There's something all non-fashion types should know: shopping for your fashion-sensitive friends is now fun. Simply remember these two rules:
Jewelry is a perfect gift for loved ones.
If it's hot in Milan or Paris, they will want it.
With that in mind, here are some of the hottest European looks making it to the U.S. shops:
Outrageously elegant earrings are way in.
Forget sedate little studs or skinny hoops when shopping for a friend who loves earrings. "The bigger the better" is the current earring mantra among fashion designers. That simple stud is now gussied up and supports glittery painted medallions the size of silver dollars.
Choices are varied and stunning. A pair of silver drop earrings ends, after a long journey, in 2 large faux pearls or sterling silver tears, with or without a necklace to match. Dangling shapes, from the avant garde to the more nature-inspired, nearly graze the shoulders in artistic earrings designed for parties and special events.
Chandelier earrings are all the rage among British royals and Hollywood starlets. As the name suggests, these earrings resemble ornate crystal lighting fixtures with their many strands of cut gems. These shiny baubles are fun to shop for and a delight to receive.
Sterling silver is back.
Jewelry styles from the 70s are making a comeback in the form of sterling silver rings, bracelets, pendants, and chokers. Today's silver pieces aren't necessarily designed with Billy Jack and denim in mind, though. These simple but timeless pieces make a statement in the office that your loved one doesn't cowboy around.
Chunky sterling silver jewelry draws the eye in without being overwhelming and is the perfect compliment to simpler wardrobe choices. Silver is affordable, yet still lets you give that special someone a piece of jewelry made of precious metal.
For the fashion forward, cuff 'em on the lip or ear.
Lip cuffs in all sorts of styles are coming into vogue. Today's lip adornments let you have the pierced look without the actual piercing. Styles range from solid gold with inlaid diamonds to simpler silver hoops that look just like the real deal.
Ear cuffs are still popular, so choose a design that will commemorate a special occasion like a holiday or birthday to make a fashion-conscious pal feel like you really care.
Whether you're buying jewelry for a traditional sort or a creative type, there are so many fun and exciting options in trendy fashion jewelry, you'll find that you enjoying yourself as you find just the right surprises for the fashion-forward people on your gift list.