Every season you see global influences in fashion on the catwalks and this year Indian designs have become hugely popular.
High street shops are stocking ethnic patterns and the theme has followed through to jewellery. Celebrities and fashion editors have taken the trend to heart, with the result that shoppers can’t get enough of the new look.
Each year the ethnic look returns with a different influence whether it is Africa, Peru or India and more people are starting to have the confidence to wear large statement pieces of jewellery that look stunning with the ever changing fashion.
Tribal-themed jewellery has been popular for a few years now but reappears each year in a different form. This year Indian tribes have influenced jewellery with detailed hand painted beads and natural colours.
Some people see ethnic jewellery as being quite rustic and like to make statement pieces of jewellery with wooden beads and glass beads. Layering bracelets using different styles and colours of beads is very popular and is common amongst Indian tribes, who layer their necklaces and bracelets.
Making your own ethnic jewellery can be very simple as you can use virtually any material and beads that you like. In our last blog we mentioned our new Indian glass beads that we have sourced from India and we will soon have in stock fresh water pearls, which complement the look nicely.
As you can see in the pictures, we have many beads in lots of different colours that would work well if you want to create an ethnic bracelet, necklace or pair of earrings.
We have various wooden beads, glass beads and a beautiful elephant charm that looks lovely on a bracelet. We also have some stunning Kashmiri beads and seed beads that are perfect to create the ethnic look.
Gold and bronze string materials are the best to use to create the Indian style or you could use leather cord as Indian tribes often use leather to make necklaces and bracelets.
We think ethnic jewellery is a great way to get your creative juices flowing and use beads that you wouldn’t perhaps normally use. Now summer is on its way why not have a go at making an Indian inspired piece of jewellery, it really is a fun way to use different colours and shapes.