Live From Centurion 2014: Jewelry Insights and Styles From the Show Floor

New pieces at Centurion Jewelry, Feb. 1–5 in Scottsdale, Ariz., did not disappoint. I blitzed through that show on Monday; here’s the down and dirty of what I saw and heard.

Editor’s note: To see a better variety and more new pieces from the show floor, follow my Instagram feed at @jenniferheebner.

Yellow gold. It was everywhere! (Though fashion-forward pink gold pieces also represented nicely.) Steven Mazza of the Mazza Co. dished that “everybody was ordering plain gold,” thus the bevy of yellow gold shrimp styles on display. More modern classic gold lines could be found at the booths of Chimento, Fope, Roberto Coin, and Marco Bicego. Meanwhile, rose gold styles were on display at Phillips House, Lisa Nik, Sethi Couture, and Frederic Sage, among others. Makur even offered sterling silver and rose gold combinations, a decidedly unique spin on the two-tone gold-silver relationship (and a color duo typically only seen in bridal).

Mazza shrimp styles in yellow gold

Blast from the past: The Mazza Co.’s shrimp styles in yellow gold are selling again.

Tahitian and South Sea pearls. Mastoloni introduced long station necklaces with Tahitians and healthy cuts of orange sapphires, and white South Sea pearls with big cuts of colored stones like citrine and with ample-size yellow gold links. Partner Ray Mastoloni said it offered customers a more casual look, though not a lower price point (entry level isn’t really their business). Meanwhile, Todd Reed debuted his first-ever pearl line complete with Tahitians shown in exotic, partially metal-covered styles—as if the pearls were dipped in molten white metals and air-dried into finished pieces, with lustrous sections peeking through. It had the signature Reed aesthetic of textured metals and could easily mix with any of his rough-diamond numbers.

Long station necklaces. They were abundant at Mastoloni, Norman Covan, Syna, Ron Hami, and H. Weiss, among others, in gold with staggered or randomly set gemstone cabochons and beads.

Norman Covan long gemstone necklaces 

Higher price points. What a wonderful thing! Vendors like Syna have been fielding requests for more significant pieces, so that’s what they brought to the show: their cabochon-intense, yellow gold line was painted with diamond pavé, bringing up price tags and appeal to shoppers looking for more exclusivity. Arun Bohra of Arunashi is experiencing a similar reality, as he told JCK that “the market for $50,000 and up is doing very well.” Bohra showed tsavorite and abalone pieces that harkened back to 2013 Baselworld offerings and dished that he had a big tanzanite piece in the works.

Colored stones. Radiant Orchidesque stones were visible at the Mazza Co. and Doves, while big color was everywhere else: Suna Bros., Coast Diamond, Lika Behar, Eli Jewels, Getana & Co. at Fragments (which looked like it had bought into an opal mine with a display window packed with pretty opal earrings), and more.

Colored stone rings at Syna

Colored stone rings at Syna

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