When it comes to filling your showcases for the holidays, these styles are the favorites to tempt your trend-conscious clients.
Las Vegas Jewelry Week is right around the corner, and as always, INSTORE’s intrepid team of editors and contributors will faithfully trek out to the desert to bring you a look at the latest trends to be found. But why wait? We can give you a sneak peek right now of the sizzling styles that will make their way into wholesale showcases in Las Vegas. Here we place our bets on which hot sellers, emerging trends and expanding categories we believe you should consider before rolling the dice on new items to bring into your store. So have fun, gamble at the tables and go shopping on our predictions.
Turquoise translates into seasonless jewelry. No longer is it the bright green/blue associated with the warm-weather months. Like white after Labor Day, it has become widely accepted as a year-round gemstone. We no longer speak in terms of “the return” of this versatile gem, which is most appealing in high-karat gold. It’s one that’s here to stay.
Pavé diamond disc ring in 18K yellow gold inlaid with turquoise
Turquoise studs with beaded edge set in 18K yellow gold
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Sylva & Cie
Pear-shaped turquoise drop earrings with 18K yellow gold and accent diamonds
Gothic style 14K rose gold ring inlaid with Sleeping Beauty turquoise and diamonds
Price on request
Turquoise drop earrings with blue diamonds and 18K yellow gold chain
What goes around comes around, and that applies to hoop earrings in a big way for 2017. Along with diamond studs, hoops are a staple of a woman’s jewelry wardrobe. Celebrities love them, from actresses of the ‘60s to the stars of today’s music scene. Hoops have circled back around in twisted, hand-textured versions, sculptural silhouettes and with accents of different shapes and sizes of gemstones.
Bubble hoop earrings in 14K yellow gold with opal accents
Large Wave hoops in 22K yellow gold vermeil over silver
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18K yellow gold with diamonds (0.44 TCW)
Rugianda hoop in 18K rose gold with white diamonds (2.14 TCW)
Zipper hoops in 18K rose gold with pale champagne diamonds
LARIAT AND Y-NECKLACES
There is no doubt that Y-necklaces and lariats continue to trend in delicate and larger versions. The most on-trend of these styles are being designed with chunkier chain and larger medallions on the bottom for a look that can easily layer with other necklaces but can also stand alone. Bead and gemstone versions with accents of gold and diamonds or small pavé sapphires are also answering your customers’ desire for more color.
Stella lariat in 18K yellow gold accented with diamonds
Bar necklace in 18K gold set with pink and blue sapphires
Lariat necklace in 18K yellow gold and palladium gray gold with diamonds (4.37 TCW) enclosed in double white sapphires
With Every Breath floral pendant on clip necklace in 18K yellow gold and white gold with diamonds
Hand-woven necklace in 18K yellow gold with faceted pear-shaped citrines and diamonds
No Longer A Pair
Move over rings: earrings have fast become the category of jewelry to stack. There are myriad styles from which to choose and the best part is that you can wear them mixed and mismatched. Find a stud, invest in a diamond cuff or gemstone jacket, let a nature-inspired motif climb up your ear, or simply try out as many posts as you can. Layering is the key to multiple sales.
Thistle ear cuffs in 18K yellow gold set with multicolored diamonds and pearls
Sterling silver post and ear jacket with bezel-set cubic zirconia
Three row diamond helix ear cuff (0.20 TCW) in 14K yellow gold
Vertical ear climber in 18K gold with round brilliant diamonds (0.60 TCW)
Jeune Fille En Fleur ear climber in 14K yellow gold and white quartz crystal
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Not since the disco era has silver lamé in all its shining glory been as popular a fashion statement as it was on the fall/winter 2017/18 ready-to-wear runways. Jewelry follows suit. Crushed, satined, sandblasted, hammered and other hand-finished silver and white metals, sometimes accented by diamonds, offer a similar shimmer to the fabrics and remind us that solid gold is going head to head with textured silver this season.
Sterling Silver cuff bracelet
Conical studs in 18K white gold set with diamonds (3.99 TCW)
Spider cuff in white gold-plated brass
Wolf & Moon
Alcove hoops in hand-painted wood with sterling silver
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Hammer-textured Cyclone earring in 950 palladium and prong set with diamonds
All in The Wrist
Wide cuffs and hinged bangles continue to grow in popularity (as opposed to skinny stacks), impacting what your clients will want to wear. These pieces range from the new locket bracelets to distressed metals and chunky gemstone-set styles. For a statement look without the hefty price tag, why not try wide but sculptural styles that are open and airy, allowing for a big look without the heavy metal.
Large curved crossover X cuff in 14K yellow gold with white pavé diamonds (0.51 TCW)
Ark fine jewelry
Gateway bracelet in 18K yellow gold with rose-cut Indian blue moonstone (37.04 TCW)
Modern mourning locket bracelet in 18K yellow gold with the words “forget-me-not” in enameled detail and a forget-me-not flower set with black diamonds
Wide convex-shaped cuff with circular cutouts in black rhodium-plated sterling silver with matte finish
Sculptural wide sterling silver cuff bracelet with a satin finish
In Full Bloom
Ready-to-wear and couture designers planted the first seed of this trend during the spring/summer 2017 runway shows and it continued right into fall/winter 2017/18. Florals are rejuvenated each season, but this year we will see an explosion of blooms in all types of botanicals, from freshly picked garden varieties to exotic wildflowers in a range of styles from feminine to cutting-edge.
