Jewelry Trend Predictions for 2015

The GIA Social Media Team correctly predicted a number of hot trends in 2014: geometric jewelry, Industrial Chic, long chains, ear cuffs, and more. We’ve asked the team to pull out their crystal balls again and do some trend spotting for 2015.

Doug Glener, writer:
Angelina Jolie was spotted in a pair of hoop earrings, and I’m betting that the 1970s are due for a comeback. Geometric jewelry is another style that will continue to show up on the runway and in display cases.

The austere beauty of Loretta Castoro’s “Imperia” sterling silver and amethyst  link bracelet comes from its geometric patterns. Photo © Loretta Castoro,  Loretta Castoro Signature Collection

The austere beauty of Loretta Castoro’s “Imperia” sterling silver and amethyst link bracelet comes from its geometric patterns. Photo © Loretta Castoro, Loretta Castoro Signature Collection

Kristin Mahan, public relations project manager:

Art Deco-inspired jewelry will continue to gain popularity. Houndstooth clothing and accessories will be hot. Thick gold chain link jewelry will complete the look.

While the jewelry counter will remain a popular place for bridal and high-end jewelry purchases, more purchases of fashion jewelry will happen through alternative online outlets like Instagram and fashion blogger sites.

Note: One day after Mahan submitted her prediction, Time.com ran an article entitled, “Shopping finally comes to social media.”

Three rubies framed by diamonds make this Art Deco right-hand ring a perfect choice for a cocktail party.  Photo © GIA and Tino Hammid, courtesy  Benjamin Zucker.

Three rubies framed by diamonds make this Art Deco right-hand ring a perfect choice for a cocktail party. Photo © GIA and Tino Hammid, courtesy Benjamin Zucker.

McKenzie Santimer, exhibit developer:
Chokers, big pendants, and a simple, classic look are going to win hearts. Industrial Chic jewelry will also be in because of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.

Note: Two days after Santimer made her prediction, fashion bloggers spotted Kim Kardashian in a choker (“Kim Kardashian Wears a Choker and You Should Too”), and Yahoo ran a feature article on “Killer Accessories Inspired by The Hunger Games.”

Alexandra Hart’s Sunflower Necklace looks like it could have been on the movie set of a dystopian thriller. The edgy piece is made of sterling silver  with 22k gold bimetal hammer-formed and linked elements. Photo by David Harrison, courtesy Alexandra Hart.

Alexandra Hart’s Sunflower Necklace looks like it could have been on the movie set of a dystopian thriller. The edgy piece is made of sterling silver with 22k gold bimetal hammer-formed and linked elements. Photo by David Harrison, courtesy Alexandra Hart.

Russ Shor, senior industry analyst:
Sales of diamond and gemstones jewelry should benefit from the accelerating economic recovery in 2015 – particularly if gas prices remain reasonable—but the diamond manufacturers will continue to be hard-pressed for profits and finance.

Rose Tozer, senior research librarian:
Jewelry that you can twist and transform into chokers and bangles will gain a hold. Monogrammed jewelry will be another way for aficionados to personalize their look.

Courtesy Ross-Simons.

An example of flexible jewelry: constructed with a silicone core, the flexible four-in-one necklace is manufactured in 18k yellow gold over sterling silver. As a necklace, it can be formed as a “Y”, a coiled choker, or in the Omega style. It can also be worn as a coiled bangle bracelet. Courtesy Ross-Simons.

Peggy Tsiamis, visual resources researcher:
Geometric jewelry was one of the hot trends in 2014, and it will continue to charm in 2015. Color blocking – making colored gemstones central to a piece and using them to create shape and form – is another trend that will be showing up in display cases. Bright, bold colors are the rule, and they will be the defining elements of a design.

Steve Workman, Jewelry Manufacturing Arts subject specialist/product development:
As the price of 3D printers continues to plummet and their quality improves, small jewelry designers and artisans will be able to produce models at an attractive price. 3D printing of precious metals (called direct laser sintering) will begin to replace the ancient lost-wax method of making jewelry (precious metal is poured into a wax model to make a piece). 3D scanning will become more affordable, allowing manufacturers to scan existing pieces, alter them in CAD, and print them on a 3D printer.

Geometric jewelry was hot in 2014. It’s a good bet that it will still be flashing on fashionistas in 2015.

Main Image photo by David Harrison, courtesy Alexandra Hart.

 

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