While I’ve been expecting to see a lot of new trends (the Italians are considered the most creative jewelers on the planet by many), I have instead seen a lot of familiar-looking styles. For example, black and white, rosy hues like purple stones and pink gold, and heart- and animal-motif jewels have all ran in the pages of JCKstyle and JCK Luxury in the past two years; the looks surfaced again at this edition of the Vicenzaoro First fair.
But considering weak 4th quarter sales for many (not just U.S. stores), massive amounts of inventory, and a fast-approaching Baselworld fair (many Vicenzaoro exhibitors, including Mattioli, told me they were waiting until this venue to unveil new lines), I guess an editor can’t expect too much in the way of fresh creations. That said, I still saw a lot of great-looking and well-made jewelry that will coordinate beautifully with wardrobes—just off the rack or from the back of your closet. Here are a few more observations from the show. Enjoy!
Trend: Pink and Purple
Trend: Bib necklaces
Marte collection, Eurocatene for Gold Expressions
Centuria 1 collection, DML for Gold Expressions
Eclipse collection, Nuovi Gioielli for Gold Expressions
Trend: Additions to Cheap Chic
The Franco P collection targets young collectors in the market for sterling interpretations of Pianegonda stylized motifs: hearts, flowers, chains, and the Pianegonda logo. Suggested retail prices start at $135.
Roberto Coin suggests mixing a new piece with items from different collections that you already own for a unique look.
Trend: Addition to Freeform Shapes
Oversize 18k gold necklaces from the Pebble collection, The Fifth Season for La Quinta Stagione and Gold Expressions
Also check out Pippo Pierez Italia if you don’t already know him.
He sets gemstone and diamond pave onto chic 18k gold motifs—fruit, vegetables, Led Zeppelin-esque angel wings, and more—that start at $500. Most pieces are on simple leather cords. The styles are understated, hip, priced well, and, according to Pierez, made in Italy. I particularly like the cohesiveness of the look, even though so many different motifs are available, and the fine workmanship of the stone setting. The line looks very collectible to me, and is already carried by a number of high-end U.S. department stores and independent jewelers.