by Susanne Kathol, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
"Inspired by the most distant corners of the galaxy the hologram mirror metallic trend took many of the most recent runways by storm….or meteor shower shall we say. All categories of accessories will be affected and we expect it will last through the fall."
- Accessories Trend Finder, Spring 2013
See yourself in this trend--literally! Inspired by out-of-this-world brilliance, this reflective style is transporting fashion to a whole new galaxy. Runways are flashier than ever this season as holographic elements, oil slick and mirror surfaces are impossible to miss in handbags, shoes, sunglasses and most notably, jewelry. Incorporate this captivating style into wearable jewelry with Swarovski crystal, opal beads and cabochons, Czech pressed glass beads, shiny metal beads and mirror beads for an on-trend array of spectacular pieces.
Create this sought after effect with Swarovski crystal. Explore Swarovski custom coatings, special effects, AB and AB2X finishes as well as foil back fancy stones and rhinestones for mirror-inspired results. The precision faceting combined with expert coatings is unmistakably gorgeous, reflecting a one-of-kind style. Design with Apoxie® Sculpt or Almost Instant Jewelry® settings, as seen in the design ideas above, for stellar statements.
Expand your materials lists this season to include Czech pressed glass beads in shiny metallic finishes and mirror beads. The reflective surfaces bring intrigue, depth and dimension to jewelry. And add holographic elements to designs with opal cabochons and beads or sea "opal" glass beads. Shiny metals, such as seamless sterling silver and gold beads, can also produce a similar effect.
Flashy beads and components can be used as a focal point or as accents within a piece, or the entire design can shine bright. Perfect for outdoor events, such as weddings, or evening occasions with bright lights, this style direction is sure to catch lots of attention.
We would like to share some of the customer comments we received in response to the article "Make Your Own Beads and Components," as featured in an email newsletter. Please keep in mind that the comments expressed below are those of our customers and do not reflect the views of Fire Mountain Gems and Beads.
"Makes me excited to start crafting with beads again."
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