When it’s dull, grey and drizzly outside, it’s difficult to get excited about the new season’s trends. Especially when one of the biggies for Spring/Summer ’12 is Pretty Pastels. We just can’t bring ourselves to dress up in ice cream shades when all we actually want to do is snuggle up in front of the TV with a mug of hot chocolate. The closest we’d get to pastel pink is the marshmallows floating in our cocoa.
Luckily, jewellery is one of the best ways of easing yourself into a trend slowly. By adding a small piece here and there, you can gradually build up and then bang, the sun’s here and you’re well ahead of the game.
So I’ve picked out a few pieces here that I think are a good way to introduce yourself to the Pretty Pastels trend for S/S ’12. They’re all gorgeous and each has a slight twist, so there’s something to suit all tastes and the great thing about this trend is that it will see you all through summer, so these pieces have got real staying power.
Up first is this wonderful handmade locket from The Beaut Boutique.
Floral Locket from The Beaut Boutique
The design is created using individual patches of flowers which are layered onto a gold-colour, brass locket and then sealed using varnish. The locket is 30mm x 22mm, so a good size and for only £6.00 plus £1.70 P&P, this gorgeous piece is exceptional value. Ticking both the Pretty and Pastel boxes for Spring/Summer, it also has a lovely, slightly vintage feel to it which is so hot right now.
Earrings are a great way to introduce a trend as they can be very discreet if you wear a small stud or drop style. Then, when you feel more comfortable, adding other items into the mix, like a necklace or bracelet can bring in more elements and really pull the look together.
I love these handmade drop earrings from CeeGee Jewellery (I found these on their Etsy shop, they also have their own site here).
Sea Green Lampwork Glass Earrings from CeeGee Jewellery
They are just the most gorgeous color, that lovely pale aqua green, offset perfectly by the bright, shinning sterling silver. Just stunning. And they’re only £14.00 a pair, plus £2.00 P&P.
Rings are sometimes a difficult way to adopt a trend, we tend to see a ring as an investment piece, not something that is necessarily ‘fashionable’. But it is possible to buy a ring that will stand the test of time whilst still giving a nod to a trend. Stick to classic shapes that are well made and have strong characteristics. These pieces will hold their own year after year.
To work with pastel colours, silver is the obvious choice. I found this amazing spinning gem rose quartz ring over at Rok Chix.
Spinning Gem Rose Quartz Ring from Rok Chix
The soft, brushed finish to the sterling silver gives this ring a contemporary, expensive feel and suits the cloudy quartz perfectly. And whilst the pink stone gives the piece a fresh, girly look, the squared-off finish of the setting and the exposed rivet toughens it up to give a nice contrast and balance to the ring. £45.00 and FREE P&P. Hard to resist, non?
And finally, here’s an exquisite bracelet from the lovely Ladies Who Lunch.
The Zoe Bracelet Sherbert from Ladies Who Lunch
This bracelet has a beautiful array of jade, agate, wood and crystal beads hang daintily from silver-plated links. The various shapes and cuts of the beads give this bracelet a wonderful designer look and the colours will complement any outfit through spring, well into summer. Secured with a lobster clasp, this bracelet is £28.95 plus £4.50 P&P.
So, hopefully that’s given you some inspiration and brought a splash of colour to your day?
Coming soon, Neons, the 20s (think Flapper dresses and the Charleston – heady indeed!), and Baroque! What to choose, what to choose…..
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