One trend for spring 2009 is a style that allows a designer to make the most of an oval, circular, floral or starburst design repeatedly and with limited to no variation: a necklace from which the design component is suspended in multiples from a necklace base.
This idea is showing up in a range of price points and in fine and costume jewelry designs. The base might be a simple chain or something more elaborate or sparkly. Five elements might be strung across the necklace, or a larger number can be used for a multi-tier effect.
[Left, Austrian crystal necklace from R.J. Graziano; right, crystal cameo necklace from Janis by Janis Savitt for Vera Wang; both from the March 2009 issue of Elle magazine.]
The design element can be sizable, varied in size, or quite small and repeated in greater numbers.
[Necklace by Bebe from current ad.]
As you will recall, we saw this design idea executed in diamonds in the 19th century Fred Leighton necklaces worn by Taraji P. Henson and Amanda Seyfried at the recent Academy Awards.
Collecting like objects gives a sense of abundance, and the whole can be much greater than the sum of its parts. Moreover, one might say this is a design where a designer need not reinvent the wheel. (Please pardon the pun.)