European Jewelry Trends in 2018 - "CHIBIMART"
Recently I had a chance to visit International Show in Milan - Chibimart - dedicated to jewelry and accessories, one of the most specialized exhibitions in its sector. Needless to say it was an honor to give a more detailed look at the tendencies around the world and mostly Europe.
So... What's interesting? :) I would identify the new trend in accessories as "Caring about the nature and inspired by it” (both in terms of materials used and technics).
More and more European brands now shift from using traditional metals and stones towards something more unconventional and savvy: natural leaves (www.esterbijoux.com), fabrics, recycled wood (www.ecosjewel.com) and animal bones from our meat diet, like cows (www.id-afrika.com). Nothing goes waisted!
Alongside with the materials the approach is inevitably different - recycling. It’s definitely the next step in jewelry making philosophy since this sector for centuries has been extremely lavish and consumeristic. One may even identify it as "going back to roots", but for sure sophisticated with the most modern tools and technologies available.
This all mentioned above inevitably reflects in esthetic look and deeper meaning - very creative, bold (sometimes even loud), curated in all details and most important meaningful. It looks like every artisan and the piece he/she makes want to evoke our attention towards much more thoughtful approach for the nature, want to stand out with some story and centuries' old crafting traditions...