5 Brands That Caught My Eye at JCK Las Vegas

Las Vegas, day 6. Still standing. Barely able to speak in full sentences.

Next week’s blog will have a more thoughtful take on what I saw here in Vegas—and our upcoming July–August issue will be chock full of highlights—so for now, I’ll share five brands that caught my eye while roaming the show floor.

Mrs. T. Jewels at LuxeIntelligence

Tylda Kaloustian, aka Mrs. T., is a Beirut-based designer new to the coterie of jewelers represented by Andrea Hansen’s New York City sales and marketing agency, LuxeIntelligence. Marked by a bold style heavy in trendy pieces such as hand bracelets, stackable rings, and ear climbers, the collection is made using all fine materials. When I visited Andrea at her booth in the Elite Enclave section of LUXURY, I fell for this articulated finger ring from Mrs. T.’s Caviar line.

Photo courtesy of LuxeIntelligence
Caviar Triplex ring in 18k gold with 0.68 ct. t.w. white diamonds and 2.85 cts. t.w. 
brown diamonds; $8,600; mrs-t-jewels.com

Swarovski’s World Jewelry Facets Collection

In 2010, the Austrian crystal giant created World Jewelry Facets, a touring collection of crystal jewels designed by some of the world’s fashion luminaries. I’d never seen it before, and was floored by the pieces in this year’s collection, which includes the work of Karl Lagerfeld, Oscar de la Renta, Delphine-Charlotte Parmentier, and Erickson Beamon, among others. This killer necklace by Gitte Dyrberg and Henning Kern, the Danish duo behind Dyrberg/Kern, and earrings by Mawi, the East London–based fashion jewelry brand, were among my favorites.

Photos courtesy of Swarovski Elements
Dyrberg/Kern crystal necklace
 

Mawi crystal earrings

Gabriel & Co.’s Perfect Match Program

Apparently, 42 percent of brides want to custom design their rings (according to research by The Knot). As part of its sweeping new push to establish a name for itself among consumers, Gabriel & Co. just debuted Perfect Match, a new collection of bridal designs that aims to give brides the opportunity to do just that using a turnkey mix-and-match package that includes 12 styles of ring heads and 49 styles of bands resulting in hundreds of potential ring combinations. Brides and grooms can design their rings—which retail for as little as $1,260 and can be made to order in 10 business days—at their local Gabriel & Co. retailer, on the company’s website, or with a new interactive iPad app.

Photos courtesy of Gabriel & Co.
Gabriel & Co.’s Perfect Match possibilities

One of hundreds of potential ring styles available in Gabriel & Co.’s new Perfect Match program

Bering’s Scandinavian Watches

Known the world over for their sleek design sensibility, the Danes are aesthetic powerhouses with a global influence that belies the size of their tiny nation. Four-year-old Bering continues that tradition with its line of ceramic watches inspired by the beauty of the Arctic. The brand opened a U.S. office in Los Angeles last year and already has 650+ American customers. The watches retail for about $200 on average—in other words, the perfect accessory for anyone looking for a quick fashion fix that just so happens to tell the time.

Photo courtesy of Bering
Ceramic watch with sapphire glass on mesh band; $269; Bering, Inglewood, Calif.; beringtime.de/us

RockHer Haute Jewels

Los Angeles–based Carl K. Gumpert gave visitors to its booth at LUXURY a sneak peek of its fashionable new brand, RockHer Haute Jewels. Fresh from the factory, the styles are not only fetching, but they are also sure to be marketed with all the savvy that Gumpert’s Shawn Feinblum has brought to his other brand, Coronet Diamonds. Part of the collection is distinguished by a patented cushion cut designed to offer maximum sparkle, while other pieces—like the 23 ct. yellow diamond stunner below—draw on the company’s decades-old legacy as a manufacturer of fine jewelry.

A green tourmaline, diamond, and white gold bracelet from the new RockHer Haute Jewels collection

23 cts. of pure sunshine from the new RockHer Haute Jewels collection