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Statement Accessories: The Bold & Beautiful

One of the most recognizable trends at the moment is lively and loud embellishment.  Once again, the influence of vintage inspired pieces, such as over sized cocktail rings and gemstones, ushers in a new twist in the bangle stacking and bib necklace craze.
JCrew Flower Lattice Necklace

The major influences in this trend come from the entertainment industry.  With movies debuting like Gangster Squad, The Great Gatsby and Anna Karenina, no wonder over the top accessories such as luscious fur and gold are coming back with a vengeance.  We also draw much inspiration and direction from the red carpet, with award season upon us, fashion insiders are spotting trends left and right and the accessories seem to be consistently making their statement.  Celebrities strolled down the rouge runner with minaudiĆ©res and colorful jewels, seeing as how Emerald is the named color of 2013, it seems only appropriate to see it popping up in its true form.

Ranging in prices from the tens to ten thousands, statement accessories are across the board top seller in most retail stores and boutiques, even boutiques dedicated to them such as LouLou Boutique in Washington, D.C. and Charming Charlie.  Finding a reasonably priced item will not be difficult due to the range of retailers, you just need to keep an eye out for the best bargains.
Forever21 and Target have a great selection of fashion jewelry that stay current with the trends based on their own purchasing habits and quick turn around.  JCrew and Kate Spade also have excellent collections for the colorful and more classy looks. 
Here are a few of my favorites for Spring:

'Gold Dew Drop Bib' - $32 at
Kate Spade Drop Earrings - $58
'Crystal Encrusted Collar Necklace' - $150 at
Michael Kors 'Slender Hinged Bangle Tortoise' - $95 (good for stacking)
'Ceres Clutch'- $98  at Collective Habit (for the daring darlings)
'Live Colorfully Patent Darla' by Kate Spade - $45
Michael Kors 'Gold-Tone Emerald Glass Crystal Cocktail Ring' - $115
'Pearlescent Bib Necklace' - $15.80 Forever21
House of Harlow 'Spike Cocktail Ring' - $70