5 Jewelry Trends From JCK Las Vegas 2013



Jewelry Trend Hunters. Sounds like a show on E! doesn’t it? As a matter of fact, it could be—I’ve really got to get back into the world of television! But anyway, hunting for trends in jewelry is one of the best, most favorite parts of my job (read about the other one here). It’s like a scavenger hunt, shuffling around the show floor, peering through the showcases at each booth as I try to find similarities and connect the dots. I think sometimes trend spotting is all relative: I find something that I really, really love, and say, “Yup, that’s a trend!” But whether or not it actually sticks is up to time and whether or not it’s well-received by the end consumer. There are even those trends, that shall go unnamed, that I’m not particularly crazy about, and though I wager that they won’t be long for this jewelry world, consumers eat them up. As a side note on trends, I’d just love to say: please, please keep the ’90s style going. Ear cuffs, hand wraps, belly chains…no matter the public opinion, I love it. There, I said it. Now, back to business. These are the five jewelry trends that stood out to me on the JCK Las Vegas show floor. I’d love to hear your opinion on them!

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Jewelry trend #1: Color

This probably comes as no surprise, but when asking exhibitors their top seller, the answer was almost always color. The gemstones that stand out as of late: Paraiba tourmaline, rubellite, tsavorite, ametrine, and pink sapphire.

Miiori NY paraiba cocktail ring

Miiori NY Paraiba cocktail ring

 

Cornelia Goldsmith rubellite tourmaline ring

Cornelia Goldsmith bezel-set rubellite ring

 

Royal India tsavorite drop earrings

Royal India tsavorite drop earrings


James Breski 3 Muses ametrine pendant

James Breski 3 Muses ametrine pendant

Facet Barcelona pink sapphire Bird's Nest ring

Facet Barcelona Bird’s Nest ring


Jewelry trend #2: A touch of rose in bridal

The general consensus among those serving up bridal jewelry was that customers are looking for just an accent of rose gold in their engagement rings, and not fully committing to the rosy-all-over style. Still, some of my favorite finds were crafted in rose gold, and they were downright gorgeous.

Kirk Kara Pirouetta bridal set

Kirk Kara Pirouette wedding set


Diadori rose halo diamond engagement ring

Diadori rose halo diamond engagement ring


Jeff Cooper Henna Rose wedding set

Jeff Cooper Henna Rose wedding set


Daviani Collection rose gold accent engagement ring

Daviani Collection rose gold accent engagement ring


Natalie K pink halo diamond engagement ring

Natalie K pink halo diamond engagemeng ring


Jewelry trend #3: Blinged-out critters

From fabulous creepy-crawlies to adorable animals, I saw a lot of wildlife on the show floor this year. And these weren’t just cute little pendants; many of the animal motifs were totally blinged out in everything from diamonds to colored sapphires and other gemstones. And, of course, there were snakes.

Mk Diamonds & Jewelry brown diamond butterfly ring

M.K. Diamonds & Jewelry diamond butterfly ring


Rina Limor sapphire and tanzanite snake ring

Rina Limor sapphire and tanzanite snake ring


Omi Prive rough alexandrite lizard brooch

Omi Privé rough alexandrite lizard brooch


Effy Signature panther ring

Effy Signature panther ring


Orsini sapphire and diamond butterfly ring

Orsini sapphire and diamond butterfly ring


Jewelry trend #4: Blackened metals

This is currently my favorite look (I wrote about it here), and there was plenty of it to be found. I found most of the pieces to be black rhodium, while a handful were oxidized sterling silver. When paired with diamonds, I think this is one of the best examples of the black and white craze.

Supreme Jewelry black rhodium diamond saddle ring

Supreme Jewelry black rhodium diamond saddle ring

 

Mira Style black and white diamond bangle


Mira Style black and white diamond bangle

 

Le Vian Black Orchid ring

Le Vian Black Orchid ring

 

Norman Covan diamond Contessa ring

Norman Covan diamond Contessa ring

 

Beaudry International pink amethyst dome ring

Beaudry International pink amethyst dome ring


Jewelry trend #5: “The Great Gatsby”

I personally consider this a life-long trend, since I have somewhat of an obsession with the 1920’s and all things flapper style. But it comes as no surprise that recent film The Great Gatsby—and Tiffany & Co.’s major role in its jewelry wardrobe—has everyone jazzed (see what I did there?) about Art Deco. Straight lines, sapphires, tassels, and long ropes of pearls were abundant. Bring it!

Vanna K Art Deco inspired pearl tassel earrings

Vanna K Art Deco-inspired tassel earrings


Picchiotti Decoratif pendant

Picchiotti Décoratif pendant

99 Jewelry Deco-style fan earrings

99 Jewelry Trading Deco fan earrings


Joshua J Art Deco-style link bracelet

Joshua J Art Deco-style diamond link bracelet


Sterling Reputation Art Deco style CZ pendant

Sterling Reputation Art Deco-style CZ pendant


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