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The Hottest Jewelry Trends of Summer 2017

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As the sun decides to linger high and bright in the sky for a little longer this time of year, we at Abby Sparks Jewelry see it as a perfect opportunity to pile on jewelry that will surely glisten against those blazing summer rays. From rings to earrings, bracelets to necklaces; jewelry trends of every sort have graced the runway this season. The universal theme from some of our favorite designers appears that more is definitely more. Think big, bold, and beautiful. Looking to incorporate a fresh twist into your jewelry box? We’ve got the lowdown for you on how to do just that.

Get ready to grab your best pair of shades and some sunscreen. You’re going to need them when you read up on the most sizzling jewelry trends of Summer 2017!


Statement Pieces

Right angle profile and details of The Queen Jacobs, a unique cocktail ring made with 18k yellow gold and 3 carat ruby custom made by Abby Sparks Jewelry.Custom vintage inspired necklace made with 18k yellow gold, 0.4 carat diamond, and 0.6 ctw champagne diamonds custom made and designed by Abby Sparks Jewelry, The Cynthia.

(Jewelry that speaks volumes. Left: The Queen Jacobs custom cocktail ring, featuring 18k yellow gold setting, and a 3 carat ruby center stone. Right: The Cynthia yellow gold necklace bestowed by 18k yellow gold, a square cut pendant, and a 0.4 carat diamond center, yellow gold necklace. Both made exclusively by Abby Sparks Jewelry.)


Here’s a trend for the fashionista that wants to get noticed. Collect stares from standout jewelry that displays your confidence and individuality. Paired with a simple outfit, let your statement jewelry seize center stage in heavy duty sizes and eye catching colors. Givenchy and Bottega Veneta were amongst some of the greatest designers this season that proved statement jewelry can take form in all varieties of styles. Clunky bangles, giant hoop and chandelier earrings, chunky cocktail rings, and big pendant necklaces (especially ones which have mineral stones on them!) only begin to list the possibilities for loud and proud jewelry to be adorned. Like our Queen Jacobs ruby ring or The Cynthia pendant necklace vibrant colors and cutting edge designs are ready to do all of your talking for you.


Motifs & Symbols

Custom Claddagh inspired necklace made with 18k yellow gold and 1.78 carat diamond custom made and designed by Abby Sparks Jewelry, The Aisling.

(Drape a deeper meaning around your neck. Symbolic inspiration of love, loyalty, and friendship from the 18k yellow gold, 1.78 carat diamond Aisling Necklace.)


Picking out the perfect piece of jewelry is kind of like seeking out the ideal person for a relationship. Sure, you want something pretty to gaze at, but what will really get you hooked in for a long lasting love is spunk and personality. Motifs and symbols are a way of representing artistic ideals and compositions. The story it tells of the wearer is one-of-a-kind. A simple gander at the kind of semiotics on these jewelry pieces can trigger distinct thoughts, emotions, and memories. For instance, the Aisling Necklace pictured above was an anniversary gift from husband Chris to his wife Aisling. To fully symbolize their unbreakable bond, they chose to symbolize their affection through attributes of love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crown).

Go beyond superficiality and get yourself rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets that have substance worked into them! Check out other versions of jewelry with an underlying context at our custom jewelry gallery, and maybe even harvest a little inspiration that can help in building your own design!


Colored Gems and Stones

Custom unique necklace made with 14k white gold and 5.03 carat black opal custom made and designed by Abby Sparks Jewelry, The Melanie.Custom handmade engagement ring made with 14k yellow gold and 1.5 carat amethyst with diamond accents custom made and designed by Abby Sparks Jewelry, The Amy.

(Want a wider color palette in your wardrobe? Spice it up with your jewelry! Left: The Melanie Necklace,14k white gold with a 5.03 carat black opal. Right: The Amy repurposed heirloom ring composed of a 1.5 carat amethyst on 14k yellow gold setting.)


As we reported in our guide for Spring 2017’s Jewelry Trends, colored jewelry is most certainly in. When temperatures the warm up and the outside world is showing itself more vibrant with a rainbow of hues, we tend to copy in the same manner. Capture the inspiration through your jewelry choices with colored gemstones and mineral cuts. What do you want your color to convey? If you crave to channel peace and serenity, go for a blue as the ocean, like this opal stone on our 14k white gold Melanie Necklace. Perhaps you are a bit of a romanticist? A captivating purple amethyst like what is on The Amy might just be the ticket.


Dramatic Shapes

Custom engagement ring made with 18k white gold and 2 carat diamond center stone custom made and designed by Abby Sparks Jewelry, The Colleen.

(Amping a square shape up to a SQUARE shape. Pictured here: The Colleen custom engagement ring, a ring with a 2 carat diamond on 18k white gold setting.)


Unmistakably sharp shapes are adding an air of edginess to jewelry this summer season. Like the grand square cut of The Colleen custom engagement ring, above, jewelry designers are throwing it back to basics and making it their mission that shape is the prominent, significant element of jewelry pieces. For delivering a mass amount of high class to your own custom engagement ring, visit Abby Spark’s custom engagement ring collection to spot for yourself an idea of how fashion and mathematics are coming together as one. Squares, ovals, triangles, octagons: if you remember it from your geometry class, you can likely find it on an assortment of jewelry this summer. The balanced lines will keep things feeling sleek and sophisticated without fail. Bring high class mass  to your ring and


Layers & Stacks

Custom stacker wedding rings made with 14k yellow gold custom made and designed by Abby Sparks Jewelry, The Whitney.
Dainty gold necklace made with 18k yellow gold and 1.5 ctw blue sapphires custom made and designed by Abby Sparks Jewelry, The Mama Jacobs.


(Take a ring, necklace, or bracelet and multiply it! Stack rings along your fingers like the 14k yellow gold Whitney Bands that have their own unique design or toss on a long necklace as a base layering piece, such as The Mama Jacobs custom necklace which features 18k yellow gold with 1.5 carat weight sapphires.)


Coco Chanel once declared that “a lady must always take off at least one piece of jewelry before leaving the house to ensure she is not overdoing it”. And yes, while we love Coco and would never want to disappoint the legendary fashion icon, this might be one rule we have to rebel against (at least for now). Get a bit greedy with your jewelry! Pop rings of different sizes, shapes, colors, and accented designs onto any of your fingers (New to this? Start off safe with a matching set, like something similar to the yellow gold Whitney Bands). Reserve to or three to a finger or go single on each one! Necklaces can be doubled or tripled after you begin with an easy going strand. Consider something like The Mama Jacobs custom necklace to act as your foundation. Bracelets can render the same approach with a collection of contrasting colors and levels of thickness on your arms.

If your self concocted range of jewelry you’re rocking feels right, then go ahead and strut right out of your front door – and hold your head up high! Chanel will never have to know.

Summer is all about play time, so let loose and go all out with your jewelry! Whether you choose to deck yourself out in chunky pieces, stone colored features, or eclectic mixtures, now is the best opportunity to have some fun with your own style.

These trends got your creative juices flowing? Come create the custom jewelry piece that you picture yourself wearing that can’t be found anywhere else with Abby Sparks Jewelry! By appointment only! Call us at 303.957.6502 or book an initial consultation online at our showroom in the Lower Highlands of Denver, Colorado. We’ll be seeing you soon!


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About Abby Sparks

Abby Sparks is the founder and CEO of Abby Sparks Jewelry.