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12 Las Vegas Jewelry Trends, No. 8, Neutral Territory: Calm and Cool Colors Have Wide Appeal

New York City, May 20, 2019. Neutral colors like gray and soft blue, green, and pink, will remain in demand for the foreseeable future. American shoppers know that diamonds aren’t the only easy-to-wear gemstone jewelry option. Muted colors of rocks—think gray spinel, different types of garnet, organic-looking agates, moonstones, and mother-of-pearl—can provide a pop of understated hue and subdued brightness that enhance outfits in a gentle whisper of color instead of the scream of vibrant ones like turquoise. Move over, tan—you’re far from the only hushed shade in town. Jewelry’s latest neutrals are as memorable as more vivid counterparts, leave us more fashionably fulfilled than ever before, and will have long-lasting wearability.

Editor’s Note: We are counting down the days to the most important jewelry trade shows in North America (happening in late May and early June in Las Vegas) with 12 days of jewelry trends! These trends are based on what’s been appearing in the market lately, what was on display at other recent fairs, and what designers say they’re making for the next shows.

Necklace in 14k rose gold with a 1.25 ct. pear-shape lotus pink garnet with 0.09 ct. t.w. diamonds, $892; Parle Gems

Necklace in 14k rose gold with a 1.25 ct. pear-shape lotus pink garnet with 0.09 ct. t.w. diamonds, $892; Parle Gems

Summer Snow ring in 9k yellow gold with hand-carved amethyst and rose quartz and diamond accents, £1,800; Alice Cicolini

Summer Snow ring in 9k yellow gold with hand-carved amethyst and rose quartz and diamond accents, £1,800; Alice Cicolini

Ring in 18k white gold with milgrain bezels and a 4.7 mm round ice jade cabochon with alternating 2.7 mm round ice jade stones and 0.23 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,980; email kris@masonkay.com at Mason Kay for purchase

Ring in 18k white gold with milgrain bezels and a 4.7 mm round ice jade cabochon with alternating 2.7 mm round ice jade stones and 0.23 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,980; email kris@masonkay.com at Mason Kay for purchase

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Cube necklace in 18k yellow gold with peacock mother-of-pearl and white freshwater pearls, £4,500; email holly@melaniegeorgacopoulos.com at Melanie Georgacopoulis for purchase

Cube necklace in 18k yellow gold with peacock mother-of-pearl and white freshwater pearls, £4,500; email holly@melaniegeorgacopoulos.com at Melanie Georgacopoulis for purchase

Hoop earrings in platinum with 43.27 cts. t.w. aquamarine and 4.295 cts. t.w. diamonds, $52,000; email studio@featherstonedesign.com at Deirdre Featherstone for purchase

Hoop earrings in platinum with 43.27 cts. t.w. aquamarine and 4.295 cts. t.w. diamonds, $52,000; email studio@featherstonedesign.com at Featherstone Design for purchase


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12 Las Vegas Jewelry Trends, No. 7, Swing High: Calderesque Earrings Enjoy Continued Momentum

New York City, May 17, 2019. Count on oversize earrings with a mobile-like effect to remain a go-to style in jewelry. Sure, we’ve been seeing them on the couture runways (think Louis Vuitton and Givenchy, among others) for a few years, but that hasn’t diminished their appeal. In fact, high-end jewelry designers are responding with myriad more versions of them. Look to Judy Geib for her signature organic-looking numbers, Margery Hirschey for her über cool wearable sculptures, and Lauren K. for additions to her downright pretty and gemalicious chandeliers. Fern Freeman will soon be unveiling a number of one-of-a-kinds—we got a peek at one pair, see below—while Assael gave us a furtive glance (under wraps until their arrival at the trade-only Couture Jewelry show in a few weeks) at one of their newest looks that will have heads spinning as much as the ornaments. Lithe, graceful necklines rejoice; these earrings were made to teeter, totter, and frolic gently from lobes like yours.  

Editor’s Note: We are counting down the days to the most important jewelry trade shows in North America (happening in late May and early June in Las Vegas) with 12 days of jewelry trends! These trends are based on what’s been appearing in the market lately, what was on display at other recent fairs, and what designers say they’re making for the next shows.


Triple Drop chandelier earrings in 18k yellow and white gold comprising convex radiant-textured circles, $4,000; Eddie Sakamoto at Aaron Faber Gallery

Kinetic Drop earrings in 22k yellow gold with opal doublets and tsavorite garnet, $8,740; Rush Jewelry Design

Stick and Stones earrings in 18k yellow gold with emeralds and 1.02 cts. t.w. diamonds, $9,800; Margery Hirschey

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One-of-a-kind earrings in 18k yellow gold with Ethiopian opals, 0.69 ct. t.w. diamonds, and baroque freshwater pearls, $12,760; email fernfree@aol.com at Fern Freeman for purchase

Carly chandelier earrings in 18k yellow gold with 15.05 cts. t.w. emeralds and 0.07 ct. t.w. diamonds, $13,420; email leah@laurenk.com at Lauren K. for purchase


