Future Jewellery Making Trends 2014 -2015
The rising prices of precious metals such as silver and gold – especially silver at the moment – is influencing jewellery making from the big brands to designer-makers to home hobbyists. For a while this has meant that jewellery has been getting smaller but now we are seeing interest in bigger pieces using alternate materials – whether that is using new materials or combining expensive and cheaper elements.
In 2014 - 2015 we are expecting to see more people using perspex and resin to make larger statement pieces. These are both materials that also have the advantage of being relatively easy to work with at home plus they are very versatile so people can put their own spin on what they create. And the success of brands like Tatty Devine has put colourful plastics on the map.
Metal clay will still remain popular but with people using more copper or bronze clay rather than silver. Silver clay will still be used but more as an accent on pieces made in with the base metals.
If you look at current jewellery fashion trends you see more jewellers working with precious stones set in bronze, copper or brass and then silver plating them – or even leaving them as the base metal. This means everyone is likely to be more confident about using these metals for stone setting and for pieces that traditionally might be made in silver.
These trends will also go through to findings for beading – even with semi-precious stones. In keeping with the move to bigger jewellery, there will be more interest in chunkier crystals and semi-precious stones both for beading and for wire work which is likely to see people using more copper and plated wires than previously, as well as combining beads and wires with cord and ribbons rather than chains.
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