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12 Las Vegas Jewelry Trends, No. 10, Block Party: Color-Blocked Jewels Rachet Up Jewelry’s Whimsy Factor

New York City, May 22, 2019. Color-blocking in jewelry typically means pairing up complementary colors of jewels with couturiers’ latest frocks, but jewelry designers are taking the term to a uniquely bejeweled level by wedding vibrant rocks and maker effects in single pieces. From enamel to colorized titanium to multicolored compositions of vivid gemstones, color-blocked jewels inspire smiles, remind us to wear our pieces for maximum enjoyment (why buy jewels if they’re going to remain in a safe?), and show us that jewelry is our wearable candy—pleasing to view, uplifting to the soul, and leaving a wake of wonder, delight, and joyful vibes in its rearview mirror. Calling all collectors—color-blocked numbers provide an instant pick-me-up in the form of rainbow-hued revelry that never ends.

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.

Agrodolce bangle in 18k gold vermeil with lacquered motifs, €88; Giuliana di Franco

Agrodolce bangle in 18k gold vermeil with lacquered motifs, €88; Giuliana di Franco

Candy Kimono necklace in 14k yellow gold with lacquer, tanzanite, treated purple jade, lapis lazuli, and reconstituted coral, £1,922.36; Alice Cicolini at Auverture.com

Candy Kimono necklace in 14k yellow gold with lacquer, tanzanite, treated purple jade, lapis lazuli, and reconstituted coral, £1,922.36; Alice Cicolini at Auverture.com

Kinetic drop earrings in 22k yellow gold with blue opals and pink tourmaline, $9,000; Rush Jewelry Design

Kinetic drop earrings in 22k yellow gold with blue opals and pink tourmaline, $9,000; Rush Jewelry Design

Gigi Ferranti jewelry is delicately bold!
Rainforest earrings in 18k yellow gold with 18.66 cts. t.w. peridot, 4.92 cts. t.w. blue topaz, and 2.99 cts. t.w. pink sapphires, $9,950; email pr-sales@goshwara.com at Goshwara for purchase

Rainforest earrings in 18k yellow gold with 18.66 cts. t.w. peridot, 4.92 cts. t.w. blue topaz, and 2.99 cts. t.w. pink sapphires, $9,950; email pr-sales@goshwara.com at Goshwara for purchase

Jawbreaker ring in 18k yellow gold with a 31.95 ct. chrysoprase, 7.75 cts. t.w. trillion-shape spessartite garnets, and 2.25 cts. t.w. rubies, $14,900; call 214-402-4952 at Andrew Glassford Jewels for pricing and purchase

Jawbreaker ring in 18k yellow gold with a 31.95 ct. chrysoprase, 7.75 cts. t.w. trillion-shape spessartite garnets, and 2.25 cts. t.w. rubies, $14,900; call 214-402-4952 at Andrew Glassford Jewels for purchase


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12 Las Vegas Jewelry Trends, No. 9, Fringed Benefits: Dangling Effects that Shimmer and Slink Are in Style

New York City, May 21, 2019. Playful fringe ornamentation in gold, silver, and platinum is enjoying popularity. Jewelry fringe is a flirty moveable effect that complements similar accents evident in spring 2019 runway shows from Oscar de la Renta and Tom Ford, among others. Fringe also nods to the 1980s fabulousness—think fall 2018 runway shows from Versace and Anna Sui—still happening and gives glorious movement and life to precious metal chain and sweet motifs like petals, fleur de lis, and petite geometric shapes. For sure, fringe ups the fun factor in jewelry and refutes its stuffy reputation as something valuable that should remain in a safe. Jewelry is a fun wearable with some inherent value, and fringe firmly cements that status.

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.

Ring in 14k yellow gold with diamond-accented fringed ornaments, $630; Sydney Evan

Ring in 14k yellow gold with diamond-accented fringed ornaments, $630; Sydney Evan

Flora collection petal necklaces in 14k yellow gold, $925–$1,450; email stephanie@royalchain.com at Royal Chain for purchase

Flora collection petal necklaces in 14k yellow gold, $925–$1,450; email stephanie@royalchain.com at Royal Chain for purchase

Grass Leaf drop earrings in 18k yellow gold with 1.8 cts. t.w. emeralds, €3,800; Ileana Makri

Grass Leaf drop earrings in 18k yellow gold with 1.8 cts. t.w. emeralds, €3,800; Ileana Makri

Gigi Ferranti jewelry is delicately bold!
Stretch slip-on bracelet in 18k rose and white gold with fringe and pink cultured Edison freshwater pearls, $4,600; Samira

Stretch slip-on bracelet in 18k rose and white gold with fringe and pink cultured Edison freshwater pearls, $4,600; Samira 13

Fringe earrings in 18k yellow gold with 1.4 cts. t.w. diamonds, $14,300; email fernfree@aol.com  at Fern Freeman for purchase

Fringe earrings in 18k yellow gold with 1.4 cts. t.w. diamonds, $14,300; email fernfree@aol.com  at Fern Freeman for purchase


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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

Gigi Ferranti jewelry is delicately bold!
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

Gigi Ferranti jewelry is delicately bold!

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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