Accessorizing can really make or break an outfit. However, it can also be the most challenging part of creating an outfit that’s both trendy and aligns with your style. In this new world of fast fashion and microtrends, it can feel overwhelming trying to constantly keep up. For example, put your hand up if you’ve ever impulsively bought a necklace or some rings at the checkout line only to rarely take them out of your jewellery box… don’t worry, you’re not the only one.
When it comes to jewellery, it’s intimidating to drop a lot of money on something you fear might meet the same fate as the dusty rings in your jewellery box. If you want to know what you should be investing in versus what might just be a silly trend, this is the guide for you.
VOUGE’s 2022 Trend Predictions
VOUGE’s hottest trend list had both interesting takes and some industry insights. The largest takeaway is that there’s a big resurgence in playfulness and breaking boundaries.
“It’s as if we’re shelving all the old styling rules and traditions, and moving forward with one core idea: jewellery should be personal and playful.”
--Mie Ejdrup, cofounder of Finematter
Trends as a concept seem to be shifting. Becoming more aware of both environmental impact and labour ethics has made shoppers more conscious of what they’re spending their money on.
“Everyone is getting more conscious of the environment and overall the way we live, produce and consume.”
--Ana Khouri, jewellery designer
2022 Jewellery Trends
Quality, Ethically-Sourced Basics
More consumers want to support artists and collectors directly instead of buying from fast fashion sites. When it comes to basics, you really shouldn’t be afraid of investing! These are your go-to pieces that are suited for any outfit, which means you’ll be wearing these very frequently. Cheap jewellery is great if you’re on a budget but it wears quite easily.
One thing you should be conscious of if you’re willing to spend on your basic pieces is to compare the cost of the materials. Quality gold is either listed as solid or 14k plated gold. For silver jewellery, look for sterling silver or 925 silver made in Canada.
In all honesty, you can find quality gold and sterling silver basics almost anywhere. But finding basic jewellery that’s also completely one-of-a-kind is something you’ll only find at Artina’s Jewellery.
Meaningful Talismans and Pendants
If you’re not into wearing a lot of jewellery, finding one signature piece is a good way to incorporate jewellery into your wardrobe without overwhelming yourself. Look for pieces with something that’s unique to you, whether that means your birthstone, Zodiac sign, or an Indigenous legend you relate to.
Bye Basic, Hello Bold
The trend for the last five years or so has been simple, dainty jewellery. However, this year’s Fashion Week runway featured a lot of novelty jewellery, or what’s usually referred to as costume jewellery. There’s a sense of playfulness that will appease your inner child while still looking stylish.
We have lots of glass work jewellery from PERSON and Honica that can help you play with colour and add a slice of quirkiness to your outfit.
Colour blocking and Chunky Jewellery
Colour blocking clothing has been a huge trend recently, but something new from this year’s runways is seeing colour-blocked jewellery. Colour blocking jewellery is a great way to incorporate lots of colour into your outfit.
This trend is often associated with a lot of vintage aesthetics from the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s. Try a pair of colour-blocked earrings if you want to play with some more colour in your outfits.
Pearls, Gemstones, and Swarovski Crystals
Pearls, semi-precious gemstones, and Swarovski crystals can help add a little luxury to any outfit. Pearls in particular are making a big comeback. If you’re worried about looking a little too preppy or overdressed with your pearls and crystals, try pairing your jewellery with more street style outfits. A huge trend of 2022 is breaking down what used to be considered class signifiers, like a string of pearls.
Gemstones and Swarovski crystals can achieve the same aesthetic results but are often much more affordable than say diamonds or emeralds. Gemstones may also carry additional metaphysical properties that can improve the wearer’s overall mood.
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