Style Snapshot: Royal Blues Style Snapshot: Royal Blues
by Susanne Kathol, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

According to the Worth Global Style Network (WGSN), one of the leading online trend analysis and research services, sapphire blue is being ushered in as a key jewelry color for fall and winter 2011-12. Where does this inspiration come from? The royal wedding of course…

Photo Courtesy of WGSN

In November of 2010, Prince William presented his bride-to-be, Kate Middleton, his late mother's 18-carat oval blue sapphire engagement ring. This sent the jewelry industry into overdrive, making it one of the most famous pieces of jewelry in the world. Paired with a now famous blue wrap dress, Kate Middleton showcased the ring to the world. Since then, the significance of this ring and its color has filtered into a wide range of designer collections for the fall/winter 2011-2012 season.

As September's birthstone, the timing couldn't be better. Sapphires are one of the most precious, historically important and valuable gemstones. The next hardest stones after diamonds, sapphires are valued for their strong luster and hardness. Sapphire jewelry can stand the test of time, being worn in both rings and bracelets without being scratched. This gives sapphire and sapphire-inspired jewelry a sense of longevity and brings an heirloom quality to each piece.

The good news is you don't have to use real sapphires to create this royal look. Materials ranging from acrylic, to natural stones, crystals and glass can be used to bring a modern feel to this hot color trend. Treat your customers to a princess-inspired collection by incorporating this royal color into your designs.

The versatile and regal color makes a great accent, focal or overall theme in jewelry designs. Blue is already one of the most popular colors, symbolizing loyalty, peacefulness and tranquility. So as you plan your fall/winter jewelry lines, you can't go wrong with sapphire-blue materials.

Sapphire blue works well with all different types of metals and is also stunning when blended with other shades of blue. The Swarovski crystal and Celestial Crystal® shop-by-color menu selections make it easy to incorporate this color into jewelry designs. View sapphire blue on the virtual color wheel tool to select accompanying colors to design with. Here are some product suggestions and design ideas for creative inspiration…

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Resources: Information compiled from WGSN Trend Report: A/W 11/12 Royal Blues: Jewellery Inspiration by Nicholas King, WGSN, May 3, 2011

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