Trend Forecast: 2019
As Bead World’s Creative Director, it’s my job to stay on top of the current trends and styles. However, it can be tricky to translate current fashion trends from the runway and Vogue to handcrafted jewelry. Typically there just isn’t a way to hand make jewelry that matches the manufactured designs seen on runways.
Instead, I love to gather ideas, inspiration, and influence from people and brands I admire. We have so many trend-setters within our own stores, both employees and customers, that I decided to ask a few of them to share their thoughts on current trends for handcrafted jewelry. These influencers are also business owners, adding to their trend credibility (since they’ve already been selling designs using these trends to their customers).
Within my own business, The Soulful Bloom, I’ve noticed a change in style leading into 2019 that feels huge and subtle all at the same time. In my business, gemstones and gemstone energy continue to be as popular as they have been in recent years, but the specific jewelry style is expanding. For the past few years, the prevailing style was 8mm round gemstones with little to no spacers, metal beads, charms, or anything that I would consider fluff. It was very direct, straight to the point, minimal, and frankly a little constricting. However now the style is all about mixing it up! Throw in various sizes of beads, different shapes, tons of spacers, charms, etc.!! Instead of stacks of bracelets that are the same size and shape, I love creating and wearing stacks of bracelets with variation. Combining multiple elements (sizes, shapes, metals, etc.) adds visual interest to your jewelry. Just stick to some common element, like the color scheme or the metal color, to give it cohesion. I’ve been having so much fun playing with my beads again with this new expansion of design.
Images from The Soulful Bloom
Long time Bead World customer, Janel Nordstrom, has a really cool & unique design eye. Her jewelry brand, Jware, is industrial chic and in my opinion Janel is one of the people that best bridges the gap between runway jewelry and handmade jewelry. Janel said, “One of the jewelry trends for 2019 as seen on the runway at Fashion Week was Chains! The look was layered chains from light to heavy. Some combined with medallions or coins. This look will be popular this Spring. My brand is Industrial and I have incorporated this style into my line because it’s a trend that feels universal.”
Image from Jware Collection
Emily Somers is not only the Assistant Manager at Bead World Phoenix; she’s an accomplished jewelry designer as well. With over 15 years as a successful business owner, Emily has perfected the craft of evolving and staying on trend. Her jewelry line, Emily Somers Jewelry, is sleek, modern, effortless, and minimalistic. When asked about current/upcoming jewelry trends, Emily said, “My favorite jewelry trend right now is the big, luscious pearl, especially white pearls. I’m seeing big pearls on a simple earwire, hanging from the bottom of chain for earrings, or on a large hoop, which I’ve included in my line this year. Another cute look is one large baroque pearl knotted on a strand of silk cord. Beautiful and timeless!”
Images from Emily Somers Jewelry
Lastly, Brooke Hoffer, an employee at Bead World Scottsdale is young, fresh, and on point with her style! I love her simple color palette and her effortlessly cool vibe. She brings this same trendiness to her jewelry line, Frankie Madison. According to Brooke, “I think 2019 is going to be a year of letting go of the social norm and getting custom pieces with natural crystals. Less of the dainty layers and more timeless pieces that have certain healing properties, have meaning to the individual wearing it and hold value. Our generation has become more spiritual and more people have been drawn to crystals for their supposed benefits so I think buying a piece that serves as a reminder to be better, be more humble, work harder, be kinder or to be aware of our thoughts and actions etc. all while making a statement is what 2019 holds as far as jewelry trends!”
Image from Frankie Madison
So, what do you think the 2019 handmade jewelry trends are? The most amazing thing to me when compiling this post, is how varied each of our four views were on the current and upcoming trends. It just goes to show you that there’s no one right answer when it comes to trends. It’s more about a feeling, a vibe, and a general style. What you choose to do within that is up to you! We can’t wait to see what you create this year.