What’s Not New?

"But there's nothing really new!" Walking the spring jewelry shows, JCK's editors heard this complaint from more than a few retailers. To an extent, they're right. A lot of the jewelry shown at the spring shows was a continuation of previously seen themes. Likewise, the spring fashion runways weren't bursting with directional newness. It raises the question of whether there's some kind of unseen force dictating when new products shall be created and when existing designs shall suffice. To apply a common phrase to fashion, sometimes no news is good news. For one thing, the public needs a rest. Very few people have the time, money, or desire to reinvent themselves every fashion season. As JCK has observed many times in the past, fine jewelry design is evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Our product is just too expensive to be revolutionary. While there are certainly people who

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