Maybe you think, I design jewelry, I set my own trends.
Good for you. You SHOULD set your own trends, you SHOULD promote your own design ideas.
If you only do limited production, make stuff for yourself and friends, it won't matter what's hot out there in the fashion world. BUT....if you intend to SELL your work, especially to better boutiques and maybe even department stores, you need to plan and to plan, you need to know what's going on.
The trade magazines are showing alot of the long Bohemian looks still, and cool designs with chain. I'm seeing alot of simple long chains with cool ring pendants dripping with fobs and charms. Personally I love that look---I love to see several such necklaces layered with a simple sweater and/or jacket.
HEARTS are still a big deal on big funky charm bracelets. A specialty here are the cool 50's tooling hearts and novelty charms we carry. The dies that make our charms were the same ones that made them back in the day, and we have really cool plating finishes now that really bring out the detail. A fave among our European customers at Ebay are the Love-o-Meter pendant and the spinner hearts (Love Me, Yes, No) as well as the large He Who Holds the Key Can Unlock My Heart pendant, which is a large 47-48mm heart with the imprint and the separate key. We can hardly keep it in stock!! This one looks great on our heavy silverplated rolo with a simple toggle clasp. You could possibly make one in all of ten minutes and ride the wave of trend, all at the same time.
CAMEO PENDANTS in MOUNTS hung from long chains and on charm bracelets are all the rage, as well.
I'm also seeing simple wide cuff bases with floral stampings collaged onto them. EASILY DONE!!! and we have everything you need at B'sue's, including E6000 glue and clamps.
I choose 95% of the stuff I carry at our website and at Ebay to my own taste as well as my own experience in making jewelry and selling the stuff I make as well as vintage jewelry for now almost 20 years. I don't sell stuff that's not fun and not full of possibilities. You'll be able to design to your heart's delight from our offerings!
Designers: you might want to subscribe to Accessories Magazine, the self-proclaimed "Voice" of the Industry. This is a good way to see what's coming up. Three more subs I think are vital for designers are:
I never let my subs to these journals lapse. If you don't subscribe already, go ahead and do it.