Fall and Winter 2014 Jewelry Trends ~ Focusing on THE DARKNESS OF DESIRE

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Glamour Trend ~ The Darkness of Desire

Discovering new inspiration in the fantastical and the mystical is the focal point for this glamorous Fall 2014 trend  entitled ‘The Darkness of Desire’.  This captivating trend focuses on intuition and mysticism – that richly imagined repository of our deepest emotions, a dark realm of superstition, spells, shadowy secrets and unspoken passions.

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This theme hinges on our ability to dream, to imagine, to look beyond the illusions of life. Dark passions and desires are as much a part of the everyday as our desires for happiness, peace and well-being.

The theme encompasses the importance of moving away from the robotic society that surrounds us, distancing ourselves from formulaic models, and delving into the creative ether surrounding the design world.

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Mystery, intuition and magic are all evoked in this theme.

Our fascination with light evolves into a fascination with darkness –

the depth of shadows and shadowy secrets.

“This is where old-fashion beauty and savoir-faire meet contemporary creativity”

(A+A Design FW 2015-16).

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Jewelry emulates mysterious, naturally grown forms with tiny intricacies and small oddities.

Crystals sit alongside antique beads, pearls, and patina surfaces to add a touch of glamorous sparkle and tangled metal forms. Decadence and embellishments return – taking us away from the minimalism of the past few seasons, heralding a strong return to opulent ornamentation.

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There is almost a regal opulence to designs, representing a somewhat faded nobility for the modern day. Eclectic shapes and precious materials appear to contain a secret story.

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Minimalism is abandoned entirely within this jewelry trend and blends both history and emotion. Tarnished finishes recall dark desires and focus on the past – a key trend driver for major design directions.

Pendants and beads combine to create an individualistic style statement. Nostalgia and a focus on heritage are conveyed within the beautiful finish of the stunning crystal patina.

Glamour Color Inspiration

Deep and mysterious colors and coatings such as Jet, Jet Hematite, Crystal Silver Night and Black Patina pair well with the deeper brown tones such as Jet Nut, Dorado 2X, Smoked Topaz and Crystal Bronze Shade. Lighter coatings such as Crystal Silver Shade and Crystal Golden Shadow  transition into light and dark purple tones. The Light Amethyst and Smokey Mauve pairs well with Crystal Antique Pink, and Crystal Paradise Shine who’s multicolored effect brings out tones that compliment Tanzanite, Crystal Lilac Shadow, Amethyst and Blackberry Pearl and Crystal Iridescent Purple Pearl.

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Materials that both suck in and radiate out light – fabrics fit for royalty – are heavily embellished with crystal.

Rich, ornamental detailing with botanical inspiration is set with subtle crystal Pave’ to create elaborate, luxurious designs.

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Exquisitely mysterious: purple and grays couple with smokey browns to evoke mystery and magic.

Spontaneous compositions evoke an impression of ethereal whimsy.

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Fall and Winter 2014 Jewelry Trends ~ Focusing on THE STILLNESS WITHIN

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PROGRESSIVE Trend ~ The Stillness Within

This Progressive Trend theme conjures up images of snow-peaked mountains, solitude and stillness. It’s a peaceful time to reflect on beauty, the abundant physical beauty found in nature as well as the innate beauty found within.

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It’s a time to deeply feel and understand life and your creativity in new ways by discovering how to connect to your inner tranquility. It’s the desire to disconnect from our complex world, to switch off high-tech gadgets and tune into ourselves in a more natural way.

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The variety of shapes that correspond to the Progressive Theme have an organic quality, with an elegant blend of high-tech crystal cuts. It’s a graceful union between the natural world and how designers emulate or captures its’ exquisite perfection in a lovely piece of jewelry.

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Jewelry features geometric forms balanced by crystals resembling gemological growth structures that convey a sense of weightless transparency. Captured in the new Designer Edition, Vision Round and Fancy Stones by Atelier Munsteiner for Swarovski, these crystals resemble frozen water with flower-shaped air bubbles trapped within them, lending a sense of quiet serenity to garments, jewelry and new segments.

Progressive Color Inspiration

This intriguing Swarovski Crystal color inspiration embraces a sophisticated palette from dark gray and blue tones, moving into medium hues as well as lighter crystal effects.

