Style Snapshot: Loving Lavender
by Dan Day, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®

It's time to lavish some love and attention on lavender as a prominent color trend. Why is that? There's a lot more going on with lavender than meets the eye. According to color theory, lavender is a pastel, properly used to generate feelings of romance, nostalgia and "the color of femininity." It is also a favorite color for the creative and unusual, suggesting something different and unique without the deeper mystery of purple. WGSN (Worth Global Style Network) the world's premier fashion news service, informs us that lavender is the color to watch "from jewelry to luxury leather goods, casual and formal, this highlight color is edgy yet versatile ... and is an emerging color for both men and women."

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads travels to leading jewelry and accessory tradeshows, including the MAGIC Marketplace and Accessories, The Show, and utilizes WGSN as a reference to identify key trends in accessory design. Working with the Color Association of America has enabled the development of the Color Forecast that jewelry designers can use for creating stylish jewelry and accessories for each season.

Several hundred lavender-colored products are available from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads including amethyst, Czech fire-polished glass beads and Swarovski crystals. Here are some Design Ideas using lavender for a bracelet, earrings and necklace to get your creative ideas flowing. Lavender works across a range of textures from dusty tones and matte acrylic to metallic foils. It also works well with white tones, neutrals and other purple tones and works nicely with other pastels, as well as other cool tones like blue and green. In the fashion world, shoes, hats, purses and sunglasses have all been spotted sporting lavender. Here is an opportunity to embellish accessory items like those with a touch of lavender using, for example, some glue and Swarovski flat back rhinestone crystals. Enjoy the new possibilities with lavender!

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Single-Strand Necklace with Lavender Fluorite and Amethyst Gemstone Beads and Sterling Silver Bead Caps

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