JCK5: Jewelry Trends on the Horizon

After combing through show notes and press kits from jewelry week, I noticed more than a few trends. Here are five looks you should expect to see more of moving forward.

Matte-Finished Stones: Sandblasted finishes, particularly on onyx, were widely evident at the shows. Cases in point: finished jewelry at Vianna, Sofragem, and Laura Beaudry, as well as loose bead strands at Robert Bentley.

Modern Cameos: Nigam for Oriental Gemco launched an entire collection of them, and Mattioli added more to its 2011 launch. Beautiful and classic becomes contemporary when modern motifs (think pets and other whimsical stylings) are carved into them.

Rose Gold Bridal” Several vendors launched rose gold bridal lines; one even called the metal “the new white gold.”

Bar/Stick Motifs: Minimalist, kind of edgy, and definitely youthful, the simple or stick bar motif with pavé was at the booths of trendy designers at Couture as well as one or two big manufacturers at JCK Las Vegas.

Organic Materials and Shapes: Honora mixed drusy with freshwater pearls, Syna set fossilized wood into gold, and pyrite and freeform shapes popped up everywhere.