The strength felt from the darker colors such as Crystal Silver Night, Black Diamond, Dark Grey and Grey PearlDark Sapphire, Montana, Montana Satin, Morion, Indian Sapphire Satin,Crystal Bermuda Blue, blend flawlessly with the gentle hues of Crystal Silver Shade, Crystal Moonlight, Light Grey Opal, White Opal, White PearlCrystal Blue Shade, Denim Blue, and Light Azore.

Progressive Transfer Flag Fall Winter 2015-16 Jewelry and Color Trends

Asymmetry appears strongly in design: exaggerated layering, pleated paneling, architectural volume, origami-inspired angular folds and cut outs add to a multi-dimensional experience. Strong, clean silhouettes with sophisticated crystal embellishments reflect the need for stillness and calm.

Swarovski Crystal Blue Necklace Design Inspiration

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Clusters of crystals in similar hues act as radiant and fluent accents that can display movement. Tranquility and fluidity are used to calm the senses and bring a sens of the natural and the surreal into jewelry designs.

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Fall and Winter Jewelry Trends Highlighting THE ART OF EXPRESSION

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Fall and Winter Jewelry Trends

This Fall and Winter’s New Swarovski Innovations reveal a desire to connect with something very unique and nonconforming. The overall trend is to embrace innovative ideas, to branch out and discover new design ideas, textures and colors inspired by your own special gift for creativity!

The idea is to harness your emotional connectivity to the world around you and introduce the unexpected. Classic color combinations, such as grey and neutral tones can be infused with splashes of vibrant colors, such as pinks, blues or purple tones to revitalize them with a spark of dynamic energy.

There are four new Swarovski themes and corresponding crystal innovations for this Fall and Winter season and I will focus on the Classic Theme today.

THE ART OF EXPRESSION (Classic Theme)

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A new freedom from strict precision can be seen in enthusiastic splashes of vibrant color and combinations of diverse materials such as lace, faux leathers, satins and recycled textiles, that look even more extravagant when pared with crystals.

This Swarovski crystal necklace “Dipped in Lace” design, bestows a whimsical and day-dreamy expression with cheerful and vivacious combinations of frothy white lace, Crystal Beads, Pearls and Pendants. This design includes instructions on how to create this eclectic assortment of textures and colors, one whose romantic and playful design is a creative inspiration!

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This colorful and eclectic “Sparkling Frida” necklace is a throwback to the signature style of the famous Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. This energetic necklace is spirited and multi-dimensional, incorporating mixed metals such as chains, Crystal Double-Spike Beads, Pearls, BeCharmed Beads and Flatbacks, which all come together in one gypsy-like design that inspires us to go wild!

 Swarovski Thread Ring

This Fall and Winter 2014-15 Jewelry trends are influenced by an Eighties theme with quirky, versatile and streamlined shapes highlighted by shimmering metallics. With its one or two hole option, the new Pavé Thread Ring bead adds everyday opulence and creative versatility to all types of designs.

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Swarovski Crystal Fine Mesh is an exciting new product that made its debut on the Atelier Versace Fall/Winter 2014 Haute Couture catwalk in Paris. As an evolution of the original Crystal Mesh launched by Swarovski in 1993, it uses brilliant small XILION chatons to create the perfect gently flowing material for all-over second-skin shine, sparkling evening-wear and high-glamour looks.

These pictures are courtesy of Versace. Please contact me for Crystal Fine Mesh ordering details.

Swarovski Jewelry Design Inspiration

One of the most exciting, fun and rewarding things to do is to embark on a journey of new discovery and creativity through design. This season focuses on self expression and embracing new perspectives. Feel free to explore new ideas, push boundaries and make your design dreams come true!

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I hope these jewelry designs and trend ideas have inspired your creativity!

Wire Wrapping Video Tutorial and Swarovski Crystal Jewelry Inspirations

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Swarovski Crystal 4439 Square Beads Wire Wrapped Earrings in Crystal Lilac Shadow

Today I wanted to celebrate one of the oldest jewelry making techniques in history – wire wrapping!

Wire wrapping is a skillful art form, or craft used in creating beautiful handmade jewelry.

Swarovski Crystal Silver Night Baroque Earrings wire wrapped

Swarovski Crystal 6090 Baroque Pendant Wire Wrapped Earrings in Crystal Silver Night

I like the, shall I say the “simplicity” or “effortlessness” the wire wrapping look gives to jewelry. I don’t mean to say the process is simple or effortless because there can be many complexities in wire wrapping. But because there is no soldering or heating of the wire, the end design gives a whimsical and natural look that I love.

