If you missed Marcel Roelofs at JCK Las
Vegas, catch him at the upcoming International Jewellery London show. His
colorful, interchangeable jewels—clasps, and earring and ring systems—are made
in 18k gold, silver, and platinum and feature tourmalines, aquamarines, diamond
accents, and more.
One look at the jewels and the background
of the 35-year industry veteran is clear: Roelofs comes from a family of artists
whose paintings and sculptures inspired the soft round shapes of stones (lots
of cabochons) and even shanks in the designer’s signature style, which is a gentler (think fewer sharp angles) contemporary look.
“It’s a totally different look than
normal American styles,” he says. “I make a lot of one offs, and Americans like
Interchangeable rings—gem-set tops that
can be swapped out for different looks—feature tourmalines, quartz,
and rubellite with diamonds in vermeil baskets and 18k gold shanks; they
in retail price from $2,700 – $4,000. Marcel Roelofs, Erkrath, Germany;
In fact, some yankees like them more than
others. Roelof picked up three new accounts this year at JCK Las Vegas, and one
of them—a merchant in California—ordered 18 pieces. Roelofs’ starting retail
price is $1,000.
Retailers, what’s your take?