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New Swarovski Innovations and a Fun Contest

August 30th, 2016 · No Comments

Swarovski has announced their Innovations for Fall/Winter 2017/18 and we’re so excited to dive into the new colors, shapes, effects, and more! So excited, in fact, that we are running a cool contest where you can help us give the new pearl coating a nickname. Take a look at a little sneak peek of the Innovations below and learn more about our exciting contest. Shop these Innovations here.

Swarovski Innovations Fall/Winter 2017/18

Innovations Sneak Peek – The Nature of Us

These Innovations are all about what defines us and how we express ourselves. With that in mind, these items are great for expressing yourself any way you want. The wide array of new colors, effects, and components celebrate this movement toward more understanding and acceptance.

New Colors and Effects

Rainbow Dark

Rainbow Dark

This effect features a unique metallic shine with a dark, oily pattern on top of the crystal that creates a multicolor look. With this effect, the rules are thrown out and stereotypes are defied! The pattern is unique on every piece, giving you a variety of options for your designs. This look is sure to add edgy glamour to your style, along with lots of color.

Shiny Lacquer Effects

Shiny Lacquer

The new shiny lacquer effects feature a shiny surface and an opaque backside, for a look where sophisticated shine meets refined sparkle. Available in six colors, these effects fall somewhere between the crystal powder effects and opal colors. Find Ivory Cream, Dark Red, Dark Grey, Royal Red, Royal Blue, and Royal Green.

Pearl Coating: Iridescent Red

Iridescent Red Pearl

Oscillating between red and gray tones, this pearl coating merges seemingly impossible extremes. The iridescent look is created by the smooth blending of dark elephant gray in the center, surrounded by a rich and dark wine red color. This cool and edgy pearl coating is both matte and shiny at the same time.

Name it and Win!

We love the look of this pearl coating so much, we want your help giving it a fun new nickname!

***Update: This contest has ended, you voted for your favorite nickname suggestions and now we have a winner:

Lunar Sunset

Congratulations to Renee M! Her suggestion of Lunar Sunset won, and now she’ll receive the components to make a Pearl Panache necklace in the new color. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Tribute to Tribe Designed by Celine Cousteau

Tribute to Tribe

These next components were designed by Celine Cousteau, marine conservationist, humanitarian, and granddaughter of legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau. You may have seen her Ocean Mysteries collection from the last Innovations launch, inspired by the depths of the ocean. This new collection includes tribal-inspired designs that remind us what it means to belong to the “human tribe”. The collection includes the oval tribe fancy stone, the rhombus tribe fancy stone, and the cross tribe pendant.

New Products and Line Extensions

Oval Rivoli Fancy Stone

Oval Rivoli

This shape features the beautiful rivoli cut with 16 straight and very precise facets. It’s perfect for combining with other pieces in the rivoli assortment. Its versatility ensures that you can use it in many styles, from rock ‘n’ roll glamour looks and refined styles, to cross-cultural mash-ups and futuristic designs.

Kite Fancy Stone

Kite Fancy Stone

This stone is shaped like a slim kite with a brilliant and contemporary cut. You can use this graphic and modern shape to create floral and mosaic designs, or use it as a standalone piece. The reduced height and weight of this stone make it ideal for ring, earring, and textile applications.

Raindrop Flatback

Raindrop Flatback

This is a smaller version of the raindrop flatback, and we love this one just as much as the larger sizes! At 6×1.7mm in size, it’s great for use in nail art or decorating other projects with limited space. Try embellishing eyewear with this fun flatback.

Triangle Alpha, Beta, and Gamma Flatbacks

Triangle Flatbacks

Mix and match these triangle flatbacks! They feature geometric triangle shapes that can be used to create wonderful mosaic-like combinations – you can even bring them together to form a square. With these triangles, individual style has no limits.

We’re so excited to start playing with these Swarovski Innovations as soon as they arrive in our warehouse. Be the first to know that they have arrived by signing up for our newsletter. You’ll receive an email as soon as they are ready to ship, and you’ll stay up to date on other cool Artbeads happenings, like sales, promotions, and more.

We’d love to know what you’re most excited about in this Innovations launch, so make sure to share with us in the comments below, or on our Facebook page. In the meantime, we’ll still be drooling over this sneak peek!

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Explore the Pantone Color Report for Fall 2016

August 19th, 2016 · 3 Comments

Summer is slowly coming to a close, as much as all you summer lovers out there cling to your pool floaties and iced coffees! Once the weather turns, it’s time for a wardrobe update, complete with scarves, boots, and fabulous accessories. If you’re stumped as to what colors you should incorporate into your fall wardrobe, have no fear! Pantone has you covered with their Fashion Color Report for Fall 2016.

The Fall 2016 color palette is led by the blue family, yet finds a firm anchor with earth tones. Exuberant pops of vibrant color also appear, making fall fashion just as exciting as summer (Hot latte sippers and pumpkin patch purveyors rejoice!). Let’s take a look at the top 10 colors for the season, along with Swarovski beads and jewelry ideas we think are a perfect match to each color.

