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- diamonds by the yard necklaces, Doves by Doron Paloma, Frederic Duclos, Morganite, Scheherazade Jewelers, Sethi Couture, Statement Earrings, Vintage Inspired Designs
Las Vegas is one of America’s leading entertainment centers. But for one week in early June the city becomes the jewelry capital of the world when gem and jewelry companies convene for the most important international trade show if its kind. As a leading fashion jewelry store in the Twin Cities, Scheherazade Jewelers sent its lead buyers to this annual event to discover breaking trends in jewelry fashion.
Statement Earrings: “Statement making” are two words historically associated with large cocktail rings, audacious cuff bracelets and bold necklaces. Now it’s time for earrings to make a declaration of their own. Drop earrings were all the rage at early 2014 red carpet events. Daring earring designs were also seen at this year’s main fashion shows – chief among them Fashion Week in New York.
At the Las Vegas Show in June a number of jewelry designers exhibited some sort of audacious spin on earring designs. Most notable was Doves by Doron Paloma. The designer is known for their fine jewelry. But like many Italian jewelry companies, Doves is also known for its jewelry innovations. In recent years the designer has discovered a way to fuse colored gemstones together to create a singular look. Colored stones that were once too delicate for every day wear on their own (such as lapis lazuli, mother-of-pearl and turquoise) are now fused together with a white topaz top.
This fusion with white topaz has a number of benefits starting with durability. Topaz has a hardness rating greater than quartz varieties (think amethyst and citrine) and is nearly as durable as rubies and sapphires. The checkerboard faceting of the top white (clear) topaz layer gives dark-colored gemstones like lapis lazuli a rich depth of color while offering lighter colored gemstones such as mother-of-pearl and turquoise ethereal qualities. Framed with round brilliant diamond in mainly rose gold designs, earrings by Doves by Doron Paloma are leaders in this statement-making trend.
Morganite: Jewelry designers have been rolling out the beryl this year. Many jewelry enthusiasts know the beryl family of gemstones based on the precious nature and rarity of fine emeralds (May’s birthstone). As the pink member of the beryl family morganite is enjoying a surge in popularity. In today’s fashion, there’s a return to the basics. And, nothing is more fundamental than the pretty pastel color of pink for women. Morganite has a range of pastel colors including pink, rose, peach, and salmon colors as well as complementary secondary colors such as purplish pink and orangy pink beryl.
Similar to aquamarine (its blue beryl cousin), morganite looks best in cuts that show off the gemstone’s inherent clarity and color (be it pale or dark), ranging from traditional step cuts to modified cushion cuts. And, similar to aquamarine, morganite is found in large, long crystals. Typically morganite rough is fashioned into large cut and polished gemstones to capture the gemstone’s intrinsic color and clarity qualities. Given these larger sizes, morganite has played a key role in the statement-making jewelry trends over the last decade.
Vintage Inspired Designs: Now more than ever women want unique designs. For the most part, jewelry designers have found ways to create new designs. But with volatile precious metal prices there are only so many variations on themes designers can fashion. That’s part of the reason why what’s old is new as part of the vintage revival. And, as economists and fashionistas all know, people tend to go for traditional styles in the midst of a mild economic recovery. Factor in Millennials near obsession with traditional quality and the products that remind them of past family generations, and it’s no wonder there has been a noticeable consumer interest in vintage designs (especially bridal) and estate jewelry.
Early in 2014, Scheherazade’s introduced designer Sethi Couture. The company’s new jewelry designs have brought back turn of the century diamond cuts such as rose cuts and Old Mine cuts as part of the vintage revival. When the jewelry was first displayed at the Galleria jewelry store, many customers asked if the Sethi Couture display was the store’s estate jewelry section. Sethi Couture also has a penchant for black diamonds. From large center settings to accents and even bead necklaces, black diamonds are prevalent throughout Sethi Couture’s new collections. Another “vintage” quality of Sethi Couture jewelry is the designer’s choice of rose gold. Many of today’s Millennials associate rose gold with vintage jewelry.
Pearls, Plain Gold and Long Necklaces: Pearls are always in fashion as the essential jewelry of every woman’s jewelry box, but more so for today’s fashions. This organic gemstone is enjoying organic shapes and is also being paired up with colored stones and the warm glow of rose gold, as evidenced by the current silver jewelry collections of Frederic Duclos –- perfect for summer.
Plain gold designs are also projected to sell well in 2014. Look for gold in high-polished and satin finishes as well as textured surfaces. Long necklaces are big for 2014. Scheherazade Jewelers has a large selection of long necklaces from trendy diamonds by the yard necklaces to colored stone and black diamond bead necklaces.