An American Tradition
Not only is June a traditional month for weddings, it’s also, by industry convention, the time when bridal jewelry manufacturers debut their new lines. Keep an eye out for these new styles in Las Vegas.
Celebrate Good Times! Ostbye’s 8-year-old bridal jewelry collection, Celebration, is getting a timely update this year. Fifty SKUs—25 engagement rings and 25 bands—are new for 2011. Engagement rings in 10k or 14k gold, platinum, or palladium can accommodate center stones up to 0.40 ct., with melee bulking up the overall appearance. Design inspirations are both classic (think prong settings and split shanks) and contemporary, the latter achieved by sculpted accents, high-polish finishes, and bezel settings.
Renaissance Rings: Ten engagement ring additions to Vanna K’s Hand Engraved collection will have matching wedding bands by the time the JCK show opens in Vegas. The collection, available in 18k gold or platinum, launched last year. It debuted 100 SKUs: 50 engagement semi-mounts, accommodating center stones from 0.75 ct. to 1.15 ct., and 50 wedding bands. Designs take their inspiration from bridges and buildings in Florence, Italy. In gold, suggested retail prices start at $1,800.
Tassel pendant necklace in 18k white gold with 29.73 cts. t.w. diamonds and 18.92 cts. t.w. emeralds; $140,000; Katerina Maxine, New York City; 212-819-9408; katerinamaxine.com
Katherine Semyonov, the designer behind Katerina Maxine, draws on her Russian upbringing—her family emigrated in 1989—to create pieces that combine an Old World aesthetic with a new-money sensibility. An MBA in finance gave Semyonov the savvy to create “big grand looks without grand price tags,” she says, noting retail prices that begin at $4,800. While this Art Deco–like necklace doesn’t exactly fit those criteria, it does exemplify Semyonov’s genteel, ladylike style. Her 6-month-old debut collection, Lace, is carried by Caribou in Aspen, Colo., and will be on view at LUXURY Privé, July 25–27 at the Pierre Hotel in New York City.