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Swarovski Crystal Beaded and Wire Wrapped Earrings

Examples of wire wrapping and beading techniques date back thousands of years ago from the Sumerian Dynasty and Ancient Rome. In this day-in-age where the DIY market has exploded in popularity, wire wrapped jewelry is a wonderful technique that can be learned and all kinds of people can create beautiful and unique designs for themselves and as gifts.

Swarovski crystal and silver wire wrapped earrings

Wire Wrapped Earrings Featuring Swarovski Crystal 5000 Round Beads in Dark Sapphire 

People love to harness their desire and create something new and unique themselves. There’s a deep satisfaction that comes from learning, doing and creating something beautiful and that’s why I wanted to celebrate wire wrapping as a fabulous way to add your own special touch to a unique piece of jewelry.

Watch this Basic Wire Wrapping video Tutorial with Swarovski Crystal and Beadalon

I hope you enjoy this video tutorial and have been inspired by these beautiful handmade pieces of jewelry, wrapped in wire – of course!

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Featured Designer ~ Constance from Hot Girls Pearls

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Hot Girls Pearls ~ Hot Flash Relief in an Instant!

Let’s face it. There are times when we all get overheated, and we would do anything to cool off. Well, guess what? There’s an accessory for that. Hot Girls Pearls are the first and only fashion accessory that provide natural relief for hot flashes caused by menopause, anxiety, heat waves, and anything that has you hot and bothered. Who knew hot flash relief could look so good!

Hot Girls Pearls Swarovski Pearl Necklace

“SPARKLING Midnight” 18 inch Swarovski Pearl Necklace with Crystal Embedded Magnet Clasp and Rhinestone Rondelles including an Insulated Travel Purse with Ice Pack Included. Freeze and ware to cool down.

If you’re hot flashing, flushed, flustered, feverish, fuming, flaming, fried, or flabbergasted, Hot Girls Pearls is your fabulous, freezable, fashion‑forward, frosty fix.

Peach Pearl Beacelet from Hot Girls Pearls

“SPARKLING Sunset” Pearl Bracelet 8.25 inches with Crystal Embedded Magnet Clasp and Swarovski Crystal Rhinestone Rondelles including an Insulated Travel Purse with Ice Pack Included.

Disguised as a lovely strand of trendy, yet classic pearls, this natural cure for hot flashes instantly and effectively reduces body temperature, and makes you feel cool, calm and collected. It also keeps you looking fabulous! With over-sized pearls filled with nontoxic cooling gel, these elegant necklaces get arctic cold in the freezer. Then, they stay nice and icy cool on you! 

 White Swarovski Pearl Necklace from Hot Girls Pearls

SPARKLING Moonlight” Evening Collection 16 inch Necklace with Crystal Embedded Magnet Clasp and Swarovski Crystal Rhinestone Rondelles including an Insulated Travel Purse with Ice Pack Included. Freeze and ware to cool down.

Hot Girls Pearls Travel Cool Pack

An excellent companion to the necklace is the Insulated Travel Purse with Ice Pack (Included). For maximum cooling time HOT GIRLS PEARLS are stored inside Travel Purse in your freezer and carried in purse between wears. They aren’t designed to stay cold all day, but to deliver a lasting icy blast, capable of extinguishing even the hottest of flashes.

Pearl Earrings from Hot Girls Pearls

White Orbit Cooling Earrings

How long will my Hot Girls Pearls stay cool? From the moment you snap your pearls around your neck or wrist and gasp as you feel that heavenly relief, you can expect the chill to last up to an hour depending on the environment. Using the insulated travel purse will keep your pearls cool for up to 5 hours!

Constance Sherman from Hot Girls Pearls   bio_pogo

Founder and President of HOT GIRLS PEARLS Constance Sherman along with Pogo, her Mascot, mentor, and all-around good friend.

Having worked as an art director for fashion magazines and department stores, Constance Sherman knows a thing or two about style. And she wasn’t about to let a little thing like hot flashes cramp hers. She came up with the brilliant idea of combining a cooling agent with a fashion-forward look through jewelry!

Just like a pearl in an oyster shell, HOT GIRLS PEARLS was one of those hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

Swarovski Heart Bead from Rainbows of Light

 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!

3 Helpful Tips on How to Make Money Selling Your Products

I recently watched a very informative video on “how to make money selling your crafts” and wanted to pass along the insightful information. I have highlighted a few of the major bullet points for you and you can watch the full video below!

Doggie with glasses#1 ~How do I begin?

