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Strega’s 2012 Predictions

Christmas has come and gone.  The New Year fast approaches.   What is in store for 2012?  My predictions are based more on watchcraft than witchcraft.  I’ve been watching the stock market quotes, the fashion trends, blogs and news from local stations to Al Jazeera.   Here are my jewelry predictions for the coming year.   (if you don’t like them, call the psychic hotline and see what “Miss Cleo” says).

As jewelry artists, we will be heavily influenced by the prices of metals that we use.   We want to be able to produce pieces that people can afford to buy.   Many of us love silver, not only because it is affordable but because is has the beauty of moonlight in its reflection and glow.   Silver is not only used in jewelry, but in electronics,  batteries, solar panels, paint, water purification, medicine, and, of course, the old fashioned cutlery.

So, what does that mean for us?   Electronic gadgets, many of which run on batteries are becoming more and more in demand.  Fifteen years ago, most of my friends did not have computers and I didn’t know anyone who had a cell phone.

Today, even the smallest child knows what a cell phone is.

Miss Crabby Patti with her dad's phone

You cannot go anywhere without seeing people with a phone in their ear, talking to invisible people.   High school and college students MUST have a computer.  Senior citizens have joined Facebook and have email accounts.   Nooks and Kindles are becoming a rage and soon people will all own books and movies that are part of “the cloud” on an electronic device.   Notebooks and iPads, house phones that speak to you and tell you who is calling, cars that make your decisions for you and GPS devices to keep you on track.   All are becoming an integral part of everyday life.   More and more silver is needed to mauufacture these devices.

In addition, the whole world is talking about “going green” and solar panels are becoming more available.   With a war in progress and natural disasters one following another, gold and silver are more than ever in demand.   The price of gold has skyrocketed out of sight.  Also, because of the poor economy more and more people are wearing silver.

So what, you might say.   What does that have to do with us, the artistes?   Give us some beads and findings and we don’t need the fancy talking cars and electronic game systems.

Well, here is what it means for us.   Silver is a non renewable resource.   As the demand goes up and more and more is used, the supply goes down.   Think back to high school and the old law of supply and demand.   Prices go up when the supply dwindles.   The price of silver is climbing faster than the price of gold.   I’m not saying it will ever reach the limits that gold has attained but percentage wise, the price hike is greater.

I checked a lot of charts and stock market reports.   Some predict the rise of silver to 100 dollars per troy ounce.   The prediction for January, 2012 varies but averages out at about 33 dollars per troy ounce.

We may need to take a look at our inventory and raise some prices to reflect the current market.   We need to take stock of what silver we have on hand and use it wisely and sparingly.   It will be advisable to talk to consumers and point out that purchasing a piece of silver jewelry is an investment in the future.   The value of the piece can only increase with time.

"Elf Shot" pendant made from PMC

As the price of silver rose, copper became popular in jewelry use.  Now copper prices are rising as it also gains popularity.   I predict that we will be using more base metals like bronze and steel in jewelry pieces.    Bronze mimics the look of gold, is more durable and can be beautifully accented with patina.   Steel chains are being substituted now and manufactured so that they are shiny and mimic the look of silver.

Bronze pendant crafted from Bronz Clay

Color is going to become more and more inportant.   The news is full of grim tidings:  natrual disasters, war, crime, heavy drug use, failing stock markets and economic disaster all over the globe.   Pantone has already named the color of the year for 2012.   It’s a bright red orange that is uplifting and energizing to combat the doom and gloom on the news and the everyday blahs.   Even the name, Tangerine Tango makes you want to get up and dance.  Read the article about this color here. 

I predict we will be using more vibrant colors in our work and therefore will have to buy more beads!    Don’t forget, as you shop for beads, this is good for the country’s economy.  You are doing your share!    Sally, at Four Corners USA on Artfire will be glad to help.

mookaite beads

BTW:  A really fun blog for color inspiration is Design Seeds.   Jessica comes up with some simply beautiful palettes from photos of everyday things.   If ever you are at a loss for inspiration, or undecided about what color your new beads should be, check out her blog.

Fashion headlines:

According to Accessories magazine  (Juiced Up, get splashed with bold citrus colors!),

Harper’s (“High-gloss metallic pieces serve up the perfect blend of luxe glamor.”)

In Style magazine (Animal Ringdom “Answer the call of the wild by wrapping a little creature around your finger.”)

I predict I’ll be blogging about some of these things.

Television shows like The Tudors and Rome have created in interest in older styles of jewelry, ornate and rich in stones and color.   I predict we will be using more faux gemstones and more base metals and heavier chains to create pieces that are affordable and still stay in sync with fashion trends.   I predict that I will be blogging about some of these trends and styles.  Watch an episode of The Tudors online and get an idea of the jewelry styles.

Or, check out this site for Tudor style jewelry. 

There is a rising interest in tribal style jewelry.   I predict we will be using more symbols, feathers and chain, maybe more bone and fossils.   I predict that I will be blogging about this trend also.   I already have some pictograph bronze pieces ready to go in the kiln.

Bronz Clay tribal warrior for men's pendant (unfired)

My final prediction has to do with our JCUIN guild.  We have a strong core group with some talented and motivated people.   Some are great at writing blogs.  Others are great at putting together collections.   All of the guild members are innovative and talented in their own ways.   I predict that 2012 will be a year when we finally “mesh” and work together as a unit, producing smashing collections, blogs that get read by more than our guild sisters and that we will come up with some fresh ideas to promote Artfire and our guild members and to challenge ourselves, push our creative talents to the limits.    I wish you all the happiest of New Years………..Bring it on, 2012!!!

Here are some links  to guild blogs


Shadowdog Designs Blog

Pretty Gonzo’s Blog

Epicetera’s Blog

My Personal Oasis’ Blog


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