Top 5 Jewelry Trends for 2012

Looking to sport the hottest look this New Year? Here are some of the up-and-coming trends in the jewelry industry that are sure to make waves in the following months.

Warm Up the Winter

Sunny yellow gold is making a comeback this year! Heat up what remains of these winter months with pieces that pop with pretty colour, accentuated with huge, bright gemstones like topaz and amethyst. Another popular metal is rose-gold. The exotic, girlish colour of the metal fits spring perfectly.


Cool Blue

Accessorize with a great blue jewel. Choose from vivid coloured gems like aquamarine and topaz, or go with a classic royal blue sapphire. There’s a shade to match every skin tone and every spring outfit you can get your hands on.


Make a Bold Statement

2012 is the year for breaking out the huge bling. Recent trends tended towards conservatism, but all of that’s changing. Big, chunky pieces that stand out are all the rage even on the runways. Mixing stones is okay, too! Don’t be afraid of going over the top. Big cocktail rings, dangling chandelier earrings, a huge statement necklace – you’ll be seeing a lot of these on the red carpet come Oscar season, so why not be a step ahead of the crowd?


Bring Back the 20s!

The upcoming re-adaptation of The Great Gatsby seems to have inspired trendsetters, so expect to see a lot of jewelry that’s a throwback to that time period. Floral motifs abound, designed with an Art Deco feel. Long pearl strands lend a classic, ladylike look. Tassels and fringe were seen all over the Chanel and Louis Vuitton shows, too.


Don’t Mess with the Classics

Indulgence and luxury may be back on the rise, but ‘less is more’ has always been a good adage to follow. Perhaps as a backlash to all the excess, some designers opted for clean, architectural lines to convey understated glamour, even with as little as solitaire diamonds and small hoops. Jewels are an investment after all – may as well acquire pieces that you can wear for a lifetime, not just for right now.


How Do You Know What Fits You?

Fashion trends are determined by those who are not afraid to stand out, but if you are someone who goes with the little black at every party, chances are you also like to play it safe with your accessories. It’s totally okay to play it low, but make sure that your jewelry still gets the attention they deserve. That’s the whole idea after all. Not sure how loud you should go or what goes with which? Take a few minutes to absorb some accessorizing ideas on FTV. Do a quick search on Google for the clothes you like to wear and look at the accessories which usually accompany them. Ask for opinion on style blogs. Most importantly however, you should always listen to yourself! Look in the mirror, if you feel good wearing it then go ahead and do so!



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The Latest Luxury Must-Haves To Welcome Spring Sun

As soon as the sun starts to shine people’s mood lifts. Not only do they feel better they start to feel more like doing things outside the house. When this happens people start to use their gardens more, go away for weekend breaks, buy new clothes for the new season and dig out their sunglasses.

Gifts for spring

Let’s go outside!

If you are looking for a special gift to give someone then one that embraces the new season is ideal. If you can afford them, then luxury gifts will often be the best received. Examples of these could include garden furniture. Although these are expensive gifts, a new table and chair set for the garden could be a great idea. A reclining chair in the latest modern style would also be a luxurious gift that would also get a great deal of use. Some of the most latest garden furniture includes garden day beds, where you and your loved one can relax in the sun on a large day bed.

Let’s go out of town!

A weekend break is amongst the special gifts that people like to receive and isn’t always too expensive if planned in advance. A weekend break to the seaside is one idea or perhaps a weekend in a cottage in the countryside? If you have a little more money and like to give expensive gifts then you could book a weekend in a luxury hotel and perhaps include a spa session for you both. If you would like the luxury to continue then why not pre order some beautiful spring flowers to be place in your room upon arrival or other luxurious gifts that you could consider are fine wine and hand made chocolates. There are adult only hotels available too should you prefer a weekend away from the children. If you have time and money a weekend to a European destination is one of the most luxurious gifts you could give someone.

To see and to be seen…

Of course special gifts don’t have to be so extravagant. When the sun comes out, so do the sunglasses and could also make a lovely present for someone. The latest designer sunglasses would tick the luxury gifts box but cheaper ones can look just as good and be just as well received. Even children like sunglasses nowadays, which would make an unusual present for someone.

…that is the question!

Luxury gifts can also include watches or clothing. The latest designer watch or spring outfit can make a perfect present. Designer shoes for ladies are also an ideal gift. Again these can be expensive, but if you shop around, especially on the internet you will be able to find cheaper alternatives. Sometimes though it is nice just to splash out on expensive gifts for someone to really make them feel special.

This post was written by Sienna Gallagher on behalf of GiftVault. Sienna is an experienced lifestyle blogger and scours the Internet for the latest fashion trends and luxury gifts. As her job involves she is a desperate shoe addict and sometimes loves to give herself a treat with nice things.

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The 5 Best Jewelry Gifts For Valentines Day

Jewelry is often a go-to gift for Valentine’s Day. While jewelry can be a very nice gift, it can also be trite if given with little thought. Jewelry mishaps on Valentine’s Day can be avoided by choosing from these five terrific jewelry gifts.

Valentines Romance

Best Jewelry Gifts For Valentines Day

1) Lockets
A locket is a thoughtful and timeless piece of jewelry. Lockets can be engraved with special sayings and have photographs placed inside. Photos of loved ones or of special memories can be treasured and kept close when inserted in a locket. A heart-shaped locket is a popular choice for Valentine’s Day, however lockets are available in a variety of shapes, materials, and designs. Choose a design suited to your loved one’s taste. A locket is generally a more personal, intimate gift, so you may want to avoid giving one to someone with whom you have a more casual relationship.

2) Watches
A watch is a jewelry gift suitable for men and women alike. Both practical and stylish, a watch can be used year round. Tastes in watches can vary greatly, so if you plan on buying a watch as a gift, you may wish to take your loved one out to shop for one rather than having it be a surprise gift. A gift card to go toward the purchase of a watch is another option.

3) Charm Bracelets
A versatile gift option is a charm bracelet. Charm bracelets can be given to a significant other, but at the same time, they are casual enough that it would not be inappropriate to give one to a close friend. For long-term relationships, consider giving a bracelet with a special charm for the first year of your relationship and add on a charm for every Valentine’s Day after. Choose charms that are meaningful and that match the look of the bracelet. Charms and bracelets come in a wide range of prices, so be sure to select a bracelet in an appropriate range for your budget and relationship.

4) Rings
Rings are often given a sign of promise and commitment. They tend to be a gift of romance rather than one of friendship, so consider your relationship carefully before giving a ring as a gift. A ring can rage from a simple band with an inscription, or something more elaborate with diamonds or other stones.  Gemvara is a particularly good source for custom rings.

5) Stones for Rings
For marriages and committed relationships, consider adding a stone to your loved one’s ring. A stone can be added to a wedding band in commemoration of all the years you have spent together. The addition of a stone should be discussed with your loved one, as they might not want their ring altered in any way. However, if this is something he or she would be interested in, the addition of a stone can be very meaningful.

The bottom line to shopping for a jewelry gift for Valentine’s Day is to follow your instincts and think about what you know about the person you care for. Take their tastes into consideration, and you are sure to find the perfect piece of jewelry for Valentine’s Day.

Find excellent custom jewelry at Gemvara

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