Every time you take a trip to one of the many jewellers in towns and cities near you, what’s on offer changes. The fashions and trends that may have been there last time may be nowhere to be seen, and items you’ve never seen before may be in their place. Like clothing, jewellery trends change as frequently, but it takes your close attention and eye for detail to notice them.
If you are planning your wedding or want to be one step ahead of others in the fashion scene, make sure you visit local jewellers and buy one or more of these six on-trend items for 2018 and beyond.
During the 1960s, hoop earrings were very much the on-trend accessory. African American women who embraced their Afrocentric fashion led the way, and before long, they formed a significant part of 1960s fashion. However, as quickly as the trend arrived, it disappeared, leaving women to pack away their hoop earrings into jewellery boxes and hope it would roll around sometime soon. While it took a little longer than expected, that time is now, with mid-sized hoop earrings hitting the fashion scene once more.
While we don’t see the same oversized hoops of the 1960s, the subtle beauty of gold mid-sized hoops you can buy at town jewellers are back, and there’s no time like the present to get some for yourself so you can be a part of the hoop revolution.
In the 1990s and early 2000s, you could see bracelets on women’s arms before you could look at the women themselves. Layering bracelets were a big hit, and the more you could fit onto your arms, the better. With a 20-plus year hiatus, layering bracelets are back – albeit a little classier. Instead of jelly rubber bracelets and leather straps, they consist of high-quality metals such as gold and silver. Women and men are now visiting their jewellers, buying more than one bangle at a time to wear together with blazers and other office attire.
Chunky Layering Rings
The 1970s paved the way for chunky layering rings, but like the layering bracelets, they are now back in fashion. Layering up gold or silver rings can add some much-needed dazzle to any outfit, giving you a sense of class and elegance that a single ring can’t offer by itself.
Pearls never really went out of fashion, but they suited a particular type of woman – typically one in her late 60s with poise and elegance. Now, however, the pearl is becoming a focal point in many jewellery items – including necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings. You also don’t need to be a 60-year-old woman to pull them off. Match pearl jewellery with subtle pastel outfits and start this new trend off with a bang.
In 2016 and 2017, choker chains were all the rage. Thick fabric bands with pendants were helping young women in their 20s stand out from the crowd while appearing at the height of the fashion scene. Now, however, choker chains have been “choked” out and replaced by long necklaces. Long, slender chains coupled with chunky pendants are making a comeback, and word has it that they’re here to stay.
Since the invention of the smartphone, watches took a back seat, especially with the younger generation. If you could pull your phone out and tell the time, what need was there for a wristwatch? Now, however, watches are making a comeback as a fashion accessory, with more and more women heading to one of the many inner-city jewellers in search of the perfect outfit accessory. While wristwatches are less of a necessity, it’s nice to see they aren’t redundant.
Jewellery trends are ever-changing, but you can rely on jewellers to always have their fingers on the pulse of what’s hot and what’s not. When the time comes to update your jewellery box and fit in with other trendsetters, visit a jeweller and find out what they have to offer.