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Top Gold Jewelry Trends for 2017, with May Is Gold Month

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This is my fourth year partnering with May Is Gold Month and I think it goes without saying that I love all things karat gold! In preparing for this trend post, I thought it would be a good idea to spread out almost all of my jewelry across my entire desk. Scattering each piece allowed for all the memories, sentiment, special occasions and sparkle to overflow at once. I was reminded how powerful gold can be in more ways than one. It also helped me fully understand why May Is Gold Month exists and why they are so adamant about celebrating a single metal. 

When found in the ground, gold can look like an undesirable pebble; dirty and hiding its value. It is the makers and jewelry designers who unlock the true beauty of gold when they create a piece of jewelry using gold. It comes to life and takes shape--it can be made to look shiny, textured, brushed, or hammered. It can be rose, green, red, or brown (even some other colors too). A single piece of gold jewelry can provoke laughter, tears and joy, all at the same time. It also can unlock the trends, feelings and historical happenings from which time period it was made. 

All of my karat gold jewelry has a special place and meaning in my life. Some pieces were created during the turn-of-the-century, when other metals were being discovered and created...but gold always reigned supreme. Other pieces were designed specially for me by jewelry friends who have become like family. And my most important pieces of karat gold jewelry have been passed down to me, with tender stories and rich histories. It is my passion to teach others how to take all these jewels and style them in numerous ways, and it is May Is Gold Month's commitment to celebrating this that makes May one of my favorite months!

So this year's trends will keep you on your toes--let's get creative, as I challenge you each week to showing me how you style, wear and show me your karat gold with these six weekly trends--have fun!

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Trend #1: Wrist Ornaments

My wrists have been BFF with these Victorian hinged bangles since the day I acquired each one. You know how the Cartier Love bracelets are known to "become a part of you" once you wear one--it is the same with these guys to me--and better yet, not every girl has a Victorian bangle. These are all 14k yellow gold and are uniquely me. I'm hoping to add another to my stack soon!  

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Trend #2: Jumping Through Hoops

Let's face it, hoops never go out of style--they may go on a hiatus every so often--but come back even stronger than ever every time. Like right now! Hoops are so popular--I've had these large, very light-weight 14k gold hoops for years now. I decided to update my hoop look by adding these post hoops that are tiny but very wide by J. Hannah. I love how modern they can look and how easy they can pair with just about anything!

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Trend #3: Finger Frill

Ah, easily my favorite of the weekly trends. Lately I've been loving all-gold looks paired together...ones that are geometric and linear in nature, with bends, twists, and curves. The newest addition is the one I'm wearing on my ring finger. It is a simple wave and the wave perfectly fits and accentuates my engagement ring. It has been my go-to wedding band as of late. A simple design can create such a unique impact!

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Trend #4: Neck Jazz

My neck has been getting extra love lately as I've been really into karat gold necklaces, pendants and different types of chains. I added a solid gold wire necklace a few months ago to my jewelry wardrobe and it has been a game-changer. So many things I can do with it, the possibilities are limitless! I sometimes wear it alone, I can easily throw on a pendants or a grouping of charms, and I can layer it up as well, like seen here. I've been collecting lots of Egyptian Revival pendants and charms, like my ankh I'm wearing. I also can't get enough of my DMD Metal Shaman necklace with a diamond drool and my simple diamond with no setting whatsoever (it is a pierced, free-standing diamond) necklace from La Brune & La Blonde.

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Trend #5: Ear Decor

How many of you got a new ear piercing this past year just because of how trendy karat gold earrings are?! Whether you pile on stud after stud, go for an ear cuff look, or go big and bold, ear decor has never been more popular! One of my favorite earrings are by Grace Lee Designs and she calls these Whisper Mobiles as each is like an art installation on your ear, but they are whisper-thin and ultra lightweight. I am wearing three different styles in one ear, all done in 14k yellow gold.

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Trend #6: Gold for Guys

In a world with over 7 billion inhabitants, it is kismet that we find a partner that wants to spend the rest of its life on Earth with you. I happened to find that special person and what made our relationship even better was that he loves jewelry just as much as I do!  From karat gold medallions, to karat gold sword stick pins, and everything in between, my husband loves wearing and collecting gold. My husband's advice to any guy? "You should invest in a really nice karat gold bracelet that easily goes with your everyday style." I agree!!

 

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Jewels at my Doorstep: Alexis Kletjian Jewelry

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All the April showers have rained down on us all month long and I'm here waiting for the May flowers, which will hopefully be worth the wait!  Spring is one of my most favorite times of the year; a time of rebirth, growth, freshness and strength. What better way than to capture all that in our latest Jewels at my Doorstep shoot because it is so fitting with the designer being featured--Alexis Kletjian.  Her jewelry is created and designed with the intention of being a part of your every day wardrobe, being passed down, and becoming a part of your legacy. The word legacy is very important to Alexis--it is a word she often thinks of when celebrating milestones, both in life and online. Celebration often goes hand-in-hand with giving/receiving jewelry, and it is exactly that idea which Alexis feels her jewelry line lends itself perfectly with. She also celebrates online anytime her social media platforms hit a special milestone and she gives back by drawing names from anyone who has emailed her with their legacy story!  Winner receives $1000 good toward a piece from the Alexis Kletjian collections. 

