Wednesday, January 28, 2015


           Just how cold IS it where you are right now?

This morning on Oahu's North Shore
74 degrees on   1 - 17 - 15

As many of you know, I am in Hawaii - Yes, I get a lot of jealous 'hate mail' in my conversations with customers :)  I'm never hesitant to INSIST that ONE day, they must ABSOLUTELY visit this beautiful and diverse state.  Winter is my absolute favorite month in's COLD for us when the temperature drops to the upper 50's and we have to wear socks and sweat pants to bed!  Sob, right?   LOL  OK, I better stop adding insult to injury!'re here because we share a passion for jewelry.  Not just any jewelry, but Vintage Jewelry!  Whether you wear it, collect it or re-assemble them as I do, my blog has always been about encouraging you and equipping you to shop and/or make your own.  With no further adieu, I introduce.....

JEWELRY TRENDS IN 2015 - First Quarter

With 2014 in the back seat, it's time to look ahead into 2015 and see what's in store for jewelry trends.  The next time you're out and about, make it a point to check out the jewelry that women are wearing.  Chances are, over time, you will see a trend.  Whether or not it's "your" style or not, you will begin to notice trends; trends not only in jewelry, but fashion as well.  It's FUN!  It's like being your own SECRET SHOPPER.  I'm constantly checking out styles on others for ideas and inspiration.  After admiring something that I REALLY like, I inquire as to where they purchased the item and even ask if they would mind if I took a quick cell photo!  I've never been denied ;)

Now, you must know, that for me personally, I prefer the timeless beauty, style and elegance of vintage and antique jewelry.  I will choose vintage every time over something new and mass produced.  After all, you can always put a vintage 'spin' on just about everything, even trendy jewelry.

1. STATEMENT NECKLACES big and bold are such a strong trend for 2015 or for anytime you want to make a big impression with your jewelry.  Statement jewelry can be any kind of jewelry that makes a big impact - several bracelets on one wrist, generously sized chandelier earrings or the most common of statement jewelry, big and bold bib necklaces.  I've seen some pretty hideous statement necklaces out there, but I've also seen some unique beauties too.    

TIP:  Make sure to wear only one piece of statement jewelry at a time.

 Jewelry is the perfect way to bring life to an outfit and complement your best features. 
So, why not complete your look with an exceptional, bold and attention-grabbing piece of statement jewelry?

The modern pieces of jewelry can be gorgeous, however vintage-inspired jewelry brings a certain
 level of sophistication and makes the wearer look fabulous and unique.

New Word of the Quarter:  Vintage Assemblage - the aret of recycling and repurposing pieces of  vintage jewelry with other elements to recreate something new

2. BANGLES come in a variety of materials for a variety of looks and can really make a statement!  As you WATCH for trends, you're sure to have noticed girls walking around with wrists covered in gold and silver bangle bracelets.  What I love about these bangles is that you can add your OWN charms to these beauties.  PERSONALIZE bangles with shells, pearls, charms, initials, crystals, photo charms, etc.  

Consider bangle bracelets for their effortless and trendy style.

Handmade bangle bracelets easily slip over your wrist or open on a hinge, s
o throwing them on with anything is simple and fun!


3. SHELLS are timeless.  Maybe it's a "Hawaii Trend", but shells are definitely in here!  Whether you live near the ocean or dream to, or perhaps it's a reminder of that wonderful vacation, shells retain their natural iridescence and God made beauty.  Nothing manufactured or artificial here!  After all, the oldest known jewelry in the world consists of two perforated beads made from shells of a sea snail discovered in Israel!  Trendy shells + pearls are VERY popular in both earring and necklace trends.

 I have a personal appreciation for sunrise shells.  Generally, I am not a "shell jewelry" person. I think  my husband wishes I were, but it's a bit too "hippy-ish" for me (personally) to wear as jewelry.  That being said, our family does have a personal collection of SUNRISE SHELLS.  Some we have personally found, which is like a lottery ticket, and others we have purchased from local residents.  They are by far, the most beautiful and prized shell for shell jewelry...

OK,  a little Hawaiian.....puka is the Hawaiian word for "hole" and refers to the naturally occurring hole in the middle of these rounded and worn shell fragments.  The shell on the left is called a "puka shell and easily found on Hawaiian beaches.  When used in jewelry, it's very cool and very close to home.  A very popular beach or island style jewelry trend.


I hope you've enjoyed this FIRST quarterly of 2015.  Even more so, I hope this has gotten
you EXCITED and INSPIRED!  Don't forget to take notice about jewelry trends you see
and let us know what YOU find.

Until next time, warmest aloha!  -Susan

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