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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Spring 2011 Colors and Jewelry Trends

Today is Groundhog Day, and Punxsutawney Phil has predicted an early Spring!  Woo hoo!   (Okay, his accuracy rate is is only 39%, but that's still better than some of the human weather forecasters!)  Though we've had very cold days here in North Carolina, today the temperature is in the 60s and I've opened the windows wide for a breath of fresh air.  It is duly noted that right now half of the country is under severe snow storms, and I hope you all are faring well and staying warm.

Whether Spring is early or "on time", it's time to think about the trends!  If you are a handmade artist, it's important to know what colors and styles people will be wearing in the upcoming seasons. 

The Spring of 2011 is going to bring big and chunky.  Geometric and and complex.  Metallic and colorful.  Really, there is something for everyone. 

Pantone is the place to go if you're looking for the HOT colors.  What do you think of  Pantone's trending colors for Spring 2011?  For your best color combinations, be sure to use a color wheel.  For more detail on how to use one, check out Wikipedia's article.   
A 1908 color wheel with red, green, and violet "plus colors" and magenta, yellow, and cyan blue "minus colors"

According to, bangles are going to be hot this season.  You can see the latest fashion trends, including those chunky necklaces and oversized bangles here.

According to,  the upcoming trends include eco and do-it-yourself, flora & fauna, military and urban futuristic, maritime & multi-ethnic, vintage & retro-romantic.  Not sure what some of those styles are?  You can check out their article here. is talking about cabochons, tassel and fringe, clean and architectural, plastics and perspex (60s, anyone?), and Rose-Gold.  Find lots of pretty examples of these types of jewelry in their article here.

How are you going to incorporate these styles and colors into your handmade items?  What type of jewelry do you think you'll see the most of, and that you'll wear yourself?

I'd love to see what you're creating for Spring.  Leave a link to your favorite Spring item in the comments!


  1. Awesome blog post! Thanks for the info!!

  2. Great post. Thanks for the info :) Good to know when designing!

  3. Great info...I just love the spring colors! Thanks :)

  4. Great those colors anyway! :)


  5. What a awesome post !! Thanks for doing some digging.

  6. wow!!! thanks for gathering up all this fantastic info!!! I especially find the spring pantone colors helpful!!!!
    Thanks again!

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  8. Great Blog! I've been blogging about the 2011 Trends, too, just a different perspective. Check mine out!