Forget dainty, delicate necklaces, tiny earrings, and subtly sweet rings – the jewelry trend for Spring 2011 is big, big, BIG!.

Fashion shows for the new season have all been showcasing massive pieces in all kinds of styles – chunky beaded necklaces, wide cuff bangles, and oversize cocktail rings. There was a time when jewelry would be used to complement your look – now it’s all about defining your look, creating a hallmark for your style.

Check out these latest jewelry trends for the coming season, and remember, bigger is better!

FreshTrend 1: Giant Cabochon stones

Designers Bottega Veneta and Proenza Schouler showcased big necklaces studded with cabochon stones for spring – wild, unusual and organic in style. Cabochons are basically opaque stones that have been shaped and polished rather than cut into facets like traditional gemstones. Often seen in vibrant shades of blue, deep red and burnt orange, they can be used to stunning effect in statement jewellery pieces.

FreshTrend 2: Oversize tassels

Oscar de la Renta lead the pack on the tassel trend, sending long necklaces down the runway with his spring outfits, but tassels and fringes also made an appearance in the Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton collections. They’re showing up everywhere now – on ears, around necks, even on bracelets. Part Art Deco, part 70’s revival, wholly glamorous, the look is totally out there and definitely not one for shy, retiring types. Make it work for you by investing in a pair of ultra long tassel earrings, or a fringed bracelet.

FreshTrend 3: Chunky cuffs

Cuff bracelets are back, bigger and bolder than before. In cool metallics, textured, embossed or studded with gemstones, these chunky fashion pieces are being worn with just about everything. And, if they weren’t enough of a style statement before, they certainly are now – fashionistas are piling them one on top of another to create a whole armful of jangly bangle stylishness!

FreshTrend 4: Massive motif jewelry

We’ve been seeing it on all the celebrities – edgy motifs are in, especially on jewelry. Snakes, flowers, owls, butterflies – these and many more have been adorning ears, necks and fingers. In a variety of colors and finishes, motif pieces are quirky, unusual and a real statement of the wearer’s personal style. Though they’ve been popular for a couple of seasons, this year they are even bigger and more eye-catching than before.

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