Spring/Summer 2018 Trend Focus at IJL 2017

Spring/Summer 2018 Trend Focus at IJL 2017

This year’s Trend Focus events at IJL 2017 will give visitors an in-depth and comprehensive review of Spring/Summer 2018 jewellery trends, with daily catwalk shows revealing the key looks and collections selected by IJL’s new Trends Editor, Rachael Taylor, together with a dedicated Trends Seminar on the first day of the show.


The IJL Trends Catwalk will give an inspirational insight into the five main Spring/Summer 2018 trends, showing how best to commercially bring them to life to suit different brands and businesses.

Stunning on-trend pieces will be presented on the Trends Catwalk at the following times:
Sunday: 12:00, 14:00, 16:30, 18:00
Monday: 11:00, 12:30, 15:00
Tuesday: 12:00, 15:00


The five key themes identified as especially key to the jewellery sector for Spring/Summer 2018 are Chase The RainbowThe ArtisanThe Next Frontier and True Romance. Each will be uniquely illustrated with flagship pieces from some of the brands and designers at IJL 2017.


Innovation in jewellery craft often brings surreal colour statements. Bespoke alloys or rhodium plating can transform gold into shades of fuscia, green, purple or black, while heat transforms titanium into peacock hues to stand out from, or blend in with, gemstones.

Coloured enamel and ceramics add accents or form the basis of designs, while bright leathers, feathers and silks create tactile flashes of colour.


As technology infiltrates every aspect of our lives, a new appreciation for traditional crafts is stirred. Centuries-old jewellery techniques including filigree, mille grain, gemstone carving, granulation and enamelling are a refreshing alternative to mass production.

Jewels that appear to have been made by hand or personalised tap into consumers’ desire for experiences over purchases. Look too for jewels that mimic a couturier’s skills – metal that crumples like fabric or creates lace-like patterns; gems that evoke the lavish of brocade; ornate pearl embellishments.


The future is now. Geometric lines, 3D printing, abstract shapes and pixelated patterns make for exciting jewels inspired by the virtual worlds we inhabit. Delicate lines of diamonds or precious metal can be used to create cage shapes, spheres, open silhouettes. Jewellery embedded with tech gives us a glimpse into the future.

Yet this trend has a retro side too, with romanticised 1960s-inspired visions of space exploration translated into heavy silver designs, glittering finishes, collars and cuffs, hoop earrings, celestial motifs, metallic spheres, Perspex and acrylics, and galactic gemstones like opals.


Ladylike styles are once again back in vogue with soft colour palates, elegant cuts and sophisticated styles that echo timeless glamour. Create sugary colourways with pretty pastel gemstones such as kunzite, rose quartz, morganite, pale amethyst, chalcedony and coral.

Pearls of all shades are key to this trend, presented in modern styles as the hero of the design. Diamonds should be kept light in simple line bracelets, dotted on long chains or micro-set to create minimalist open silhouettes and fluid shapes. Botanical and floral motifs add some refined drama.


Next year’s bridal trends ooze confidence and exuberance. Dramatic bell sleeves on dresses, capes and off-the-shoulder styles bring a sense of playfulness and modernity to the wedding party, while sheer mesh with lace details in strategic places and deep V necklines and backs give dresses a sexy edge.

Statement earrings or chokers work well with bare necklines, as well as the season’s other big trend for minimalist dresses, while lustrous bright pearls perfectly illuminate the new alternative nude palette. Florals, embellishment, glamour, maximalism – this is going to be one fun wedding!


Kicking off the Sunday morning seminar programme in the Inspiration Theatre, Rachael Taylor will present an analysis of the trends in her seminar SS18 Trends: From the Catwalk to Your Store. She will discuss how retailers and buyers can best use this valuable information to benefit their business commercially.

IJL is #withyou curating the biggest catwalk and fashion trends especially for the jewellery sector. For further details, please visit: www.jewellerylondon.com/seminars. For free registration, go to: www.jewellerylondon.com/register.

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