All that glitters

Molly Logan Anderson

If the folks filling up the “nice” column on this year’s holiday list are hoping for gifts all glittery and gold, then look no further. This winter's jewelry trends are full of gorgeous items, deep colors and a bit of whimsy, too.

Women go for color

The jewel tones of red and green are sure to be the “it” colors this fall, in everything from clothing to jewelry. Look for them in beaded pieces or precious gems. Add a pop of these tones with a scarf or handkerchief to set you apart.

Men of steel

Jewelry itself is a growing trend, with bracelet and necklace purchases by men for themselves up 23 percent since 2007, according to www.MenStylePower.com. Gold, titanium and even gemstones are popular trends, but jewelry made from stainless steel is a durable favorite that’s quickly becoming classic for men everywhere. 

Go boho

Bohemian jewelry is nearly a classic in its own right. Its casual appearance lends itself perfectly to almost any outfit or style. 

Classic always works

Silver and crystal, with or without black, are hugely popular this year, with many major designers offering styles that incorporate these classics. You can’t go wrong with the gift of a classic or vintage-looking piece.

Big and bold

Simple and feminine styles of years past seem to be absent from stores these days, as a huge trend toward bold, chunky and almost masculine jewelry takes its place on shelves. Statement-making pieces like these will catapult a look into 2012 with ease.

Girls get feathered

It seems you can’t turn around these days without seeing youngsters (and those young at heart) wearing a feather in their hair or on their earrings. Winter trends will keep this hot style pick alive with even more to choose from.

Heavy metal

The full fashion effect of heavy metals like gunmetal or pewter just can’t go out of style. Look for pieces in super-hot chocolate metal for the most current look.