Gold is Stepping Up to the Plate in 2016

Although gold prices might be wavering in market trends, the precious metal is boldly making a statement in jewelry trends for 2016. Julia Roberts stood out among the celebrities adorning the Red Carpet with her audacious necklace possessing countless gems set in 18k yellow gold.

Fashionistas and jewelers are taking notice of this trend and are advising others to incorporate gold pieces to their wardrobe. Sandra Yakovleva comments on the Top 7 Jewelry Trends for 2016 and lists gold as her third trend to look out for:

3. Gold, structured jewelry

A personal favorite of mine. There is something timeless about the elegance of gold juxtaposed with a structured jewelry item. We’ve seen them in stores for a few years now I believe, but gold is about to become one of the most prominent palettes in the fashion industry. Combined with a structured piece gives you that prized possession that can work for any occasion. With anything.

See full list of 2016 trends here.

Gold is not a new phenomenon in the jewelry industry, but with its versatility to come in various hues it has become a highly sought after metal. Ali Brownrigg gives a lesson on What to Know About Gold in her recent article on Cut & Polish:

The best thing about gold (aside from its lustrous beauty) is the number of hues it comes in. Learn the difference between rose, white, and yellow gold, and the scoop on karats.

The Rainbow Connection
Gold is most commonly found in three colors: yellow, white, and rose, but if you double-down on your Internet skills you can also find green, red, blue, even purple. How is that possible? While gold is naturally yellow, the color of the metal can be manipulated by mixing it with other metal alloys when molten.

For example, if silver (or other white metals such as nickel or palladium) is added to pure gold, the gold becomes less yellow, whiter in hue, and called white gold. White gold is often plated with another metal called rhodium—closely related to platinum—that provides an extra bright silvery-white finish and helps protect the metal. This is the version of white gold you’ll find in most fine jewelry today. While the rhodium finish can fade over time, a simple re-plating is all it takes to bring back its original shine.

When copper, which is a reddish hue, is added to yellow gold, the metal takes on a pinkish shade referred to as rose gold. (Aluminum is the alloy that makes gold purple, by the way.)

Read the rest of the article here.

So as we continue our journey into 2016, consider adding gold jewelry to your wardrobe and don’t be afraid to mix it up. It’s no longer frowned upon to wear gold and silver at the same time.

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