12 Jewelry Trends for 2013: 10 New Cabochon Jewels for Your Store

Every month from now until JCK Las Vegas 2013, 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 styles, launches, and trends. 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.

As mesmerizing as marbles in Jolly Rancher, candy-colored hues, cabochon-cut stones are less stuffy than faceted rocks, making them a delight to see in fine jewelry. Got a fidgeting fixation? A smooth rock is your ideal worry stone. Want a big bauble on a beer budget? The cabochon is your friend. Dress them up or wear them daily, but get them on an ear, neckline, wrist, or finger, because the gently rounded cab is having its moment.

Belle Etoile earrings

Eden Jade earrings in rhodium-plated silver with a jade-toned cabochon-cut Cat’s Eye and lab-created pavé-set stones; $225; Belle Étoile

Dana Faith necklace

Leila pendant necklace in 14k gold with coral cabochon; $1,020; Dana Faith

Pierre-Yves ring

Ring in 18k yellow and grey gold with 6.79 ct. t.w. lavender chalcedony; $1,840; Pierre-Yves

Robin Koffler earrings 

Earrings in 18k gold with 33 cts. t.w. Rose de France cabochons; $3,600; Robin Koffler Jewelry

Mary Esses ring

Ring in 18k gold with 35 ct. t.w. ruby cabochon with 0.15 ct. t.w. diamonds; $6,300; Mary Esses

Samantha Louise necklace

Necklace in 18k gold with pink sapphires and a green amethyst cabochon; $7,000; Samantha Louise

Pamela Froman ring 

One-of-a-kind Ellie ring in 18k gold with an 11.23 ct. t.w. pink tourmaline cabochon and 0.20 ct. t.w. diamonds; $8,800; Pamela Froman

Leon Mege

Sultan’s Pomegranate ring in platinum with a 12.77 ct. rhodonite cabochon with 5.35 cts. t.w. cabochon-cut amethysts, rubellite, and pink tourmaline, and 0.30 ct. t.w. diamonds; $12,000; Leon Megé

Lavaanya by Royal India USA

Ring in black 18k gold with 21.35 ct. t.w. emerald cabochon with 3.20 cts. t.w. black diamonds; $14,000; Lavaanya by Royal India USA

Frank Caballero

Ring in 18k white gold with black rhodium, a 47.28 ct. t.w. oval-shape peridot cabochon, and 3.26 cts. t.w. diamonds took third place in the Evening Wear category of the 2013 AGTA Spectrum Awards; price on request; Frank Caballero, caballerojewelry@bellsouth.net

Photo Credit: John Parrish

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