A milestone like a birthday, anniversary or holiday are all ideal moments to share a piece of Alexis Kletjian jewelry--a shield pendant, a hexagon band, or any of her initial charms--there are so many great pieces. I was really excited to see her jewels, as I haven't seen them in awhile. I also got to experience some never-before-seen pieces she has been busy cooking up!  Like the emerald and diamond crossover ring and the opal lotus star pendant with one-of-a-kind boulder opals. Definitely some of my favorite pieces!  We can't forget the Retiarii earrings because those need their own special introduction. Glamorous, sleek and bold--shining bright with diamonds set in the "netting" of the design (a retiarii is an ancient gladiator net used to protect oneself in battle) and dangling with two specially cut chrysoberyls by Top Notch Faceting. These earrings can be customized, as Alexis also makes them in all gold, all diamonds, or all diamonds + moonstone. The bangles were beyond belief, as they came done in 18k gold with three different eternity style gemstone varieties: demantoid garnet, chrome diopside, and tanzanite.  Lastly, we must discuss my obsession with these "crystal ball" looking rings because when I look into them, I can see my future.  They are actually prehnite cabochons and although you might not have ever heard of that stone before, get familiar!  Alexis just put it on the map. 

Our shoot was set on a glorious spring morning in Nashville; our location being Belmont University--one of the prettiest schools I've ever been to. They are known for their lavish gardens, with over 14,000 tulips (imported from the Netherlands), and over 100 species of trees and shrubs. Efforts have been put in place to keep the campus classified as a tree sanctuary.  The photos were shot by Lauren Newman Photography and we used as much of the gardens, plants, trees and flowers as possible in all the shots. We hope you enjoy!

Earrings:

18k yellow gold Retiarii earrings set with diamonds and dangling chrysoberyls cut by TopNotch Faceting

18k yellow gold mini star stud earrings set with diamonds

Bracelets:

18k yellow gold Oscar bangle set with demantoid garnets

18k yellow gold Oscar bangle set with chrome diopside

18k yellow gold Oscar bangle set with tanzanite

Necklaces:

14k yellow gold Lotus shield pendant set with tanzanite and diamonds

14k yellow gold Lucky star shield pendant set with an emerald

18k yellow gold Lotus star pendant set with boulder opals

Rings: 

18k yellow gold prehnite cabochon signet rings, in two different sizes

14k yellow gold mini hexagon bands, one in emerald and one in diamonds

14k yellow gold hexagon bands, one in demantoid garnet and one in diamonds

14k yellow gold emerald and diamond crossover ring

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Jewelry Trends and Favorites for 2017

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These were my top three most favorite acquisitions from the past year. I can't get enough of enamel, Native American Zuni pieces and geometric details.

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As I look into my own jewelry box, I can predict some jewelry trends based off what I've been into lately--diamonds, opals, cool colors reign supreme.

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Sentimental charms and charms with a theme are going to be huge for 2017. I have one common theme all on one bracelet--cross charms. Although bracelets are a great option, we are going to be seeing charms being worn more on necklaces.

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Statement rings are huge for the new year--more specifically navette styles. As a long-time collector of this design, they are going to be in demand in every size--small, medium and large.

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Continuing its comeback, PINKY RINGS! I seriously can't leave the house with one and I think it totally balances a ring stack. I used to look back on my old stacks and say, "cool but I really could've used a pinky ring to balance out the look."

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Layers upon layers of necklaces, choker styles and some dangling with charms. Got tangles? That's ok!

As with everything in life, time goes on and the world continues to spin...but as we said goodbye to 2016, did we also say goodbye to some jewelry trends? And what is in store for 2017? Most of you are doodling in your journals or freshly purchased 2017 calendars the words, "new year, new me!" in your best handwriting. I'm here to help you make that wish happen and make sure you are totally in the know with what's going on in the world of jewelry trends.

You may have guessed, some of the things you've let go or sold for scrap gold are coming back. But this isn't groundbreaking news. This tends to happen in many aspects, including fashion and home decor. Those mom jeans everyone made fun of are suddenly all you are wanting to get your hands on...and those brass fixtures your grandma used to scatter around her house are now in demand. If this has you thinking you're suddenly trapped in the Twilight Zone, look no further than the necks of fashionistas. Chains upon chains with a sort of Mr. T theme are sweeping the trend forecast here on Gem Gossip--and yes, I've just ordered myself a choker-length heavy figaro chain. What am I, back in 8th grade dressing like my former wankster boyfriend?  Yes. You are. 

I'm ok with that because the look is amazing and speaks to my aesthetic of more is more. As a maximalist through and through (have you seen my office?!) I tend to fill up spaces, including my body, with the most of everything I love. An empty white wall? Omg no--fill it with a hundred gold frames from top to bottom. A bare neck?  What are you crazy? Drape every chain you have in your jewelry box and create a look. You may wonder about my dismay when people buy things and don't enjoy them or put them away for a "special time." That's craziness to me. 

