Las Vegas Strip jewelry trends

August 6, 2007

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I just returned from my trip to Las Vegas, and I thought I’d jot down my impressions of the current jewelry trends on The Strip. I found them to be typical of the trends we’ve seen over the past few years in other parts of the country, with just a touch of extra Las Vegas bling.

First, not surprisingly, glitter and sparkles are everywhere. I saw crystal rhinestone jewelry on display in lots of shops, as well as rhinestone-encrusted other-things, like little boxes and handbags. I didn’t, however, notice too many women actually wearing rhinestone jewelry. (One notable exception was a pop singer performing onstage.)

Big, chunky, faceted, translucent faux-gemstones linked into chains were displayed in most of the boutiques. To me, as a jewelry artisan, most of them (even the expensive ones) looked to be lower quality than necessary.

charmneck.jpgThe most common metals were gold and bronze-tone, although I also noticed some interesting copper-tone pieces and a decent amount of silver-tone.

Layered necklaces and multi-strand beaded bracelets were everywhere, as were multiple, eclectic charms and drops.

Earrings were mostly large and bold, and very-large hoops were especially prominent. I noticed them both in the boutiques and being worn by many of the women wandering The Strip.

Most finger rings featured over-sized, faceted jewels – another trend we’ve seen a lot of in past years.

As for other accessories, I’d say that flip-flops (some with rhinestones, of course!) and over-sized, high-end sunglasses were the biggest must-haves.

By the way, The Strip itself has undergone significant changes in recent years, with big, new, clean casinos and lots of fun boutiques and shops. If you haven’t been there for a while, consider paying a visit. I’m not a big gambler, but I really had fun (and the food was fantastic).

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