February 23, 2012 3:18 pm
For all of us in the jewelry industry, January starts off with a bang. Tradeshow season commences with back-to-back shows and before we know it, we’re well into February. With preparations for Las Vegas Jewelry Week not far away, we decided to poll our members who exhibited at some of the early shows for an inside glimpse at what brands were showing (and what retailers were looking for). We’ll also spotlight their new product debuts in the top trending categories.
VincenzaOro Winter 2012
We spoke with Dimple Shah of Bapalal Keshavlal who attended the show and reported very good brand exposure and average business. Being the first show of the season, retailers were looking for new and interesting pieces. Year of the Dragon themes were noticeable as was anything unique and ornate. Bapalal Keshavlal presented the new Auratam collection, a fashion suite featuring sheets of gold, laser cut and accented with white gold and diamonds.
Bapalal Keshavlal’s New Auratam Collection
We connected with Myriam Gumuchian of Gumuchian after the show. Myriam explained that although they were fully booked and there was a great buzz at the show, retailers were holding back spending on bigger ticket items. The focus was on buying only what they felt they absolutely needed in their stores, re-ordering basic items and buying some less expensive items for the spring. Gumuchian added new pieces to their Gallop collection, a price point-oriented line with diamond rings and bands starting at $1,600 MSRP.
Gumuchian ‘Gallop’ Band
Tom Heyman, of Oscar Heyman, reported that retailers were more positive about 2012, making for a nice overall vibe at the show. He found a strong demand for classics of very fine quality, and anything unusual and “luscious” also attracted interest. Oscar Heyman introduced an assortment of classics as well as artistic and deco inspired pieces.
Oscar Heyman platinum emerald and diamond earrings
JA New York
Nikki Bruce of Deakin & Francis shared that the JANY show had a positive atmosphere, where great feedback was given all around. It seemed that retailers were excited by uniqueness, individuality and personal touches of the Deakin & Francis line. The brand showcased its Autumn/Winter 2012 collection, chock full of whimsical designs including cupcakes and sweets.
Deakin & Francis Confectionary Cufflinks
February 9, 2012 6:06 pm
Pantone’s ‘Color of the Year’ for 2012, Tangerine, conjures images of creamsicles and ranunculus, not to mention citrine, orange sapphire and varying shades of garnet, tourmaline and topaz. Vibrant and fresh, the color lends itself to fine jewelry and is a welcome look for Spring. In homage, we asked our designers to share their latest creations featuring the season’s hottest hue. These pieces will surely make you dream in tangerine!
Andréa Candela’s 18k white gold and sterling silver cushion citrine pendant
Bertolucci’s stainless steel watch with rose gold bezel and orange mat calf and varnished alligator strap
Eichhorn Gems’ Imperial topaz drop earrings
Oscar Heyman’s orange sapphire and diamond earrings set in 18k gold and platinum
Steven Kretchmer Design's custom ‘OR’ ring and band combo featuring an orange sapphire center stone, available in 18k or platinum
William Levine Fine Jewels’ orange sapphire bangle bracelet
February 9, 2012 5:43 pm
After a banner holiday season, jewelry’s other favorite holiday is at our doorstep. Valentine’s Day is casting a particularly captivating vibe this February; it seems all of us in the jewelry industry are basking in the glow of jewelry’s triumphant return and ready to celebrate once again. This time, the occasion calls for fresh new designs that speak to the heart. Check out these thematic gift ideas from our designers that Cupid would surely approve of.
For information on ordering any pieces in time for the holiday, be sure to visit our Brand Showrooms.
Andréa Candela’s diamond and onyx heart drop earrings, $475
Color Story’s pink tourmaline and diamond flower bud earrings from the Fleur collection, $1,700
Deakin & Francis’ Good & Bad Heart Cufflinks featuring bright poppy red enamel and one pair of devilish horns
Black and White
Garavelli’s white and black diamond open heart pendants set in 18k white gold, $6,200-$11,000
I. Reiss’s 14k yellow gold hand-crafted “Love” pendant featuring ‘The International Language of Love’ beautifully etched in six different languages, $1,900
Lagos’ “X” diamond statement cuff, $9,000
Makur’s perfectly matched 18k rose gold and morganite rings embellished with diamonds and set in 18k white gold, price upon request
Steven Kretchmer Design's open heart and pink sapphire earrings, $2,180 in 18k white gold or $2,300 in platinum
Masriera’s 18k yellow gold ‘True Love’ pendant featuring topaz and fired enamel, $1,600
Gumuchian’s diamond and pink sapphire bracelet set in platinum, $40,000
Oscar Heyman’s sapphire, ruby and diamond “Love” ring, $7,000
January 17, 2012 2:42 pm
Award Show season began in earnest Sunday night with the broadcasting of the 69th Annual Golden Globe awards. As always, the Globes set the tone for red carpet fashions and what we can expect to see for the remainder of this uber-glamorous time of year. The big Spring trends of extra long earrings, organic shapes and vibrant color were indeed given the Hollywood treatment, but it was the diamond intensive cuff that stole the show. The stars’ wrists (and arms, thanks to stacking!) were decked with diamonds. We also saw many an earlobe dripping with diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, citrine, turquoise and even jade. Not surprisingly, our designers are ahead of the curve and boast an array of styles that mirror the looks seen on the stars! Check out their red carpet worthy pieces below!
Andrew Meyer’s 18k white gold Heart-Motif cuff bracelet with 8.95 carats of round, brilliant-cut diamonds
Mattioli’s white gold and diamond cuff from their Siriana Collection
Andréa Candela’s diamond and turquoise earrings
Oscar Heyman’s diamond and emerald earrings
Christopher Designs Diamond Drop Earrings.
Long Diamond Earrings
A.Link’s FOREVERMARK Chandelier Earrings
Cordova’s 18k white gold and diamond earrings from their Mosaic Collection
December 14, 2011 4:30 pm
10…9…8…New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and what better night than this to wear jewelry! No matter what the evening’s plan entails, here are a few glamorous suggestions from our designers to ensure revelers are bejeweled before the clock strikes midnight!
Black Tie Affair
Picchiotti’s Passion Sapphire necklace, featuring white diamonds and oval sapphires set in platinum
Leo Pizzo’s Crop Collection Cocktail Ring, featuring a cluster of diamonds in white gold
Tri Gem’s Pearl Drop Earrings, with white south sea pearls, sapphires and diamond accents set in white gold
Dinner with Friends
Oliva’s Threefold Love earrings, featuring triple pave white diamonds and yellow gold discs
Doris Panos’ Daphne Cocktail Ring, featuring a Morganite center stone surrounded by pave diamonds set in yellow gold
Ramon’s Rose Gold bracelet, featuring a cabochon smoky quartz with diamond accents
Downtown Cocktail Party
Jack Kelege’s Red Enamel and diamond earrings, set in white gold
Old World Chain’s Hammered Sterling Silver Cuff bracelet with diamond edge
Louis Tamis’ Link Necklace, with faceted citrines and amethysts in yellow gold