I’m seeing a color trend—and some top-quality gems—at the show, as well as some whimsical nature designs and museum-inspired and sculpted masterpieces. Selections from my market appointments from today are below, and in the companion blog post “Live From Baselworld 2014: New Jewelry From Stephen Webster.”
Carrera y Carrera in Hall 1.1 Booth D33
The theme of this Spanish brand’s newest collection is Imperial Silk, and takes inspiration from shawls from the 1880s that are housed in a Spanish museum, but are also on display during the fair in the brand’s booth. The jewelry features floral elements that speak to the embroidered flowers on the shawls, as well as fringe, herons (a symbol of good luck), and wing motifs.
Heron (Garzas) ring in 18k yellow gold with 0.41 ct. t.w. diamonds, $7,668; Carrera y Carrera
The vintage shawls (circa 1880s) that are on loan from a Spanish museum for display in the Carrera y Carrera booth at Baselworld
Cheté in Hall 2.1 Booth J90
Americans may not be familiar with the name Cheté, but you’ll recognize the name of its parent company, Prime Art & Jewel (think Elle Time & Jewelry, too). Cheté is owner Felix Chen’s European brand of fashion-forward jewelry—styles that U.S. retailers can buy as part of his PAJ line. But Chen confided to JCK that he was so pleased with Cheté’s booth presentation this year that he may bring it to JCK Las Vegas. Cheté has several collections of sterling, bronze, and gold-plated pieces; its Click & Clack collection of game-inspired jewels will appeal to a wide audience. Long lariat necklaces have gemstone beads with metal accents, leather, and/or chain, each featuring a variety of different gems whose properties are spelled out in accompanying marketing literature. And a percentage of every Click & Clack sale benefits a carefully selected children’s charity (the company is open to suggestions for a U.S.-based one, so anyone with a favorite should email email@example.com). Suggested retail prices for rhodium-plated bronze styles start at €49 ($67) and rhodium-plated silver pieces start at €90 ($124), while gold-plated pieces are higher.
Click & Clack necklaces in silver with gemstones start at €90, Cheté for Prime Art & Jewels
Gold-plated silver pieces with mother-of-pearl, man-made gems, and CZ are from the Roots collection, €120 each as shown; Cheté for Prime Art & Jewels
Ivy Jewelry in Hall 2.2 Booth G40
Ivy Jewelry has drop-dead gorgeous pieces! Every significant stone has a cert from an accredited gemological lab, essentially making every piece a one-of-a-kind because of the rarity of the rocks. A few of their newest pieces are below.
Ring in 18k gold with a 160.4 ct. cabochon-cut emerald with 2.46 cts. t.w. diamonds and 1.35 cts. t.w. tsavorite, and a platinum and 22k gold ring with an unheated 18.04 ct. Burma sapphire, 10.5 cts. t.w. side diamonds, 1.85 cts. t.w. pavé, and 0.48 ct. cabochon-cut sapphires, prices on request; Ivy Jewelry
Roberto Coin in Hall 1.1 Booth D09
The Italian design personality (who doesn’t love the incomparable confidence of Robert Coin?) has expanded on last year’s wildly popular Pois Mois collection with blinged-out add-ons and bigger and smaller sizes. (The suggested retail price of the entire collection now ranges from $975 to $75,000.) Coin also debuted medieval, Game of Thrones–esque shield styles, black and lavender jade pieces, additions to last year’s Scolare collection, some milky aquamarine numbers, an emerald cut within his Cento collection, a knockout Art Deco collection (possibly everybody’s favorite this year), and the entirely new Garden collection—which I got a sneak peek at during the VicenzaOro Winter fair.
Rings from the Art Deco collection feature vibrant colored gems and are too new to have final prices established; Roberto Coin
Rings from the Garden collection feature three layers of big colored gems and creature accents, and are also too new to yet final prices established; Roberto Coin
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