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Top Trends for 2020

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2020 HASN’T BEEN a usual sort of year, but we are the indomitable jewelry industry! The show must go on, even when the trade shows don’t go on. The beginning of 2020 showed some very clear jewelry trends, and even though much has changed, the core appeal of these trends remains strong. Without further ado, we shall survey the bolstering power of self-identity, the unique lure of unusual gemstones, the majesty of the mythical mermaid, and the soothing clarity of clean geometry.

Kimberly Collins Colored Gems jewelry includes trending hexagon shapes with amethyst hexagon diamond halo ring in 18K yellow gold, $2,475; amethyst kite earring with white zircon hexagon and purple sapphire in 18K rose gold, $3,500; and amethyst kite necklace with white zircon hexagon and purple sapphire in 18K rose gold, $7,375; as well as watermelon tourmaline split-shank halo ring with diamonds, $4,825. MODEL: Margaret Golliher; PHOTOGRAPHER: Sarah Golliher; (512) 661-8778 or visit kimberlycollinsgems.com.

Say My Name

Nameplates and initials are a timeless throwback that’s enjoying a powerful resurgence. There’s a reason that iconic fictional women like Blair Waldorf and Carrie Bradshaw loved to wear the letters of their own names: Naming oneself is a major act of empowerment, all the more so if that chosen label is immortalized in gold, silver, or diamonds. Personal identity endures through all.

EF Collection 14K white gold and diamond earrings with initial charms

EF Collection

14K white gold and diamond earrings with initial charms.

$835

(323) 952-6065, efcollection.com

Zoe Chicco 14K yellow gold necklace

Zoe Chicco

14K yellow gold necklace.

$625

(213) 489-1226, zoechicco.com

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CG Creations Sterling silver pendant necklace with rhodium

CG Creations

Sterling silver pendant necklace with rhodium.

$44

(800) 431-1606, windandfirejewelry.com

Midas Chain 14K yellow gold necklace

Midas Chain

14K yellow gold necklace.

$1,215

(201) 244-1150, midaschain.com

Aurelie Gi 14K yellow gold ring

Aurelie Gi

14K yellow gold ring.

$209

(866) 256-6151, aureliegi.com

Aimee Kennedy Sterling silver bracelet

Aimee Kennedy

Sterling silver bracelet

$250

aimeekennedy.com

Maya Brenner 14K yellow gold necklace with diamond

Maya Brenner

14K yellow gold necklace with diamond.

$520

(213) 627-2756, mayabrenner.com

Dana Rebecca Designs 14K rose gold and diamond bracelet

Dana Rebecca Designs

14K rose gold and diamond bracelet.

$4,205

(312) 751-1773, danarebeccadesigns.com

Royal Chain 14K yellow gold stud earrings.

Royal Chain

14K yellow gold stud earrings.

$120

(800) 622-0960, royalchain.com

Perfect Imperfections

Gemstones with interesting inclusions are one of nature’s most perfect little secrets. Once a niche category appealing only to gemologists, the wonderful world of included stones has finally captured the imaginations of the jewelry-loving public. Expect this category to appeal to free spirits, those with a poetic bent, and the scientifically inclined.

Acanthus 14K yellow gold pendant with dendritic agate and black diamond

Acanthus

14K yellow gold pendant with dendritic agate and black diamond.

$1,995

acanthusjewelry.com

Enji Studio Jewelry 14K yellow gold pendant with rutilated hematite

Enji Studio Jewelry

14K yellow gold pendant with rutilated hematite (58 TCW).

$1,825

(858) 229-3552, enjistudiojewelry.com

Judi Powers Jewelry 14K green gold pendant with dendritic quartz, blackened steel and 14K gold chain

Judi Powers Jewelry

14K green gold pendant with dendritic quartz, blackened steel and 14K gold chain.

$1,575

(718) 571-9049, judipowersjewelry.com

One by Mark Owen 14K yellow gold ring with star rutilated quartz

One by Mark Owen

14K yellow gold ring with star rutilated quartz (30.90 TCW).

$3,200

(201) 407-9444, onebymarkowen.com

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Loren Nicole 22K yellow gold ring with tourmilated quartz

Loren Nicole

22K yellow gold ring with tourmilated quartz.

$2,800

(424) 262-7319, loren-nicole.com

Valerie Jo Coulson 18K yellow gold earrings with rutilated quartz

Valerie Jo Coulson

18K yellow gold earrings with rutilated quartz.

$4,600

(717) 284-5097, valeriejocoulson.com

Avalina 18K yellow gold ring with dendritic quartz and sapphires

Avalina

18K yellow gold ring with dendritic quartz and sapphires.

