12 Jewelry Trends for 2013: 10 Costume Jewels to Covet

Every month from now until JCK Las Vegas 2013, I’ll highlight one trend from the 12 Jewelry Trends for 2013 post on my Style 360 blog—an editorial first look at new collections worldwide and expert market analysis on jewelry trends and new products. My colleague, Brittany Siminitz, manager of JCK Marketplace, an expansive online showroom of gorgeous merchandise sold at the JCK shows, will do the same on her On Your Market blog.

Let’s face it: costume jewelry—gold-plated brass and bronze, crystals, Lucite, and even silver, according to some—is abundant in store cases nationwide. When the economy took a nosedive about five years ago, jewelers turned to less expensive but well-made costume pieces to help fuel sales. Lines like Alexis Bittar and Rebecca offered chic looks at entry-level prices that fine jewelry store shoppers ultimately snapped up in the absence of funds to buy their tonier tokens. And when you factor in this year’s loose-fitting silhouettes and denim (a poster child for informal apparel), costume creations seem all the more on trend.


Melinda Maria earrings in 14k gold-plated brass with CZ

Earrings in 14k gold-plated brass with cubic zirconia, $120; Melinda Maria

Presh by Nicole Apostoli in leather with brass, glass, and quartz


Cuff in leather with brass, glass beads, and quartz, $130; Presh by Nicole Apostoli

Isharya rings in 18k gold-plated bronze with CZ 

Rings in 18k gold-plated bronze with cubic zirconia, $148 for trio; Isharya

Susan Hanover 14k gold-plated brass cuff with Swarovski crystals

Cuff in 14k gold-plated brass with Swarovski crystals, $180; Susan Hanover

Ozatu Couture for Swarovski bracelet in 14k gold-plated brass with Swarovski crystals

Bracelet from the fall-winter 2013–14 collection in 14k gold-plated brass with Swarovski crystals and pearls, $335; Rodrigo Otazu for Swarovski Gems

Dana Kellin necklace in gold fill with gemstones

Necklace in 14k gold fill with natural coral, carnelian, chalcedony, peridot, aquamarine, quartz, and amethyst beads, $340; Dana Kellin at Fragments

Paige Novick gold-plated brass necklace with white enamel and Swarovski crystals

Tulum necklace in 24k gold-plated brass with white enamel insets and Swarovski crystals, $425; PaigeNovick.com

Miguel Ases earrings in 14k gold fill with mother of pearl and manmade stones

Earrings in 14k gold fill with natural mother-of-pearl and manmade stones, $435; Miguel Ases at Fragments

Daniel Espinosa

Hammered necklace in 18k gold-plated brass; $550; Daniel Espinosa

Basile & Pape

Caro Dio necklace with 55 bronze spikes and rivets in the chain, a bronze cross with 74 micro spikes, flames with 24.55 cts. t.w. rubies, orange sapphires, and citrines, with a 24k gold-plated bronze pendant with green crystal, $9,995; Basile & Pape

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