[dropcap]I[/dropcap] am particularly fond of squares. Rectangles and triangles are good, too, but I love squares. My current project using square shaped Dog Tooth Amethyst stones to make a square pendant is proof. To me, a square is the epitome of harmony, organization, and order.
So, I thought it was humorous when I read this on the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) blog: “Researchers have determined that ‘certain patterns can reduce stress levels by as much as 60 percent.’”
Now I understand my affinity toward squares and other geometric patterns. I do crave harmony, organization, and order.
But there’s more good news. According to GIA experts, geometric jewelry will be popular again in 2015! Apparently, jewelry made using simple shapes has been cycling in and out of style for years and years.
- During the Art Deco era (1920s – 1930s), the boldness of the era (e.g. skyscrapers, airplanes, automobiles) drove fashion, including jewelry, to be just as bold with geometric shapes. Think Downton Abbey and Great Gatsby style.
- Then, near and dear to my heart, the 1960s and 1970s saw a revival of geometric design in clothing and jewelry. Does anyone remember Twiggy? Op art?
- And now in 2014- 2015, the geometric jewelry trend is back! It is reported that Angelina Jolie was spotted wearing hoop earrings!
Obviously, I’m no slave to trends. I do feel strongly about wearing what works for me, and enjoying all my jewelry, even the pieces that I wore back in the Flower Power years.
And when I make jewelry, I always make what I love. So count on seeing more squares and other such shapes in my future jewelry projects posts.