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12 Las Vegas Jewelry Trends, No. 6, Skull Candy: Skull Motifs Are Back

New York City, May 15, 2019. Skulls were an “it” motif in jewelry upwards of 15 years ago when the design community applied a jaunty and gem-encrusted take to this typically haunting symbol of death. The late Alan Friedman unveiled a masterful skull pendant necklace emblazoned “F You” on the back, while Julez Bryant—a newbie designer at the time—offered sweeter, happier-looking skulls in rose gold. Today, Bryant and other tony artists are exploring skulls again in bold and lighthearted ways (think smiling sugar skulls, alienesque versions, and less literal skull silhouettes carved out of gems). Why skulls now? They’re popular in tattoos, are culturally significant, and periodically appear on the runways—the late Alexander McQueen was renowned for his love of them. Skull jewelry is the next logical step. After all, everything old eventually becomes new again.

Editor’s Note: We are counting down the days to the most important jewelry trade shows in North America (happening in late May and early June in Las Vegas) with 12 days of jewelry trends! These trends are based on what’s been appearing in the market lately, what was on display at other recent fairs, and what designers say they’re making for the next shows.

Skull necklace in 18k gold and oxidized sterling silver with diamond accents on an adjustable 16-inch chain, $470; Susan Elnora

Carpe Diem Crowned Skull drop earrings in 18k satin-finished yellow gold with 9.54 cts. t.w. fancy-cut black diamonds, 0.72 ct. t.w. colorless diamonds, and 0.07 ct. t.w. tsavorite, $16,000; Wendy Brandes

Skull ring in 20k gold with 3.4 cts. t.w. diamonds, $18,400; email elizabeth@theeabproject.com at Buddha Mama for purchase

Gigi Ferranti jewelry is delicately bold!

Skull ring in 18k gold with 4.6 cts. t.w. fancy-color sapphires, 1.79 ct. pink sapphire, and 0.01 ct. t.w. black diamonds, €22,000; email larissa@lydiacourteille.com at Lydia Courteille for purchase

Ghostrider pendant necklace in 14k and 18k pink, white, and yellow gold with 13.16 cts. t.w. mixed gemstones including pink topaz, orange sapphires, yellow diamonds, aquamarines, pink sapphires, colorless diamonds, and rubies $39,998; email wade@julezbryant.com at Julez Bryant for purchase.


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12 Las Vegas Jewelry Trends, No. 5, Simply Charming: Necklace Charms Are the New Black

New York City, May 14, 2019. Layering remains jewelry’s favorite look, fueled by myriad station chains, new chain link styles, and personalized #neckmess ensembles everywhere. A search of that hashtag on Instagram turns up countless custom layered scenarios like beaded numbers with dangling dog tags to mixes of skinny and hefty link styles clutching all manner of pendants (think shells, monograms, animal motifs, and more) with private meanings to wearers. Pearl strands with enhancers, too, have a place in this pretty pattern of wear, as do lockets and talismans of every type. The big takeaway? Heaps of mismatched and personalized pendants with oversize bales for ease of switching chains are the charms for your neck that help tell your story without saying a word.

Editor’s Note: We are counting down the days to the most important jewelry trade shows in North America (happening in late May and early June in Las Vegas) with 12 days of jewelry trends! These trends are based on what’s been appearing in the market lately, what was on display at other recent fairs, and what designers say they’re making for the next shows.

Paw pendant in 14k yellow gold with opalized enamel, $500; email alisonknagasue@gmail.com at Alison Nagasue for purchase

Paw pendant in 14k yellow gold with opalized enamel on a 17-inch chain, $850; email alisonknagasue@gmail.com at Alison Nagasue for purchase

Power to heal talisman necklace with a unicorn motif is in 14k gold on a 16-inch chain, $666; Pyrrha

Power to heal talisman necklace with a unicorn motif is in 14k gold on a 16-inch chain, $666; Pyrrha

Pendants in 14k gold with diamond-accented bales and Tahitian, white, and golden South Sea cultured pearls, $880–$1,560; email julie@justjules.com at Just Jules for purchase

Pendants in 14k gold with diamond-accented bales and Tahitian, white, and golden South Sea cultured pearls, $880–$1,560; email julie@justjules.com at Just Jules for purchase


Gigi Ferranti jewelry is delicately bold!

Etta pendant necklace in 18k yellow gold with translucent enamel and 0.32 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,350; Andy Lif

Etta pendant necklace in 18k yellow gold with translucent enamel and 0.32 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,350; Andy Lif

Pendant necklace in 18k yellow gold and oxidized silver with a 40 ct. agate and 0.21 ct. t.w. brown diamonds, $2,800; email Laurie@lauriekaiser.com at Laurie Kaiser for purchase

Pendant necklace in 18k yellow gold and oxidized silver with a 40 ct. agate and 0.21 ct. t.w. brown diamonds, $2,800; email Laurie@lauriekaiser.com at Laurie Kaiser for purchase

Drop earrings in 14k yellow gold with purple garnets and diamonds, $1,300 at K.Jon’s

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