5 Jewelry Trends From the 2016 Couture and JCK Las Vegas Shows

The visual feast that is Las Vegas Jewelry Week turned up some stunning styles

The recently held jewelry trade shows—JCK LUXURY, JCK Las Vegas, and Couture—permitted attendees to peep at existing trends as well as new ones. Geometric styles were still in abundance, as were chokers, stacking and layering pieces, modern earrings, and entry-level-price pieces. There were also some newer ideas in the mix and others that were being revisited after a few years’ break. Here are five looks that were prevalent across the shows and who’s making them. Will you buy into any of them?

Enamel. JCK had the prescience to cover this category in the June issue, and we spied more enamel pieces at the shows. From Lord Jewelry’s fashion and wedding rings to NC Rocks‘ and Raphaele Canot’s whimsical styles, Marc Alary’s Beetlejuice-esque black-and-white stripe bands, and Buddha Mama’s luscious oversize gold pieces, enamel had a strong presence at the shows. Even queen of color Paula Crevoshay offered intarsia with her gems, while Alison Lou used enamel in more playful styles such as a red rose and green vine open collar necklace.


Enamel necklace from NC Rocks

Art Deco. This familiar hit took hold of new Doves jewelry, engagement rings in the Kirk Kara line, and fashion-forward pieces from Deborah Pagani (who returned to Couture after several years’ absence), and Lily Kamper. Plus, Mastoloni’s newest pearl collection nods respectfully to the era, as does Xiao Wang’s Decorama collection for Rio Tinto’s Diamonds With a Story. Specifically, Wang’s pieces are an homage to the “Machine Age of Art Deco,” she told JCK last week.


Decorama ring from Xiao Wang for Diamonds With a Story

Mismatched earrings. These were a highlight of the show. Margery Hirschey had the most spot-on interpretation of the trend, while offerings from Shiva Design & Jewels, Campbellian Collection, Graziela Gems, Fern Freeman, Jill Maurer, and Elizabeth Garvin weren’t too shabby, either. Mismatched pairs are available at both the high and low end of the pricing spectrum and are gaining in popularity.


Mismatched earrings from Campbellian Collection

Statement necklaces. Still going strong! Chokers and collars were abundant at the shows. Melissa Spencer offered one in tourmaline while Cicada showed another in turquoise and diamonds. Katie Brunini entered a massive one with watermelon tourmalines into the Couture design awards, and in a case not far away was a black choker with colorless diamonds, emeralds, and a long decorative cord tail from Nikos Koulis that was submitted for the same contest. Fei Liu’s unicorn and lava rock number was a hit, too, as was a jagged jet masterpiece at the booth of Jacqueline Cullen.


Unicorn necklace from Fei Liu

Coins and cameos. These were in the jewelry spotlight a few years ago, and they are back and being widely interpreted by a number of designers. Tanya Farah’s suffragette coins tell a story of perseverance, while Erica Courtney’ carved skulls—which actually debuted last year but are gaining momentum and sporting more embellishments—represent a more fanciful look. Jacquie Aiche’s cameos are lighthearted, too, and ZDNY’s cameos speak to fans of more traditional collections. Dorian & Rose’s stamped gold coins, meanwhile, reside at the intersection of modern and classic.   


Skull coin necklace from Erica Courtney

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