JCK Show Trends

Exhibitors at this year's JCK Show ~ Las Vegas showed their colors. Turquoise was the favorite, but orange hues such as coral, carnelian, mandarin garnet, fire opal, and citrine also livened up showcases, and the subtle rainbows of stones like opal, mother-of-pearl, and abalone had plenty of admirers. Even colorful silicone rubber cords contributed to the spectrum of hues brightening the displays. Many designers employed contrast to create harmony. Bold color combinations—think turquoise and coral—were popular, as were two-tone gold designs and pieces incorporating polished and matte finishes. Other promising trends spotted at the show include message jewelry, especially lockets and charm bracelets; one-of-a-kind pieces; the use of rough stones in finished jewelry; versatile, convertible styles such as earrings that go from day to evening by adding a detachable drop; and touches of

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