by Sam Niemeyer, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

The style "statement"--that jaw-dropping look or accessory that makes an indelible impression whenever it's seen--has been capturing attention in one form or another since the dawn of fashion.

Design Idea C12V Earrings Statements over the last half century include beehive hairdos in the '60s, huge shoulder pads in the '80s, oversized sunglasses in the '00s--and throughout these trends, statement EARRING styles have remained an area of constant experimentation and expansion. Now more than ever, the widespread appeal of bigger-bolder-better earring styles offers a fertile fashion frontier for inspired jewelry designer-artists and fashionable wearers.

Statement earrings don't have a particular set of rules regarding color, style or materials, but what they do have in common is that they are BIG. Enormous unique focals, dangling crystals and gem drops, ear cuffs, long streams of feathers and tassels are all classy choices for making a statement. These bold accessories can reach the bottom of the chin or hang dramatically down to the collar bone. For spring, designers are featuring natural influences including butterflies, fruit and foliage such as Dolce and Gabbana's tomato earrings.

One of the most popular styles of statement earrings for this season is the extra-large statement hoop. To see who's inspiring this fashion trend, look no further than the bold women from the cast of the reality show Basketball Wives. They have popularized massive hoops designed by Amber eUnique for her line POParazzi as everyday wear for women and brought rhinestone-studded beads and eye-catching peacock feathers to the forefront of fashion.

To design your own statement earrings, start with a large hoop or build your own using full-hard wire, and add any large hole beads or components. Or, start with an earwire and Lazer Lace™ filigree component and create amazing shoulder dusters with unfinished chain and dangles. To gain the size without the weight, feathers and tassels are not only popular but lightweight.
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