The trend for gems that jiggle continues
Some of the more spectacular diamonds seen at this month’s HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show were of the dancing variety.
“Dancing” stones (or suspended diamonds), pioneered by Japanese company Crossfor in 2013, have been a big trend globally these past two years—JCK senior editor Jennifer Heebner noted the look’s rise in 2014.
Its momentum continued at last week’s Hong Kong jewelry show, where a handful of manufacturers offered a full menu of jewelry looks featuring diamonds that wiggle when you walk.
The stones, which include colored gems, are suspended in a proprietary finding (fixture) within designs. The effects can be positively glittering (see photo, above).
Crossfor, which is based in Yamanashi, Japan, makes it own dancing jewelry, but it also manufactures the findings for dancing stones for other companies. Hidetaka Dobashi, president of Crossfor, said the company shipped 4 million pieces—between its finished jewelry and findings—in 2015, with 70 percent of exports to the U.S. The company’s pièce de résistance in Hong Kong: a gorgeous necklace composed of curlicue shapes hugging a host of twinkling, wriggling diamonds (see it in the photo, above).
China’s 01 Jewelry Limited, which is based in Guangzhou, China, and Hong Kong, creates dancing stone styles for a very prominent Pandora-style U.S. manufacturer (which they asked to remain nameless) and also sells its own affordable suspended-stone pendant collection, Dancing Stone—both online and in stores.
Dancing diamond pendants from China’s 01 Jewelry Limited (photo courtesy of the company)
Again, the U.S. is the company’s biggest market. Vice general manager of 01 Jewelry Limited, Ryan Gum, says the manufacturer shipped more than 2 million units to the U.S. in 2014 and 2015. And specifically, he adds, “The U.S. is a major market for new product development for us.”