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Crystals and "Near-Gemstones" Are More Popular Than Ever Before

While bling used to be just for jewelry, thanks to Gen Z, crystals and gems are now seen all over the body. From bejeweled designer bags to sparkly shoes to rhinestone pedicures, minimalism is definitely out, and it's time for maximalists to shine.

The ultimate post-pandemic treat, precious stones are not just for making you look good, but also for bringing strength and reassurance into your life.

Celebrities like Adele, Simon Cowell, and Victoria Beckham all swear by these magical rocks for their healing properties, as well as their ability to brighten up even the most basic outfit.

Not sure how to incorporate crystals and near-gemstones into your look?

Simply keep reading to discover everything you need to know about crystal fashion for the year ahead, including the most popular crystals and gemstones in the fashion industry for 2022. By the end, you may be reaching for your purse to find what you need to become part of this trend.

Crystal-covered clutches

If you have to have the most exclusive bags in your collection, then now is the time to look for the ultimate crystal-covered clutch. While blingtastic bags were once only for painting the town red, they are now seen everywhere and for any occasion.

From luxury brand names to off-the-runway fashion boutique brands, embellished bags are taking the fashion world by storm.

Like to look to your favorite celebrities for style inspiration? The crystal-bag trend is being rocked by all the big names in music and fashion, including Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, and Dua Lupa.

To make the most out of your investment, pair your chosen crystal clutch with relaxed denim and bold accessories during the day, or dress up with a statement jumpsuit or little black dress for a night on the town.

Elevated eye make-up

It's not just the fashion world that is embracing sparkle and shine but the beauty landscape too. In fact, one of the biggest make-up trends for 2022 is crystal eye-makeup, with searches already up 110% on Pinterest.

The act of taking gems, or Swarovski crystals, and using them to accentuate the eyes, many top designer make-up artists have already highlighted this look, including Nikki Wolff, at the British Fashion Awards.

To try this look yourself, why not forgo your usual black winged eyeliner and instead opt for a silver gem-encrusted flick? Alternatively, give a new lease of life to the four-dot eye make-up trend by replacing white eyeliner with crystals.

Bejeweled accessories

From leather goods such as belts and shoes to classic jewelry items including rings, earrings, and pendants, crystal fashion is everywhere you look, and it's not hard to work out why.

In today's uncertain times, the belief that stones are silent protectors is more reassuring than ever before. Not to mention the fact that our fast-paced way of life has left many seeking out new ways to calm and center their mind, body, and soul.

Many haute couture brands are falling over themselves to display their latest sparkly creations, including bejeweled bags, crystal-covered shoes, and sparkly jewelry. Don't miss Miu Miu's crystal-embellished satin mules that make the ultimate party footwear and Balenciaga's crystal-covered hoop earrings.

Of course, the ultimate queen of bling has to be Judith Leiber. Known for her intricately designed, handcrafted, crystal-covered handbags and jewelry, if you want to take this trend to the next level, then this is the luxury brand to turn to.

Most popular crystals and gemstones for 2022

Looking for the most popular options out there. Our list will cover all the top ones you need to concern yourself with:

Tanzanite

Pantone recently announced their Color of the Year for 2022 – Veri Peri. A dynamic blue hue with a vivid violet, red undertone, this rich color has a strong and exciting energy. To celebrate this color, the tanzanite stone is set to be big this year.

A beautiful and rare precious stone, what makes this gem so special is that it can look blue when viewed from one angle and then violet to red from another.

This is the perfect gemstone for an engagement ring or another piece of celebratory jewelry.

Cuprian Tourmaline

With a bright aquamarine color, these gemstones are highly sought after because of their rarity. They also contain copper, which gives them a unique and stunning reddish-purple hue.

Due to their hardness, this precious stone is ideal for everyday wear, either as jewelry or adorned on a crystal bag.

Amethyst

A striking purple variety of quartz, amethyst was once considered to be one of the most valuable gemstones alongside diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds.
Known as a healing stone, amethyst is said to be able to balance your body, mind, and spirit and help to break any unhealthy habits.
Match an amethyst-embellished belt bag with a pair of amethyst earrings, and you will be more than ready to take on the world in style.

Garnet

Garnet is one gemstone that never goes out of style. Known as the warrior stone, it is said to bring good luck to whoever wears it.

One of the more affordable and widely available crystals, garnet makes a great alternative to ruby. Instantly recognizable by its rich red color, garnet is a versatile stone that can be fitted with your wardrobe with ease.

This is a perfect gemstone for standing out from the crowd or acting as your statement piece for a special occasion.

Citrine

If you are looking to achieve personal growth in the year ahead while simultaneously looking good, then this is the stone for you. A vibrant orange shade, citrine bracelets, rings, and necklaces are all set to be big in 2022.

For a new age look, opt for a large, rough stone, or for a more polished appearance, a cut piece provides a more classic and elegant look. It is worth knowing that citrine is a fairly soft stone, so it is not ideal for daily wear. Instead, keep for special occasions such as birthdays, weddings, and christenings.

Are you ready to embrace the crystal craze?