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The Elegant Bead Speaks Spring

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Since spring 2012 is popping out all over, we grabbed Cathy Begun over at The Elegant Bead to chat with our readers & let us know what is new and hot in accessories.

1. Talk to us about spring. What trends are you seeing in jewelry & accessories?

Spring is the time to highlight your own individual tastes, maybe try an new trend. What’s hot for spring include neon colors. Tangerine Tango is the Color of the year! Yellow, pink, mint green or seafoam, printed pants either floral, or snakeskin, lace tanks, floral dresses, global inspiration, day clutches, preppy chic, white dresses, pleats, color blocking, wedge heels!

As for your spring accessories, the blue/green color combo is hot! (Think ocean hues, turquoise, lapis, chrysophase, amazonite). You’ll also see a luxe glam effect with bold animal prints and plenty of sparkle on sexy heels, bags and jewelry. To look “tough-chic”, add in fashion forward extras with edgy leather, metal and sporty details. Can’t get enough brights? Channel your playful side with punchy patterns, vivid color combos (orange + yellow + turquoise) and unexpected details on bags, shoes and more. Classically chic! Choose perfectly polished accessories in timeless styles and refined palette (black + beige). Girlie girls like pink with sweet hues, feminine bows and demure hints of sparkle on everything from bags to heels. For the lady who likes eclectic accessories, sophisticated feel with earthy colors, intricate patterns and unique textures on wedges, bags and jewelry. I am a little bit of all of these styles and trends! Find the color(s) and or style that suits you best, and have fun with it, but remember, a little bit of accessories goes a long way, so sometimes you’ll only need one piece! (People StyleWatch, March 2012)

2. You must have some pieces that you recommend for Mother’s Day? I feel like my mom is SO picky & always returns everything that anyone buys her. What are your ideas for the picky mom?

I design a custom collection of Motherhood Jewelry by using all of the birthstones. Each person who will be represented on either the bracelet or necklace, is unique, even if two or more people share the same birth month. ie – twins, same stone, different shape. Motherhood Jewelry Special, April 2 – May 6, 2012, Take 15% OFF of your custom pieces!

I also offer Gift Certificates that Mom can choose her own piece of jewelry. As for the picky mom, I would recommend to choose the more classic pieces and colors, such as pearls (so many gorgeous shades and shapes), more simple styles, if you’re not sure what her tastes are.

3. Cathy, since you always seem to stay on top of trends, how do our readers connect with The Elegant Bead so that we always know what’s new & fashionable? I love to pass along the latest fashion trends to my customers!

You can connect with me on my website, The Elegant Bead, join the conversation on Facebook, see what inspires me on Pinterest and coming soon – a revamped blog!

4. Are there any business-related issues that you have struggled with and solved that you can share with other shop owners?

Stay true to yourself and your product that you believe in, but open minded as well! With the sky-rocketing prices of sterling silvers and gold over the last few years, I have had to find other sources to fill that void that were up to my personal standards and what my customers have come to know of my designs without compromising what I have worked so hard for. I have found different ways around those issues and new ideas to keep my collections fresh and current.