*Begin with the end in mind and define your niche (seen at the 1:57 mark on the video).

* It’s important to define your ultimate goal. What is it that you really want?

*What is driving the desire to sell? Is this a side project, is it a career path for you, is it pin money or do you want it to pay your bills?

It’s Important to Define Your Niche

*Is there a market for your product line?

*Investigate price points – can you be competitive on price with the current market?

*Do you want to sell wholesale, retail or both?

Jewels#2 ~How do I price my beautiful products?

Take the following things into account when pricing your work (seen at the 3:30 mark on the video).

*The market will establish a ceiling.

*Consider cost of goods sold.

*Take into account the amount of time you spent creating the piece. (consider the learning curve and price your work according to the time it takes you to create it when you are proficient at the technique).

*Intangible benefits of working from home should be factored in as well.

*Cultivate wholesale resources. You can check this off your list, you have us! Rainbows of Light.com, wholesale to the public!

*Adjust your pricing based on if you are selling wholesale vs. retail.

Bracelet #3 How do I Market My Products?

*Marketing is all about building and establishing relationships. (seen at the 6:06 mark on the video).

*Utilize Social Media! In today’s world, it is incredibly important to build relationships using social media.

The most important aspects: Have a Website, Facebook Page, Blog Regularly, Pinterest, Twitter and Newsletters. These are great places where your creativity and personality can shine! Have fun with these, allow your passions  for life to shine through. The more your customers get to know you and/or your brand, the more they learn about your story and the history behind your products, the more loyalty they will have for you and the better they will feel about supporting you and your work.  You have to ware all of these hats to be affective in today’s market!

*Building a Website : (seen at the 6:15 mark on the video).

~You can hire a professional or do it yourself. A good web hosting company makes it easy. Decide on a shopping cart or brochure site.

*Elements of a Good Website (seen at the 6:41 mark on the video).

~Clean and well organized. Promote a cohesive brand and image. Good pictures are an absolute must. Link to all your social media outlets and contact information. Make frequent updates to your home page to keep it fresh and helps with search engine optimization.

*Facebook Business Page (seen at the 8.30 mark on the video).

~It’s important to attract “fans” because those fans have friends that see what they “Like” which will grow your clientele. Post fun and informative updates, use lots of bright colors/pictures that link back to your blog, website etc.

* The Importance of Blogging (seen at the 9:02 mark on the video).

~It’s a great way to establish a personal relationship with your customers and prospective customers. Drive traffic to your site by attracting search engines to your website. Engage your reader with a story and don’t try and sell products here, Your website and newsletters should serve that function.

*Blogging Etiquette (seen at the 10:17 mark on the video).

~Use a great title! Give your reader something of value. Use lots of great pictures. Content should be rich in organic search terms. Be YOU! Don’t be afraid, It can be fun and informal, most of all let people get to know you.

~Utilize free tools to track and analyze the performance of your social media outlets such as statcounter.com and Alexa.com.

Watch the full video below!

 

 

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


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PROGRESSIVE

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VIVID MOMENTS

Focusing on an exciting, eclectic blend between African and Asian cultures,the Progressive theme highlights the union of both.

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PRODUCT INSPIRATION

Medium and large crystals highlight the eclectic look of the theme.

A broad spectrum of colors and shapes reflect a joyful celebration of life.

Vibrant Fancy Stones and Pendants create attention-grabbing, culture-merging color palettes.

Pavé Balls, with their shimmering radiance, add edge and sophistication to the design.

Various geometric shapes enable the creation of unexpected patterns.

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This new alliance between Africa and Eastern Asia is having a huge influence on the design world, seen in the rediscovering of their beauty, craftsmanship, and individual aesthetic.

The theme reflects both a joyful celebration of the past, and the way forward.

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THE MOOD

A unique, eclectic, and multilayered style that reflects the blend of traditional African and Asian craft and handwork techniques.

A mix of materials – Swarovski Crystals, Pearls, Beads, textiles, and metals – combine to create rich 3D surfaces with sculptural aspects.

A focus on layering, where Asian and African patterns combine with crystal to create unique patchwork, creates a cross-cultural design ethic.

Flat fabrics come alive with a focus on volume, texture, and tactility.

The importance of head-wear, both in Asia and Africa, gives rise to a new accessories direction – the reinterpretation of the turban.

Fabric becomes important in accessories for cost reduction and global production.

“Prints give products a cultural reference and identity.”  (20/20 Consumer Insights)

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