Riverside

Riverside

Riverside is a new blue shade that takes precedence in fall fashion. It’s a cool and calming tone that also offers a strong and stable look to your style. You’ll love the subtle vibrancy and sophistication. We think Swarovski’s Capri Blue and Lapis beads are a great option for this new shade! Check out Artbeads Designer Cynthia’s Misty Fjords bracelet for a jewelry design dominated by this blue beauty.

Airy Blue

Airy Blue

Another lovely blue hue, Airy Blue has a lofty nature, which evokes feelings of lightness and freedom. It’s also a great complement to Serenity, a Pantone Color of the Year for 2016. This shade offers a fresh approach to your style! Try Swarovski’s Air Blue Opal for a heavenly look. Light Blue crystal pearls also offer up the perfect touch of Airy Blue color. Be sure to take a look at our Glacial Wonder bracelet – it features blue lace agate gemstone beads that are a great way to rock this shade in the fall!

Sharkskin

Sharkskin

No one will be running from this Sharkskin shade this season! This edgy color still manages to remain neutral, so you can pair it with almost any fall color, from the very bright to the subtle and muted. The Swarovski Crystal Comet Argent Light effect is a wonderful blend of metallic silver and clear crystal that will make a nice representation of this new color. Also try Grey crystal pearls as an homage to the sleek sheen of Sharkskin. The beads in our Steel Sky bracelet are the perfect match for this color, especially the pointed pyramid hex beads!

Aurora Red

Aurora Red

A classic punch of red is always a great choice in any season. This warm and sensual version of red is exciting and dynamic, as it is immediately pleasing to the eye and breeds unmistakable confidence. Bring the warm and bold call of Aurora Red to your jewelry designs with Swarovski’s Hyacinth and Red Coral. Our Papillon earrings are a great example of how accents of flashy red can really warm up a piece.

Warm Taupe

Warm Taupe

This hearty, pleasing, and approachable neutral is such a treat to pair with any of the top 10 shades this season. This organic and grounded hue makes for a timeless choice in any look – we’re even seeing it as a popular choice for bridesmaid’s dresses! Light Smoked Topaz and Bronze Swarovski beads are both a wonderful complement to this color. Take a look at Katie Hacker’s Continuous Style necklace for Warm Taupe inspiration. It blends the timeless look of knotted pearls with fashionable and equally timeless neutral hues like this one.

Dusty Cedar

Dusty Cedar

We’re loving this warm and welcoming color for fall, as it’s a great way to add pinks into your fall and winter wardrobe. It’s also a lovely nod to Color of the Year Rose Quartz. We think Swarovski’s Padparadscha and Rose Peach colors are a beautiful complement to this hue. Artbeads Designer Cheri’s Alexandria bracelet is such a perfect look for fall style! It features Dusty Cedar shades along with sweet golden browns.

Lush Meadow

Lush Meadow

Here’s another exciting hue for your fall wardrobe! It brings to mind fresh botanicals and foliage, so it will keep your style alive even as leaves fall from every tree. This rich and elegant color has a panache and a brightness that elevates it from more natural greens, giving it a more glamorous feel. Emerald bicones are a great choice for this color and Scarabaeus Green pearls have just as much depth as this hue. Cheri’s Lady Macbeth crochet necklace combines rich green thread with Scarabaeus Green pearls for a lush look to match this fabulous color!

Spicy Mustard

Spicy Mustard

This exotic color bounces elegantly off the other colors in the palette. Like Aurora Red, it adds another splash of uplifting vibrancy – something much needed in the colder months of fall! You’ll love adding this spicy, zesty yellow to your looks for an unexpected and unusual twist. Swarovski’s Topaz and Bright Gold beads are a great way to incorporate the hue into your jewelry designs. As our Desert Dandelion earrings show, just a dash of Spicy Mustard really makes a splash!

Potter’s Clay

Potters Clay

Oh how we love the warm look of Potter’s Clay! This neutral earth tone makes for a strong foundation for fall style, as it’s a color often found in autumn leaves. Layer it into your style for that ultimate fall feeling. Combine Crystal Copper and Bordeaux beads for a look that speaks to this hue. Our Terracotta Dawn bracelet showcases SuperDuos and seed beads in the perfect colors for this trend.

Bodacious

Bodacious

Bodacious is an unexpected treat in fall that can be used with pinks and reds for a vibrant look. This lovely color will help you turn fashion accents into fashion statements! We love Swarovski’s Amethyst and Powder Rose for complementing this shade. Check out our Princess Twist headband for an easy way to add Bodacious color to your style.

There you have it, Pantone’s top 10 colors for this upcoming fall season. If you’d like a handy reference of our Swarovski picks to go along with these colors, check out this infographic:

Pantone and Swarovski Fall 2016 Colors

We can’t wait to start playing with these colors in our designs. So, what colors will be using in your fall jewelry designs? Which of these are your favorites? Tell us in the comments below or share on our Facebook page. We always love seeing what you’re making, so feel free to add a picture!

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