New Season, New Start? Get Our Fashion Advice

As the relentless grey months seem to be passing and the bright blue sky making a more than welcome appearance, it can be tempting to think about blowing off the cobwebs and making a fresh start in time for spring. To help you on your way, we’ve compiled a review of winter fashion 2010/11 hits and misses and a preview of what’s in store for the new season.

In tune with the more than usually icy climate in December, warm fur boots remained a firm favourite and long-laced biker boots make an appearance – a welcome alternative to high heels when it cam to trekking to work in sub-zero temperatures or standing in long snaking queues waiting for cancelled flights. 1950s schoolboy satchels made a comeback and are set to last well into the new season thanks to their versatility as gender neutral and large enough to carry your files and lunch without the need for a trolley! The so-called man-bag briefly set the fashion world against one another – trendy chic or last-year’s fad? David Cameron’s media man may have received mixed reviews but it looks like it’s here to stay thanks to a number of celebrity and high-fashion outings for the man bag including James Long’s fabulous collection at London fashion week.

The London Fashion Week was mired in controversy after Galliano’s unexpected racist outburst but this didn’t detract from the diverse high fashions on offer. From the dark, goth-like dresses of Craig Lawrence to the suave style of Alfred Dunhill, the week showed the panelled dress and fur to be this winter’s winners.

Heading into spring, we can expect to see a lot more colour. Bright block primary colours are making a splash, particularly when it comes to accessories – check out MyWalit’s range of rainbow purses, spot on trend! A bit of patriotic colour won’t go amiss either, leading up to the royal wedding in April. Kate Middleton’s style is certainly one to watch as well – check out her penchant for Australian hats. Harem trousers seem to be making an unfortunate comeback – perfect for those size zero models but less appealing for us mere mortals. Gypsy skirts are also a fashion to keep on top off – floaty, feminine and easy to pull off, no matter what your shape, this is one fashion that it’s worth investing in. (No need to shave your legs too!)

For men, matching leather is the way to go – check out Kenneth Brownne’s elegant range of leather accessories and gift sets, many matching in colour and style. Men’s fashions are set to get increasingly casual but make sure you team this with elegant and well-chosen practical accessories like leather wallets and matching belts.

Silver Lining For Jewelry Artists in Current Crisis?

Recent news about the jewelry industry has been grim. Rapaport News reported a 19% decrease in attendance at the prestigious American Gem Trade Association show in February. Tiffany announced it will close its sixteen Iridesse Pearl Stores, opened in 2004. And from the UK is the news that Diamonds and Pearls, a large retailer, is in “administration.”

What does all this mean for the jewelry industry? JCK, an industry publication, recently concluded a series of roundtables with leading manufacturers and retailers. Their conclusions: the industry will consolidate; the credit crunch will continue to be a problem keeping inventories on both the manufacturing and retail levels low; the high price of gold continues to be a problem for manufacturers and retailers; and, both industry sectors will have to find new methods of working together.

But despite low inventory levels and the credit squeeze, retailers will have to keep their shelves stocked. Nothing scares off a potential client quicker than empty showcases. So, it is highly likely that these retailers will be far more open to accepting goods on consignment than in the past.

This is an opportunity for jewelry artists, artists who create one-of-a-kind highly collectible jewelry and who may have previously confined their sales and marketing efforts to art and craft galleries. The opportunity is to educate the consumer about the wonderful work being created by studio artists, a term that originated after WWII and refers to an artist working alone in his studio.

Although many of these artists work in high karat gold and use gemstones, a number of them use lower cost materials. And it is likely that artists who use both expensive and less expensive materials in their work are highly interested in moving their jewelry in this economic climate. So, prices which would be high in good times are probably lower.

The opportunity for artists is to expose their work to a new audience, but one that is also interested in collectible jewelry. The opportunity for jewelers is to display new work. And, the opportunity for consumers is to acquire one-of-a-kind work from artists they may be previously unaware of.

What Is The Importance Of Wholesale Jewelry Display?

In the jewelry business, having a wholesale jewelry display is essential. Marketing your jewelry becomes easier when you can showcase it for clients to see and admire. If you aim to sell it and make a profit in the business, you should make your product look as attractive as possible. A piece of jewelry can look very elegant when put on a display unit. Make your jewelry look more impressive by having a fashionably elegant box where it can be kept.

Wholesale jewelry display options

A wide selection of display units is available for your jewelry. You can choose from different display units ranging from neck displays, earring trays, adjustable neck displays, ring displays, jewelry display trays and watch displays. After choosing which display item you need, you have to choose which material your display unit should be made up of; this can be leatherette, acrylic, wood, velvet, and a whole lot more. Your choices must be appropriate for the pieces of jewelry that you like to sell.

To highlight the visual charm of the jewelry you are selling, you should know which materials go well with your jewelry. Modern jewelry designs go best on acrylic units with a white leatherette interior while gold and silver pieces of jewelry, as well as those with real or fake diamonds, will look great on wood with a velvet interior. Ethnic or tribal and fashion jewelry will basically suit a plain display unit.

A jewelry display is still significant even after you have sold the jewelry. Putting the item in an attractive box adds value and elegance to the jewelry. The box not only protects the jewelry from getting damaged, but presents it in a more impressive way. Likewise, it also preserves its beauty and elegance for many years. Costume jewelry can even look real when it comes with a case or box.

Collecting jewelry is a good form of investment. It becomes more valuable with time. Many people love to collect pieces of jewelry, including those with precious stones. When you have a collection of jewelry, it is best to have a jewelry display unit in your home so that your jewelry is protected from damage or getting misplaced and consequently lost. It will also make it easier for you to locate your jewelry whenever you need any of it.

When you are a seller of jewelry, having nice packaging for your assorted items will encourage positive feedback among your clients about how well you take care of your items. That impression will stay with your clients and will have them come back for more.

Whether the items you sell are for personal use or as a gift for someone special, having your items comes in attractive packaging will matter to the buyer. It will make your client feel important as well as making your item seem lot more valuable than it actually is.

You may think these small gestures are insignificant, but that is not true. If you are the buyer, you will feel that you are given value as a customer. This is one way you can earn the loyalty of your customers.