Know the styles and necklines of clothes in the season ahead to offer the right jewelry in store
Key fall ready-to-wear clothing shows in four cities—New York, London, Milan, and Paris—took place Feb. 2–March 9, resulting in a fresh crop of clothing trends that will affect the jewelry we wear. Jewelers need to note these trends (see the entire report here) in order to stock cases with the right pieces to complement the necklines and silhouettes of the season ahead. Pearls are the eighth trend to consider stocking. Here are five new pieces to coordinate with the season’s most important styles.
Pearls. They are having a moment in fashion as well as in the jewelry industry itself. Moschino showed strands mixed with funky chains as did Marchesa—and loads dangling from oversize chandelier earrings as well. Gucci’s Catherine de Medici–inspired styles, however, offered a more regal effect. One collection that could have benefited from a few pearls? Bibhu Mohapatra’s fur and black lace creations could have gotten a lustrous boost and/or balance from some oversize South Sea styles. A word of caution to jewelers: Don’t think in traditional style terms; go for big, baroque, and colorful pearls.
Flexible bracelet in 14k yellow gold with akoya pearls, $750; Imperial
Pendant necklace in 14k gold with a 4 mm–4.5 mm freshwater pearl and 0.16 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,119; Stuller
Earrings in 24k gold with freshwater baroque pearls and 0.13 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,980; Lika Behar
Cestino ring in 18k white gold with an 11.5 mm–12 mm Tahitian pearl and 0.72 ct. t.w. diamonds, $4,290; Mastoloni
Ring in yellow and white gold with a 13 mm–14 mm South Sea pearl and 0.71 ct. t.w. diamonds, $7,500; Yoko London
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