Fine Jewels and Metals Take a New Role in Fashion There’s little doubt that fine jewelry is making more of a splash in the fashion arena. For the first time in years, runway shows are glittering with gems, fashion editors of consumer magazines are swarming to fine jewelry trade shows, and women are finally recognizing that, just as they purchase their own bags and shoes, they also can buy their own fine jewelry. Designers in the worlds of both fashion and fine jewelry are looking for new ways to link the two, and their latest innovation was on glittering display at the recent Academy Awards ceremony. Always a fashion trendsetter, the Oscars this year featured the usual suspects adorned in diamonds on their ears, arms, necks, and fingers. But in a new twist, gems also became part of designer frocks. When Leeza Gibbons made her entrance at the awards, for example, her Lazare Kaplan d

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