I See Sydney
You may have met her at one of the American Craft Council shows, but longtime jewelry designer Sydney Lynch will also be exhibiting this year at JCK Las Vegas. The Lincoln, Neb.–based artist, in business for 31 years, makes 18k and 22k gold styles with some silver, and has 65 accounts nationwide, including the Aaron Faber Gallery in New York City and De Novo in Palo Alto, Calif. In her pink-and-orange studio—inspired by time spent working on a Navajo reservation during college—Lynch and two jewelers make nature-inspired pieces that range in retail price from $150 to $8,000, in addition to one-of-a-kinds. Eighty percent of her line is made in bimetal, a combination of either 18k gold or 22k gold bonded to silver. “It’s a signature element in my line, and a wonderful product because I get a deep, beautiful yellow gold at a more affordable price than using solid 18 karat,” she explains.
Something Gold, Something New
Three new exhibitors to the Design Center in JCK Las Vegas offer highly salable—and affordable—options for retailers on the hunt for gold jewelry.
Élise Bergeron Jewellery
In her studio in Montreal, designer Élise Bergeron makes her own proprietary blend of 20k–22k gold, completed with a reflective yet rocky-looking finish she calls “crinkled.
She favors geometric forms such as circles and cones, often with silver and gemstone accents. In gold, retail prices start at $1,000. A best seller: a seven-cone necklace with white South Seas pearls for $6,000.
Kacey K Fine Jewelry
Kacey Karp of Kacey K Fine Jewelry favors personalized looks such as initials and monograms, as well as symbols like hearts and peace signs. In 14k green, white, yellow, and pink gold, retail prices start at $500.
Best sellers include monograms with negative space for $1,250 each from the Cutout collection, and tiny initial charms for $500 from the Mini collection.
Working primarily in 10k gold, Page Sargisson constructs textured pieces from imprints of vintage objets d’art—think antique letterpresses, Indian woodblocks, and scrollwork-covered silver platters.
The jewelry—which is made in New York City—starts at $105 retail for a necklace charm. (She also offers 18k gold rings, starting at $495, as well as some silver.) A popular item is a client-customized calendar charm accented with a diamond or sapphire in 10k gold, priced at $650.