If you’re wondering what kinds of bridal looks will be debuting during jewelry week in Las Vegas, prepare yourself for hue déjà vu. Manufacturers tell JCK that many of their new designs highlight color—in metal and in stones—a trend that’s been steadily mounting for more than a year.
Jimmy Sengul, vice president of the Los Angeles– and New York City–based Demarco, says the diamond jewelry maker’s 2013 outlook was rosy—as in rose gold. “We’re mostly bringing micro-pavé styles that incorporate rose gold,” he says. And in the LUXURY exhibitor’s new Bubble collection, bubble-like motifs will exist only in rose gold, with 18k white gold or platinum shanks. Look for 18 SKUs in the initial offerings, starting at $1,595 for a semi-mount.
Kama Schachter Jewelry also is thinking pink—not metal, but color-enhanced diamonds in complete engagement rings. The firm’s new Fiamma color-enhanced pink diamond jewels are available in bridal rings as well as complementary fashion items such as pendants. The Fiamma collection comprises 75 SKUs of bridal and fashion pieces in 14k gold accented with colorless I1–I2 diamonds.
“Fiamma color-enhanced diamonds reproduce the beauty of fancy colored diamonds for $750 to $2,500 per carat,” CEO Colin Shah recently told the press. (The Mumbai-based brand—at the Plumb Club in JCK Las Vegas—maintains that its color-enhancement process is patented.) By comparison, he added, natural colored pink diamonds can range “from $10,000 to $100,000 per carat.”
Starting suggested retail prices for bridal looks range from $1,200 to $6,999 with center stone weights starting at 0.25 ct.; fashion pieces range from $399 to $3,299 with color-enhanced pink diamond weights ranging from 0.01 ct. t.w. to 1.25 cts. t.w. Ten karat gold styles also are available.
And to no one’s surprise, LUXURY mainstay Le Vian is bringing more of its favorite food-named lines to Sin City: Chocolate and Vanilla Diamonds, Honey and Strawberry Gold, and Blueberry and Mixberry Diamonds. Sweet!