One-of-a-kind diamond and ruby earrings
Price on request
Hoops in 18K yellow gold with petals of rubellite and diamonds
Flower bracelet in rose gold, diamonds and pink sapphires
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Rounded band in 18K yellow gold set with a floral motif of diamonds and pink sapphires
18K yellow gold Lily Of The Valley brooch with enamel and diamonds, tsavorites and moonstones
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These designs offer a refreshing take on Native American jewelry, which features the neutrals of hot sands, the burnt-orange hues of sunset and the indigo evenings of desert skies (as well as turquoise, of course). The look takes the talismans of different tribes as well as the leather fringe and denim of the Wild West and translates them into a citified or bohemian street style.
Chasseur Fine Jewelry
Sunray pattern sterling silver extra large crescent pendant with beaded detail
Emily Keifer Jewels
Sterling silver lariat necklace with starburst set white star charm
Pavé diamond circle with suede fringe and 18K gold drops necklace
Karch x Wolfe
Turquoise with sterling silver and 18K yellow gold lariat necklace
Crescent moon earrings with diamond cut ball chain fringe in 18K rose gold and diamond accents
Taking their cue from antique demi-suites, jewelry designers are creating styles that can be worn in multiple ways. There are day-to-night earrings, which make a statement when all components are connected but take on a more everyday feel when pendant or fringe bottoms are detached. There are also rings that can be worn as pendants, and necklaces to which charms and tassels can be added.
Eden Presley Fine Jewelry
Earring/pendant transformer with lapis center stones, rainbow moonstone, turquoise, opals and diamonds set in 14K yellow gold
A stack of 18K gold and ruby wrap bracelets that can be worn layered around the wrist, as a necklace or ankle bracelet
Alberian and Aulde
14K rose gold clasp locks onto three different stations to create different looks and lengths in this sterling silver and rose cut moonstone necklace
Day-to-night earrings with tanzanite studs and tourmaline asymmetrical drops at the bottom in 14K and 18K yellow, white and rose gold
$387 (studs), $640 (drops)
Hexagon two-in-one earring with pavé diamond studs and faceted bead chain drops in 14K yellow gold; the chain drop is on a ring that is removable
Book ’em, danno
Books that cover renowned houses, enduring and meaningful motifs or modern designers will inspire clients to dream and to purchase. Why let your neighborhood book store make the sale when your customers can walk out with an extra luxury — or you could even give one free to your best clients as a holiday thank-you!
Taffin: The Jewels Of James De Givenchy
Written by James Taffin de Givenchy, nephew of fashion design icon Hubert Givenchy, this book explores the author's inspirations and masterful jewelry creations in photos by his brother Philippe. It offers both a sophisticated and lighthearted glimpse into his life and work with vivid homage to his experiences, references and his exuberant, colorful and sculptural creations.
Jeweler: Masters, Mavericks, and Visionaries of Modern Design
Written by editor-in-chief of Town & Country Stellene Volandes, an expert on contemporary jewelry, this book is a curated exhibit of 17 of the most influential international jewelers of our time. Volandes’ eye for uncovering modern talent and her narrative writing style along with the stunning images offer readers a peek into the world of these visionaries.
Fine Jewelry Couture: Contemporary Heirlooms
For this book, author Olivier Dupon has chosen a group of 30-plus jewelry designers who push the boundaries of their imagination and experiment with a variety of materials, yet always with attention to unparalleled craftsmanship.
Flora: The Art Of Jewelry
Patrick Mauriès and Evelyne Posseme bring us into the magical and exotic gardens of jewelers from the 1700s through the present. Beautifully photographed by Jean-Marie del Moral, Flora focuses on the pieces that are in the permanent collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
The Pearl Necklace
Revered jewelry author Vivienne Becker explores the pearl and its legacy and legends through the back stories, portraits and still-lifes of renowned women who draped themselves in them. Queen Elizabeth, Marie-Antoinette, Empress Eugene, Princess Alexandra, Princess Diana, The Duchess of Windsor, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Babe Paley and Helena Rubenstein are all included in this book.
BRAIN SQUAD HOLIDAY PREDICTIONS
We asked our Brain Squad: What do you think will be the breakout category this holiday season?
STACK IS BACK
“Stackable rings were a great trend this season! We sold several diamond and gemstone versions and even custom designed several options. They are also a big hit during bridal season. Every bride wants to put their unique twist on their engagement ring.”—Erica Lorenz, Michael & Sons, Reno, NV
2. GO ORGANIC
“Organic art deco. We have been receiving more requests for structural art deco with vines and leaves incorporated. I think it’s going to be a breakthrough, even in architecture.” —Jennifer Farnes, Revolution Jewelry Works, Colorado Springs, CO
3. IT’S RAINING MEN
“I’m asked for men’s jewelry constantly. Something classy, functional, shows a taste for luxury but isn’t gaudy ... we’re working on successfully filling that void.” — Jill Keith, Enchanted Jewelry, Danielson, CT
4. STATEMENT SIGNET
“We’ve seen a big demand for big signet rings, domed rings and large statement rings.”—Elysia Demers, Barnhardt Jewelers, Spencer, NC
1. Pamela Froman Crushed Melange stack with four 18K white, pink, and yellow “crushed” gold rings set with diamonds; the solitaire ring features a 1.23-carat silver Montana sapphire cut by John Dyer. $2,090-9,680, (323) 954-7436 | pamelafroman.com | 2. Alison Nagasue Spiral wrap ring in 18K green gold with diamonds (0.22 TCW). $4,800, (201) 926-0039 | alisonnagasue.com | 3. David Heston Sterling silver bracelet with black diamonds. $3,500, (415) 499-7635 | hestondesigns.com | 4. Anabel Higgins Scout signet ring in 18K yellow gold with diamonds (0.61 TCW). $7,800, (626) 799-3109 | anabelhiggins.com
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