Sleek Silver, Super Stones

The predominant design news at the fine jewelry shows has been the gradual encroachment of colored gemstones into the firmly ensconced trend of white-on-white-on-white. Colored gemstones mixed with white gold and platinum first made a splash at VicenzaOroI in early 1998. Earlier on, the style was to use mostly pastel gemstones, such as pink tourmaline and aquamarine, but it evolved to include dark and vibrant tones like rubies, chrome tourmalines, and sapphires. It has grown slowly but steadily in white gold and platinum jewelry, but colored gemstones paired with sterling silver have always been popular. Jewelry design is generally more egalitarian in its origins than apparel design. Until recently, most apparel fashion trends evolved in one direction: down the economic scale. New looks were presented at the haute couture and designer ready-to-wear shows, then interpreted in much less

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