The Call of Chinoiserie

Design Idea B23D Earrings
by Susanne Kathol, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Earrings Asian-inspired art, fashion and design--known as Chinoiserie--is turning heads on this season's runways and is poised to be this summer's most sought-after style. A trend with staying power, Asian motifs can be beautifully translated into exquisite jewelry.

The Asian-inspired elements found in this season's most notable designs include intricate and oversized florals, cranes, elephants, foliage and water scenes, birds and Asian symbols. Floral inspiration can be found in the form of irises, chrysanthemums, daisies and cherry blossoms. The twelve animals associated with the Chinese calendar are also being incorporated into designs, including the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

This design influence can be incorporated into many different styles of jewelry including multi-strand necklaces, chunky bracelets and chandelier earrings and can be used in casual or more formal designs. Design with "jade," cloisonné and bamboo beads and components for stately on-trend pieces. Asian motifs, such as cherry blossoms and cranes are seen on Capiz shell, porcelain and cloisonné beads, links and pendants.

Tassel jewelry, made from chain or silk cord, falls right in line with this style direction. Add tassel embellishment to your handmade Tensha beads with Asian-inspired floral designs for rich detail. Gold and gold-colored beads and components are prominent, complementing the intricately detailed elements for dramatic pieces. Chinoiserie jewelry dresses up minimalistic outfits and brings a look of worldly sophistication.

Carved bamboo, wood and gemstone beads in Asian motifs give Chinoiserie-style jewelry dimension and visual interest. Incorporate special meaning into jewelry with Chinese symbols for good luck, fortune, long life and love--available in clasps, beads, charms and pendants.

Enhance Chinoiserie jewelry displays and presentations with gift pouches, boxes and home décor items inspired by the Far East.

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