There were lots of great jewelry designs at the shows in Las Vegas, but here are the 5 newer firms that I found to be most exciting and why.
Bhansali at LUXURY
When I spoke to Anar and Tej Bhansali, a brother-and-sister team based in Los Angeles, their fledgling firm was just four days old! But their jewelry aesthetic has the sophistication of a seasoned line, complete with pearls embedded with diamonds, gemstones set into stones, and flat bangles set with more stones.
Queen Vee in the Design Center at JCK Las Vegas
This two-year-old line uses a bee stinger in the shape of a dramatic, long V motif as a signature style. I appreciate that the motif is consistent from piece to piece, making looks cohesive, easy to mix and match, and, ultimately, easier to sell.
Joëlle at Couture
This is a seriously sexy line! This Belgian firm uses silver chain, some with black rhodium, and diamonds to make silky, slinky jewels that hit a price point and have wide appeal to women of all ages. This is the epitome of a fine fashion line.
Marli NYC in Prestige at JCK Las Vegas
This diamond-intense line is fashion forward (think pyramid motifs, over-the-knuckle and double- finger rings, ear cuffs and climbers, and more) and inspired by the youthful energy and vibrant culture of New York City. Since it’s diamond-intense, Americans will love it, and retailers will have an easier time selling it.
Schullin in Prestige at JCK Las Vegas
This Austrian jeweler offers substantial, well-made numbers in 18k gold, some items with juicy-looking cabochon-cut stones or copious amounts of pavé. While motifs vary—from pyramids to modified quatrefoils—every piece has heft to it and will inspire admiration from serious jewelry collectors.
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