Swarovski Crystal Flatbacks in the style 2058 Xilion Round Flatback,  style 2520 Cosmic Flatback and style 2300 Pearshape Flatback

4. Soak up the sunshine and have your crystal party outside if you can. Enjoy the fresh air and take advantage of it especially when working with the E6000 glue which recommends either using a mask, which is certainly not the most glamorous fashion statement and it limits your ability to converse with the ladies. Plus your tan will compliment all those rainbow sparkles. Try and offer some shade for those who would like to cool off.

Swarovski Crystal Party

Featuring Swarovski Crystal Flatbacks in style 2058- 20ss Crystal and Crystal AB and style 2520 Cosmic Flatback

5. Some of your friends may not want to Crystallize anything, but they still want to be a part of the festivities. No problem at all, of course all are welcome but here’s the funny part, I bet halfway through watching everyone having so much fun they will want to join right in. I only mention this because this happened with three of my girlfriends! Maybe you could have a little something special stored away for them that you can surprise them with. One of my friends ran home to grab a glass vase that she wanted to beautify, the other ladies blinged their bra straps and coin purses that they had with them.

The Swarovski sparkles were intoxicating and they just couldn’t resist!! I Love it!

Swarovski Crystal Party

Featuring Swarovski Crystal Flatbacks in style 2058-20ss Crystal AB

I hope this inspires you to throw your own Swarovski Crystal Party! It’s perfect idea for any occasion that you would like to celebrate, a wedding or bachelorette party, birthday party or simply a beautiful afternoon to get together with great friends and family. What a great friend you will be bringing smiles and sparkles to all of your favorite people!

Thanks for all the fun memories lovely ladies, you’re the best!

Featured Designer ~ Wendy from Szeto Crafts

Wendy Szeto Crystal Snow Samba Bikini Bottom DetailWendy from Szeto Crafts is an eclectic artist who offers an array of creative crafts such as paintings, prints and costumes in addition to being a personal trainer and yoga instructor. Her beaded costumes featuring thousands of sparkling SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS steals the show.

Wendy Szeto Crystal Snow Samba BikiniSwarovski Crystal Snow Samba Headdress

Her Crystal Snow Samba Bikini is the most detailed costume she has made. The dazzling costume includes a headdress, bra, thong, gloves, jewelry and arm wings. The costume is covered entirely with about 4,000 sewn-on Swarovski crystals. Sterling silver chain and Swarovski beads also accent the costume. This bikini looks most impressive shining in the sun.

Wendy Szeto Crystal Snow Samba Bikini TopSwarovski Crystal Snow Samba Bikini Bra
The dazzling Snow Samba Bikini Bra highlights thousands of Crystal AB 5328-4mm Xilion Bicone Beads and is accentuated with a whimsical chain dripping with crystals that will playfully dance with you as you samba.
Wendy Szeto Crystal Snow Samba Bikini Bottom
Swarovski Crystal Snow Samba Bikini Bottom
Each Swarovski Crystal was meticulously sewn by hand to create an exceptional piece of wearable art.
Wendy Szeto Crystal Snow Samba Bikini Boots Swarovski Crystal Snow Samba Boots
These amazing boots are adorned with hundreds of Swarovski Crystals topped off with a stylish feather element. If you are interested in having a costume made, contact Wendy at wendy@szetocrafts.com. She is not limited to Sambista Bikinis. Whatever your idea is, she is happy to discuss the possibilities and bring it to life for you.
4884-Swarovski Crystal AB
I am always looking for designers to feature in upcoming posts. If you would like to be a featured designer that uses SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, please follow my blog and contact me at Rainbowsoflight.com. Thank you!

Stylish Wedding Trends for 2013, Fashionable Color Palettes, Jewelry, and Accents

Wedding_Pink_Loves_Mint

“It’s mint to be!”

This gorgeous color palette of mint green, rose and gold  is one of the top wedding color trends for 2013. Similar Swarovski colors include Mint Alabaster or Mint Alabaster AB, Rose, or Light Rose and either Crystal Brandy or Crystal Golden Shadow. Floral or chevron patterns, along with lace and pearls are the ideal accents for a garden-style wedding. The fresh and cool tone of mint symbolizes renewal, growth and fertility – the perfect fit for a wedding!

Wedding mint gold and rose earrings

The stunning Swarovski Crystal earrings compliment this color palette flawlessly.  The timeless elegance of the 4320 Pearshape Fancy Stone in clear crystal is radiant and captivating. The charming 4228 Xilion Navette Fancy Stones in the color Pacific Opal are delightfully arranged to resemble a flower and the final crowning jewel is the 4300 Pearshape Fancy Stone in a soft Light Amethyst color creates an overall piece that is simply enchanting.

Wedding Mint gold jewelry

This beautiful Swarovski crytsal necklace boasts a a center piece of 4320 Pearshape Fancy Stone. The soft, ethereal hue of Chrysolite Opal is surrounded by delicate 1088 Turquoise Xilion Round Stones accentuated by a gold setting completes this glamorous look. This would be a wonderful and eye catching piece for the bridesmaids jewelry.

Wedding Mint and Gold 4

Applying rich and elegant gold toned accents such as these Swarovski 3265 Cosmic Sew On Stones in Crystal Golden Shadow to a wedding gown or accessories adds a dynamic element of sparkle and style.

Wedding Crystal Tree  Crystal Wedding Trees are brilliant and extremely popular. They are beautiful for adding a touch of sparkle to either a small seating table or can be as grand and spectacular as a large center piece.

Wedding_Wish_Tree

The Swarovski Prisms or lead free prisms in an octagon, pearshape or baroque style are perfect for creating  captivating and enchanting feel.

Wedding Crystal Masterpiece_Bouquet_Atelier2

Lavish wedding bouquets accentuated with crystals and pearls are a feminine and luxurious detail for either the bride or her lovely bridesmaids.

Wedding_Mint_and_Gold_Heart

Cheers to Love, Laughter, and Happily Ever After!