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Design Trend: Old World Church Chic

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While I’ve known for a long time that I suffer from chronic wanderlust, I’ve noticed that lately the jewelry I make has a touch of wanderlust, too. (It must be contagious.)

I see trends in the pieces I make. Sometimes I’ll find that for the fifth night in a row, I’m making something with antique brass findings, or maybe blue gemstones. (Don’t worry: I won’t call it a “Blue Period.”) Sometimes I’ll be on a serious lever-back earring kick. And then there are the style trends that I see in my work. Pieces will be sleek and uncluttered for awhile. Then when that gets boring, I’ll muss up my designs with more embellishment or more color.

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I think the most interest trends are the one inspired by different design muses. Summer fiestas, beach combing vacations, and urban hipsters have all inspired lines of jewelry for me. I love these design trends because they’re real: they’re tied to a living person’s experiences, not some contrived 2011 Trend Report. (On the horizon I can feel a very real Sundance epoch approaching, by the way!)

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But back to my wanderlust-inspired jewelry. Lately my pieces have been looking rich and Old World. A series of earrings I made looks like they just came back from touring the great churches of Europe. The earrings feature design elements reminiscent of Spanish ironwork, and Moorish windows, and gothic stained glass. And I love their aesthetic: there is a pleasing balance of bold design, with lacy detailing. Rich and transcendent, but intricate and artistic.

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So, thanks to my wanderlust-sick jewelry, I declare the newest “this next” trend: Old World Church Chic. (You heard it here first.)