Year of the Snake, trends in Jewellery

The Introduction of 2013 Year of Snake
2013 is the year of the black Snake. This 2013 year of Snake is meant for steady progress and attention to detail. Focus and discipline will be necessary for you to achieve what you set out to create. The Snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal Signs. It is the enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animals Signs. Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means that your family will not starve.

Well I don’t think I could have a snake in my house–yes, I am one of those who really doesn’t like to be around snakes. Well maybe a snake made with diamond or turquoise or gold or…..snake-jewelry such as seen on Angelina Jolie.

Did you know that Prince Albert gave Queen Victoria a snake similar to the one in the picture here for her engagement ring which then started a whole trend of snake jewellery in the Victorian era.

QVictoria-1024x737 Many things can start a trend in jewellery-news events, celebrities, colour trends and what is dictated to be in fashion all can have an influence.  Sometimes it is just because it is new and unusual  If we were to take the previous list, I think we will find some interesting jewellery trends.

News events such as the discovery of a new diamond source can start a trend– When diamonds were discovered in Canada- the trend towards ethical diamonds started-ours could be traced from the source through to the retailer.  Of course in Canada it started the trend of wearing Canadian diamonds.  Tanzanite was another trend that started with the find of the mine.  We have purple/ blue  stones that are similar  in appearance such as Amethyst, but Amethyst are not as trendy as the Tanzanite is.

Celebrities can have a big influence on jewellery from Royalty to sports stars to Movie stars.  Royalty have always been trend setters from Queen Victoria to Queen Alexandra, Princess Diana and currently Prince William”s wife Kate.  We categorize a whole grouping of Jewellery as being Victorian-talk about influence.  Queen Alexandra liked green and purple and we see these colours prominent in some of the jewellery of that time. Of course we know the trend that started when Princess Diana showed off her sapphire and diamond engagement ring–stores couldn’t keep up and the quality was everywhere from the corner fashion store to the high end retailer.  What about the trend for pink when Jennifer Lopez got a pink diamond engagement ring ?

Did you know the colour for this year is green thus we see a lot more of the emerald, peridot, green sapphire and green tourmaline in jewellery this year. Other trends that may come and go are the shape and size of stones. Pear shape was popular in the eighty’s but not so much in todays market.

How does this affect you and the value of your jewellery? One of the criteria of valuing a piece of jewellery is how popular is it? How available is it? Can it be replaced easily or will it be more difficult due to the trends and what we find being used in the market today.

Be a trendsetter yourself and make sure to buy what you like and not what everyone else is buying. What was in style and valuable today, may or may not be tomorrow?

Enjoy the month of June
Karen

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