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12 Jewelry Trends for 2013: Chinoiserie Motifs in Jewelry

By Jennifer Heebner, Senior Editor

Posted on June 7, 2013

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Every month, I'll highlight one trend from the 12 Jewelry Trends for 2013 post on my Style 360 blog—an editorial first look at new collections worldwide and expert market analysis on jewelry trends and new products. My colleague, Brittany Siminitz, manager of JCK Marketplace, an expansive online showroom of gorgeous merchandise sold at the JCK shows, will do the same on her On Your Market blog.

Asian influences like origami folds, flowers, and kimono silhouettes were strong on Spring 2013 runways, meaning that jewelers will want to accessorize the looks with complimentary pieces. Think long tassel necklaces or earrings, bamboo and/or cherry blossom themes, jade, Chinese characters, and more. And, don’t rule out homage to the animal of the year per the Chinese calendar: snakes for 2013, and even dragons from 2012 still feel current.

Pandora Cherry Blossom earrings in 14k gold with enamel

Cherry Blossom earrings in 14k gold with pink enamel, $260; Pandora

Kir Collection silver tassel earrings with green onyx

Chandi Chain earrings in silver with green onyx and curb chain loop tassels, $395; Kir Collection


Samuel B leather bracelet with silver and dragon motif

Wide leather bracelet with silver Dragon motif ornament, $510; Samuel B. Collection

American Estate silver Cherry Blossom earrings with pink tourmaline

Cherry Blossom earrings in silver with 24k gold backs and 1.92 cts. t.w. pink tourmaline, $550; American Estate

Gucci bamboo band in 18k gold

Bamboo Spring ring in 18k gold, $1,080; Gucci

Melinda Lawton earrings in 14k gold and sterling with tsavorite, emeralds, and pearls

Earrings in 14k gold with oxidized silver, 0.73 ct. t.w. tsavorite, emerald rondelles, and freshwater pearl keshi, $1,150; Melinda Lawton

Sanalitro ring in jade, agate, peridot, and 18k gold with diamonds

Spes Ultima Dea ring in 18k gold with a 15.15 ct. t.w. peridot, white agate shank, green jade table, and 0.64 ct. t.w. diamonds, $8,000; Sanalitro

Mastoloni pearl fan earrings in 18k gold with diamonds

Fan earrings in 18k gold 12 mm. white South Seas pearls with 1.66 cts. t.w. black diamonds, $14,000; Mastoloni

Erica Courtney jadeite, gold, pink sapphire, orange chalcedony, diamond, and tsavorite earrings

Earrings in 18k gold with fancy jadeite, 1.24 cts. t.w. diamonds, 0.75 ct. t.w. pink sapphire, orange chalcedony, and 0.15 ct. t.w. tsavorite, $25,900; Erica Courtney


Gregore Joailliers Kokeshi art object in 18k gold, silver, ruthenium,and black jade with diamonds

Basho Kokeshi art object in 18k gold, silver, colorless and black diamonds, black jade, and black ruthenium, $39,000; Gregore Joailliers

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