Design Idea D60K Necklace and Earrings
by Anne Marie Hunter, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

It's a bloom boom!

Who says flowers are just for spring? Everything's coming up roses! And, peonies, and orchids and ... Designers and fashion followers around the world love flowers and are keeping this garden party going all year round.

Style Snapshot: Crystal Flower Power The floral trend is exuberant, trading sweetness for an artsy sense of cool and winking past dainty flowers towards their bigger, bolder sisters. It's a botanical garden with flowers that are hyper-hued explosions of color, larger than life and cheerful with a touch of the exotic.

Many designers came to the latest shows with their own bouquets in hand. Kate Spade's renowned leather bags were given new life as green watering cans and rose flower pots. Enormous orchids and lotus blossoms were the fleurs du jour for Fendi. With cutting-edge, rock club style, pink, red and white blooms electrified on a black background in Alexander McQueen's pieces. Flowers bloomed throughout much of Oscar de la Renta's collection, from interior design to accessories. Embellished with leaves or branches, tropical resin flowers were the centerpiece for many of his jewelry designs.

This trend will inspire your inner flower child. Design jewelry to greet this blooming season with resin, acrylic, porcelain, metal, lampworked glass floral components and more. Then, add some for some flower pizzazz.

Create your own version of Jamie's Crystal Garden using Swarovski filigree flowers, beautifully bundled with other flower components. Discover the fun of a mixed bouquet using acrylic flowers with rhinestone bead centers, as seen in Flowers are Forever. TierraCast® settings, Swarovski Baroque drops and a cushion fancy stone come together with chain for a sophisticated interpretation of this trend in Ruby Delight.

Cultivate more flower possibilities with glass petal beads or pearls in stick or potato shapes and embellish with flat back crystals. Crystal beads add breadth and dimension to blossoms. And, Swarovski crystal lilies will bring a sleek, avant-garde look to floral-inspired designs.

Some trends are so happy and smile-worthy, they stay in bloom with no chance of wilting. Embrace the crystal flower trend and plant your own sunny garden of floral-inspired jewelry.
Style Snapshot: Crystal Flower Power

Style Snapshot: Crystal Flower Power Style Snapshot: Crystal Flower Power

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