Besides the 80s chains/90s choker styles, there are several other jewelry trends for the new year. I've highlighted a few above using pictures to illustrate as best as I can. Are there any trends you think will be big for 2017 that I haven't mentioned?  Make sure you email or tweet me!  I'd love to hear your take. 

And jewelry trends I hope to see go -- I know so many of you are going to hate me for this but, dainty jewelry! It is still so strong with sales, jewelry designers and are often some of the top photos with most likes on Instagram, but I am so over dainty jewelry. I don't know where this sudden Texas mantra of "bigger is better" is coming from out of me, but that has become my slogan. At least in the ring department. Earrings and necklaces are a different story I guess.

And finally, I wanted to do a fun New Years-like countdown of my TEN favorite rings to RING in the New Year. Corny, right? So corny but so necessary. These are the foundation of what is on my wish list for the future and what I'm currently feeling at this very moment in time. Enjoy!

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10. This funky mashup created by Erie Basin, which is part spaceship part intergalactic fantasy. Anything funky or out-of-this-world seem to be high on my list of demands. This is so YES.

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9. Obsessing over anything Bario Neal creates in their store/studio located in Philadelphia. Their incredible gemstone pops of color mixed with interesting details and combinations is something I am loving right now. It also doesn't hurt that everything is thoroughly ethical in every way possible.

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8. When Steven Sher Antique Jewellery posted this ring I couldn't keep my eyes off it. The backstory of it makes it even cooler--they basically gave their jeweler a bag of emeralds and created this from five he chose out of the random bag. Creativity like this just comes naturally for some people and this jeweler has it!

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7. A ring that looks like it is featured in a museum from an archeological dig, this piece caught my attention when I found out it is a brand new piece designed by HHD Jewels, also know as Henry Dakak Jr Jewels. Henry is a Lebanese designer who not only designs jewelry, but furniture, lighting and home accessories.

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6. We all know my obsession with antique diamond elongated rings. This one from Trademark Antiques had me swooning as soon as I saw it. Every year I usually add at least one to my growing collection of these and I'm excited to see which one I will add in the upcoming year.

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5. When I look at this ring I instantly smile. That's what I love most about this Harika Fine Jewelry design. I also can't get enough of face motifs in jewelry and this one is definitely a unique spin on that.

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4. A statement ring is something you keep hearing me say over and over in this trend forecast and this is the ultimate statement ring! Designed by Emily P Wheeler using an incredible 2.67 carat garnet cut by TopNotch Faceting--I love how she added diamonds and moonstones in varying sizes to surround the stone.

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3. Since the day I visited David Webb in NYC and got my own private tour I've been obsessing over and saving up for my very own special piece. I have no idea what I want but when the time comes (probably years from now) I will hopefully know exactly which it will be. In the meantime, I'll continue to obsess, like over this panther ring.

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2. Voiage Jewelry continually posts the most lust worthy jewels but for some reason this particular ring grabbed my attention the most. I love when a designer can balance lots of color, which this ring totally does, but it also balances several different shapes. It also features a trend that I actually haven't mentioned here yet, but geometrics and modern design--both heavily apparent in this piece.

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1. And finally, number one is this collection from Polly Wales wonderfully photographed by stockist New Twist. It's bright, it's fun, it's bold--so many features which scream new beginning, fresh start. So if you're looking for a ring which will bring you luck and happiness into the new year, Polly Wales' Ourika Collection has you covered!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

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Gem Gossip featured in JCK Magazine: 2014 Year in Preview

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Such an awesome feature to be a part of…the JCK Magazine Year in Preview, where the best in the trade come together to create their annual list of the 10 tech, style, and retail trends that’ll have the industry buzzing in 2014! Besides body jewelry, smartwatches, speedy delivery, and concept stores, being seen and heard on blogs is among the top ten forecasts for 2014!

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5. BLOGGERS OR BUST

Sought-after ­jewelry blogger Danielle Miele of GemGossip.com

Back in the early aughts, when bloggers first were forging a path through cyberspace, the notion that their easy, breezy columns could command respect (much less a respectable income) seemed, well, far-fetched. What a difference a decade makes. Today, the most successful bloggers have managers and contracts, and charge thousands of dollars to brands vying for a mention in their posts. The jewelry trade is just one of many industries now capitalizing on their reach. LoveGold, a digital project of the World Gold Council, recently enlisted Jonathan Valdez of OrangeJuiceandBiscuits.com to blog about gold jewels. Los Angeles–based Coronet Solitaire is working with a select group of style bloggers to promote its diamond staples (helping to explain how its Facebook page garnered 30,000-plus likes in the first week of its debut). And New York City’s Greenwich Jewelers recently asked GemGossip.com’s Danielle Miele to blog about her favorite pieces on the Greenwich site. “Bloggers help with PR,” says co-owner Jennifer Gandia. “They can complement a marketing plan…and are generally less expensive, at least in our market, than an ad.” —JH