Sunday, March 30, 2008

Colors of Spring

Tip of the Day:

Are you overwhelmed with too much Spring color? White can be your antidote - add white to colorful outfits - or add splashes and dashes of color to a white ensemble.

I'm working on several white jewelry pieces - a howelite donut and a woven pendant in howelite. Stay tuned for more details and photos.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Spring!

Here in Florida, the azaleas are blooming in lovely, subtle shades of pink and red and white amidst the deep green foliage. To celebrate Spring, I have posted a photo of the completed Infinited Horizons necklace. Click here if you'd like to take a look.

On the fashion scene, along with the jewel-tones we're already seeing and some basic neutral shades of sand and ecru for summer, neon colors are about to make a big splash on the fashion scene. Fashion is pushing fluorescent and iridescent nuances in the mood for spring and experts suggest dashes of flash teamed with those sandy neutral shades. Wonderful! I'll create some jewelry that incorporates those striking neon yellow beads I accidentally purchased a while back! Soft, fluid fabrics are also making an appearance.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Making Some Changes

You'll notice some changes in this blog in the coming days. Please e-mail me and comment on what you think.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Catching up - spring is here!

The fashion shows in New York and Europe have ended. I’d like to tell you about what I see as the fashion forecast for Spring into Summer. I believe we'll see lots of natural elements and natural colors figuring in clothing and jewelry designs in 2008. Mixed with crystals, pearls, and gemstones, natural materials produce an eclectic look. Rich colors including purple and burgundy, vibrant shades of green will be featured in jewelry. Clothing colors will be bright, but flattering shades – mint green, ocean blue, rich citrus yellow, lilac, and crimson, for example.




High-tech looks in jewelry are going to be in, too. I love combinations such as black onyx with smoky quartz combined with the textures of bright silver (hand-wound beads of silver wire). Black and white combinations will continue to be popular as well. Metals contribute a sleek modern look to designs.




Jewelry will also feature some larger bolder designs than we’ve seen recently. My new Infinite Horizons Collection includes some definitely bold pieces! For some pieces in this line I’ve combined hematite with some of my hand-wound silver beads and Swarovski crystals. I’ll include some cuff bracelets in this line, too.




Some of my new designs with feature combinations of silver and gold. Each metal brings out the richness of the other. The combination of the two metals provides a totally different look. Look for elegant gemstone pendants in silver and gold, coming soon for Spring and Summer. Longer necklaces – medallions and other pendants should play well against the high necklines that are forecast. Pearls are always interesting and there are so many different shapes, sizes, and colors to chose. I’ve been intrigued with little peacock potato pearls that work in so many designs and color combinations. I plan to use more pearls in my pieces this year.




I’m really excited! March 16, 2008 Jewelry Connection interview went really well. You can watch the background video I posted earlier and if you visit the site (www.nowlive.com/mona77401) you can see the podcast of the program.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

New Lens on Squidoo.com

I've just created a new lens on Squidoo.com. This new lens is all about creating wearable art using handweaving techniques.




click here to view my lens