Show Me the Silver!
If a new silver line is on your shopping list, you’ll want to check out these three brands debuting at JCK Las Vegas. One is a higher-end extension line from a manufacturer, one is an independent designer, and another features updated classics with a modern finish—but all will appeal to a wide range of consumers shopping within a price point.
Attentive jewelry buyers may recall seeing or reading about this newer collection earlier this year, but if not, you’ll have a chance to see the Great Neck, N.Y.–based line in the Design Center. Co-presidents Robert Namdar and Eli Hemati will be on hand to talk through the sterling and black rhodium-plated line featuring patented laser cuts for sparkling effect, as well as single-cut diamonds and some sapphires. The firm, which launched in 2010, currently has 27 U.S. accounts, including Vogt’s Jewelers in Allentown, Pa., and VaKo Jewels in Leawood, Kan. Pieces are made in India—in a factory that the duo own—utilizing CAD technology, and retail prices range from $100 to $1,500. At the show, ask to see the brand-new Midnight Collection and the much-expanded Sphera assortment.
Sarah McGuire Studio
Chicago artist Sarah McGuire, who has been wholesaling to hip jewelry stores such as the Clay Pot in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Twist in Portland, Ore., is now bringing her work to a wider market at JCK Las Vegas. Pieces are made in sterling silver with 14k or 18k gold accents, though she also has an all-gold wedding collection and some items in 10k gold. Signature styling is organic, with softly hammered and brushed finishes peppered with tiny diamonds and Montana sapphires. In silver and gold, retail prices start at $350; the entry price for silver-only SKUs is just $80. McGuire currently has 65 U.S. accounts, largely acquired from exhibiting at the New York International Gift Fair and Designers & Agents. Current best sellers include her diamond cube bead series in oxidized silver and 14k gold, which starts at just $415.
Ariva Living in Fine Jewelry
New from Cranston, R.I.–based Pranda North America, Ariva Fine Jewelry features 155 SKUs of sterling silver and 18k gold-accented jewels set with precious stones and pearls. It’s manufactured by Pranda Jewelry in Bangkok, and has a wide range of suggested retail prices—from $100 to $5,500—with core sales anticipated within the $180–$700 range. Female self-purchasers are the target audience. Pieces are recognizable by their acanthus emblems (commonly found in ancient Greek ornamentation, such as the leaves carved into Corinthian columns) and vine-textured surfaces, a nod to the tropical flora native to the manufacturer’s home base in Thailand.