Some trends come and go quickly. Others are more enduring. A few go on to become new classics. But when customers are searching for immediate gratification, what’s a jeweler to do? Investing in new collections and styles often takes time—by the time the orders you place at shows are delivered, the trends may very well be on their way out. The same goes for new designers and store concepts—which is why it always makes sense for a jeweler to test the waters before going all in.
The JIS February show, coming to Florida’s Miami Beach Convention Center Feb. 9–11, offers a perfect opportunity for retailers to test-drive the season’s top trends. As a cash-and-carry show, JIS is devoted to helping retailers source what they need for immediate sales. At a time when increasing gold prices and market uncertainty rule the news, managing inventory to minimize carrying costs is critical.
On that note, we’ve highlighted five jewelry trends visitors to the JIS February show can take back to their stores right away. You may find some to be more enduring than others (gold isn’t exactly a trend so much as a jewelry mainstay), while some simply offer a chance to stock up on what’s most current.
Signet rings are seeing wide play, from personalized initial pieces to those featuring talismans and even astrological symbols. Vintage and modern styles are equally sought after, with sizes ranging from cocktail-style baubles to petite pinky rings. (Take note: If it’s gold and chunky, it’ll probably be a hit.)
Long, Layerable Necklaces
Layered necklaces have been all over the red carpet this season, from thin sparkling chains to pendants and chokers. To give your customers an instant look, stock more opera-length styles in both pearl and precious metal varieties, so they can be wrapped two or three times to create a layered effect or worn in a tangle of other necklaces. For a styling tutorial, simply search #neckmess on Instagram.
Whimsical Stud Earrings
The ear party is still going strong, with more variety constantly added to the marketplace. As retailers begin to throw piercing parties, and shoppers come in wanting something new for their recently pierced ears, answer the call with a variety of cute, quirky styles. We’re talking animals, abstract shapes, talismans, and more.
Singular, Mismatched, and Fashion-Forward Earrings
Speaking of earrings, those sold as singles are getting extra-special attention lately, whether it’s a stud to add to one’s pierced collection, or a swinging hoop earring dangling an eye-catching charm. Ear cuffs appear to be making a comeback, as are the climbing styles, some trailing up the lobe only slightly, others offering an all-ear takeover.
Whether rendered in enamel, resin, or natural gemstones, rainbow bright, neon colors offer the burst of energy we need to make it through the winter season. Style the colorful pieces in stacks—bracelets and rings, especially—and mix them up with displays pairing sparkling diamond and thin metal bands.
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