by Joe Henry | October 03, 2016

Jewelry is perhaps one of the most diverse incentive categories. Because it's ornamental, customers are very particular about what they want. But like all fashion items, jewelry also adheres to certain trends.  

"Those fashion trends tell us which shapes are going to happen," said Nanno Gutierrez, director of corporate gifts at Swarovski. "This year, it's about constellations, stars, points and brilliance."

And Swarovski's new lines of jewelry certainly reflect that aesthetic. Consider its Delta line, with a modern, triangular look designed to be striking, but not too high-fashion. It also has the Fizzy necklace, which looks like a wearable constellation.

But one of Swarovski's most popular items is the Slake bracelet, made from a soft, suede-like fabric called Alcantara, and coated with different-sized crystals. The Slake was Swarovski's entry into bracelets and now comes in multiple designs and colors.

In July, it added to its bracelet repertoire with the Crystaldust -- a glittering piece available as a single or double, in eight colors. "It's the evolution of the bracelet -- more comfortable, easy to put on and take off, the colors can be combined, and you can dress it up or down," Gutierrez said.

Jewelry manufacturer Carolee, available through AMC Special Markets, also models its pieces around celestial shapes. Though many of its most popular pieces, like its Prospect Park Flex bracelet feature dark glass crystals. This aesthetic is especially prominent with its new Gotham line, in items like the Double Drop Clip On Earrings or the Cluster Pin.

But perhaps sparkling, complex shapes don't fit your personal style, and you prefer a simpler, more sculptural look. New Mexico-based Nambé might be known for its home décor, but it has a new line of jewelry from Albuquerque-based designer Carolyn Pollack. 

"Our home collection has an organic feel, and we're known for our midcentury modern design," said Laura Stagliano Perri, Nambé's social media manager. "It was a natural progression for the brand to go into jewelry, to translate our home décor products into wearable art."

Nambé's two most popular jewelry items are the Open Pendant necklace and the Twist Cuff bracelet -- a piece of sterling silver that looks like it's been gently twined around one's wrist.

For custom pieces, however, there's Terryberry. While the company mostly develops employee recognition programs, it also creates handcrafted jewelry to recognize specific accomplishments. Its pieces include award rings with corporate logos, recognition rings, tie-tacs, watches and service recognition pins.