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Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Top Summer Jewelry Trends – and Some DIY Ideas!

This summer, jewelry trends primarily focus on the statement necklace, which has been in circulation for a few seasons now.  However, this season we are taking a different spin on the statement necklace, including heavy chains, mixed media, and plastic as materials.

The heavy chain necklace adds edge to any summer outfit, balancing out the light-weight, sheer styles that are currently helping us fight off the heat. This silver necklace by Giles & Brother is the perfect example, and my first pick for summer.  Its sleek style restrains the heaviness from being overbearing, and offers a sense of mixed elegance and edge to any sundress.
Cortina silver-plated necklace by Giles & Brother
Available at The Outnet

I found another cheaper style to the Giles & Brother Cortina silver-plated necklace at ShopLately that could be considered very similar except for its large triangular crystals that definitely pack a statement punch.
Callia Crystal Triangle Necklace
Available through Lily Wang at ShopLately

This swooping, swirly heavy chain necklace available at ModCloth adds a different element.  Instead of being a standard thick necklace chain, this one adds a bit of an art deco air to any outfit.
Tip the Scales Necklace
Available at ModCloth

The big plastic necklace and the mixed media necklace can easily be combined.  Essentially, when you look for a mixed media necklace, you want to look for something bold that makes a statement with different materials other than metal and gems.  Some ideal materials that are especially popular include rope, wood, acrylic, and lucite.

This necklace by Noir is my personal favorite.  It incorporates rope, a popular summer jewelry staple, with mixed metals.
Gold-plated, crystal and rope necklace by Noir
Available at The Outnet

This beautiful necklace, available for purchase at ModCloth, incorporates both the heavy chain necklace trend with the mixed media trend.  This is a simple, large chain necklace made entirely out of wood, excluding the lobster clasp.
Buoy Your Style Necklace
Available at ModCloth

Lucite is absolutely stunning in a large necklace style.  Again, this particular necklace also incorporates the heavy chain element that is so popular right now.
Clear Lucite Link Necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane
Available at Neiman Marcus

And now for my absolute FAVORITE jewelry item this season – the ear cuff!  There are plenty of gorgeous examples I can share with you (check out my Pinterest for more!), but I’m going to share my three favorites with you.

Again, I love-love-love Etsy for its pretty and unique styles.  LoreleiDesigns makes plenty of beautiful ear cuffs; my favorite is this silver filigree cuff with blue charms.
Brilliant Light Sapphire Earcuff by Lorelei Designs
Available at Etsy

Noir makes a beautiful two-piece set that actually is on sale right now for $45.00.  The style of a statement earring in the form of an ear cuff… what more could you want?
Multi-Colored Cluster Ear Cuff by Noir
Available at Saks Fifth Avenue

And last but not least is this piece from Modcloth – I’m a huge Legend of Zelda fan, and this ear cuff makes me feel like the princess of Hyrule.

A Nice Wing to It Earring Set
Available at ModCloth

With all these examples (and the many, many more you’ll find on my Pinterest), your summer jewels are set! Enjoy and have fun – and get creative!  Try some DIYs.  Mixed media jewelry is fun and easy to make.  Check out my Crafts Board for some ideas!

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