What jewelry styles or trends will you be investing in for the second half of 2019?
The store has played with fast fashion in seasonal colors from Alexis Bittar and Kendra Scott to great success recently. It’s fun to have so much new and colorful [merchandise] every season. I also see the trend of elongated gem and diamond cuts—ovals, marquise, radiants—getting stronger. That makes me think of the classic cocktail ring but with an elongated gem in a fun color. I love the simple and small, but very noticeable, look. Think of an east-west set diamond on a simple chain—great for layering, but also chic as a single piece.
—Michael Fleck, owner, Occasions Fine Jewelry, Midland, Texas, occasionsfinejewelry.com
What we’ve learned at Barrow’s in the last 41 years is that trends have a very short life span. We’ll accommodate shoppers looking for those products on a small scale. But the style I’ll invest in is diamond stud earrings. They’re classic and timeless and…people ask for them all the time.
—Lisa Barrow, co-owner, Barrow’s Jewelers, Toledo, Ohio, barrowsjewelers.com
Some trends we’ve been seeing that we’ll invest in are stackable bands for both hands, thin diamond engagement rings with two to four nonmatching bands, and right-hand bands. Older customers tend to love the bands, too, but [choose styles] that are much more symmetrical. Yellow gold fashion jewelry is still very popular, including bold gold bracelets and diamond and gold pendants. And 2 carat diamond stud earrings have become a staple for us, thankfully!
—Lynn McCary Thomas, co-owner, McCary’s Jewelers, Shreveport, La., mccarys.com
Everything’s been light and delicate for so long, and now we’re seeing styles shifting to bigger and bolder. We’re planning to invest in bolder styles of fashion jewelry—bigger and bolder earrings, necklaces, and bracelets—[with] both yellow gold and colored gemstones. We will also try some bolder mismatched earrings.
—John Henne, owner, Henne Jewelers, Pittsburgh, hennejewelers.com