The October JIS show is in full swing here at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center, wrapping up its four-day run in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., tomorrow. And despite a last-minute change in venue—due to venue damage in Miami from Hurricane Irma—the majority of vendors I spoke to said business has been brisk.
“We were worried about the [lack of business] from the Caribbean,” said Ann Christian, showroom manager for New York City–based brand Cristina Sabatini, who had to bob and weave when we were talking, the brand’s booth was so stuffed with buyers. “But the crowds have been really good.”
Walking the floor, trends that emerge include the use of labradorite in designs; the greyish-green stone can be found in pendants, rings, and bracelets, usually set in silver. Beading and fringing are also big—one vendor features earrings trimmed in marabou feathers, and a few showcase beaded necklaces dripping in tufts of fringe.
Designs tilting asymmetrically are also popular, as are pearls of all types and hues, and colored semiprecious stones—everything from topaz to tanzanite.
Here are five fabulous, fashion-focused pieces I bumped into while walking the show floor in Florida.
Gold-plated brass bracelet with freshwater pearls and labradorite, $115; Bounkit
Rose gold-plated silver earrings with cubic zirconia, $200; Dazzles
18k pink gold rings in pink amethyst, blue topaz, and rock crystal, $1,600; K di Kuore (also at top)
Sterling silver with labradorite ring, $359; Cristina Sabatini
Diamond and ruby earrings, $30,000; Tal Barker
(All images by the author)