Here's the Scoop--MAGIC Marketplace and Accessories: The Show

Design Idea E70M Bracelet
by Susanne Kathol, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

We're back from MAGIC and Accessories: The Show and we're more excited than ever to share what's trending in jewelry and fueling the business of style from the world's largest fashion marketplace. Taking place every February and August, these shows draw thousands and thousands of people from around the world to Las Vegas to spot and shop the latest trends in apparel, footwear, accessories and jewelry.

Prominent color trends as seen at MAGIC. Find the complete FREE Spring/Summer 2016 color forecast here.

We pound the pavement, or in this case cement tradeshow floors, to discover what's hot and happening and translate this into re-creatable inspiration for designing jewelry that sells. Attendance seemed up and the shows were abuzz with activity as we logged in four days, 61,000 steps and a grand total of 37 miles to bring you the scoop on the jewelry of the moment.

Pavé Settings and Crystal Bling

Pavé settings and beads were in abundance, found in bracelets and combined with leather and other cord types for a dressed up and down mix of materials. Swarovski® crystals and glass rhinestones turn trendy ''barely there'' necklaces into sparkling statements. Bring out the bling--the crystal embellishment we saw on handbags, belts and other accessories was practically blinding.

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Pavé Style Beads and Components
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Tassels and Fringe

Everywhere we turned there were tassels, tassels and more tassels--made of leather, silk and cotton cord or thin chain. They were long, short, thick, thin, round and flat, basically any size imaginable--and, it seems, the longer the better. Tassels were used as pendants in necklaces, purse handle embellishments and even on the ends of scarves. Some of the more intriguing tassels were made with ribbon end findings and large loops so they could be used as pendants.

Fringe is a major embellishment on clothing, accessories and particularly statement necklaces. Many multi-strand fringe necklaces had a single pendant as a focal and curved tubes or metal beads. Discover more design ideas and style tips for fringe and tassel jewelry in the following FREE articles: ''Style Snapshot: Fringe Necklace'' and ''Style Snapshot: Tassel Jewelry Designs''.

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Druzy, Gemstone and More

Almost every single jewelry exhibitor had a druzy piece, whether it was a necklace, bracelet, ring or earrings. Popular metals included brass, antiqued copper and gunmetal. Gemstone beads were common in the 6mm to 8mm size and in necklace lengths of 24-36 inches. Smaller pearl beads were mixed with gemstones and faceted glass beads on single-strand necklaces.

Druzy, Gemstone and More

We spotted eye pendants. Learn more about this unique and interesting trend in these FREE articles: ''The Secret: Lovers' Eye Jewelry'', ''Eye-conography: The All-Seeing Eye'' and ''The Eyes (and Lips) Have It''. Floral motifs, dog tag style necklaces, circle-shaped rings and hand-stamped jewelry with affirmation words and layered charms were drawing attention. Discover more about hand-stamped jewelry art for creating your own special sentiments in jewelry.

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That's a wrap!

For even more seasonal style info and FREE color forecasts check out the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Spring/Summer 2016 Jewelry-Making Trends online resource.


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