$2,450

(703) 727-6585, avalinak.com

Andrea Fohrman 14K yellow gold lapis and rutilated quartz ring with blue sapphire and gold star

Andrea Fohrman

14K yellow gold lapis and rutilated quartz ring with blue sapphire and gold star.

$3,750

(818) 208-9304, andreafohrman.com

Sarah Nehama Sterling silver earrings with dendritic agate, banded agate, natural shell, and Baltic amber with a fly

Sarah Nehama

Sterling silver earrings with dendritic agate, banded agate, natural shell, and Baltic amber with a fly.

$1,450

(617) 435-9747, sarahnehama.com

Mermaid Style

The mystery and majesty of the sea implies serenity, undiscovered worlds, and infinite possibilities. More than just the fairy tale creature du jour, mermaids represent an ancient and powerful archetype that has captivated humans for centuries. Jewelry inspired by these legendary denizens of the deep blue sea is often organic, with flowing lines and sea-worthy hues.

 

Mosette Jewelry Design Sterling silver ring with liver of sulfur

Mosette Jewelry Design

Sterling silver ring with liver of sulfur.

$95

mosettejewelry.com

Hannah Blount Jewelry 14K yellow gold necklace with hand-scribed Kingman turquoise and India ink scrimshaw pendant

Hannah Blount Jewelry

14K yellow gold necklace with hand-scribed Kingman turquoise and India ink scrimshaw pendant (51.5 TCW).

$2,780

(857) 233-4779, hannahblount.com

Verso Sterling silver earrings with hand-dyed, resin-coated paper

Verso

Sterling silver earrings with hand-dyed, resin-coated paper.

$108

(541) 207-8477, versojewelry.com

Morgan Patricia Designs 14K rose gold ring

Morgan Patricia Designs

14K rose gold ring.

$1,095

[email protected], morganpatriciadesigns.com

Brent Neale 18K yellow gold earrings with sapphire

Brent Neale

18K yellow gold earrings with sapphire (5.60 TCW).

$14,500

brentneale.com

Michou Sterling silver and 22K yellow gold vermeil cuff with amazonite, mother of pearl, quartz, and topaz

Michou

Sterling silver and 22K yellow gold vermeil cuff with amazonite, mother of pearl, quartz, and topaz.

$747

(530) 525-3320, michoujewelry.com

Waxing Poetic Sterling silver and brass pendant with Swarovski crystals

Waxing Poetic

Sterling silver and brass pendant with Swarovski crystals.

$75

(805) 220-6509, waxingpoetic.com

Kimberly Collins Colored Gems 14K yellow gold earrings with tourmaline, tourmaline cabochon and diamond

Kimberly Collins Colored Gems

14K yellow gold earrings with tourmaline (2.26 TCW), tourmaline cabochon (48.33 TCW), and diamond (0.06 TCW).

$11,375

(512) 661-8778, kimberlycollinsgems.com

Pinky Swear Sterling silver and 18K yellow gold earrings with diamonds.

Pinky Swear

Sterling silver and 18K yellow gold earrings with diamonds.

$2,900

(503) 758-1962, pinkyswearjewelry.com

Hexagons

There’s something perfect about the gorgeous geometry of these sleek six-sided shapes. Edgier than a circle but less literal than a star or sunburst, hexagons are soothingly symmetrical and endlessly versatile. Stunning as a solo silhouette, gemstone shape, or as an element in a larger motif, these sexy hexies are unstoppable.

Lafonn Platinum-bonded sterling silver ring with simulated diamonds and black enamel

Lafonn

Platinum-bonded sterling silver ring with simulated diamonds and black enamel.

$170

(855) 2-LAFONN, lafonn.com

Excliv 925 Sterling silver men’s pendant with tiger’s eye

Excliv

925 Sterling silver men’s pendant with tiger’s eye.

$259

(844) 275-3957, excliv.com

Harwell Godfrey 18K yellow gold earrings with sapphire and tsavorite

Harwell Godfrey

18K yellow gold earrings with sapphire and tsavorite.

$1,450

harwellgodfrey.com

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Rach B Jewelry 14K yellow gold fill earrings with rhinestones

Rach B Jewelry

14K yellow gold fill earrings with rhinestones.

$70

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Forevermark 18K white gold necklace with diamond

Forevermark

18K white gold necklace with diamond (0.40 TCW).

$1,799

(203) 388-3550, forevermark.com

Rona Fisher Jewelry Oxidized silver and 18K yellow gold ring with rhodolite

Rona Fisher Jewelry

Oxidized silver and 18K yellow gold ring with rhodolite.

$795

(215) 627-3848, ronafisher.com

Chandally 18K yellow gold and oxidized sterling silver earrings

Chandally

18K yellow gold and oxidized sterling silver earrings.

$2,600

chandally.com

Sarah Graham Metalsmithing 18K yellow gold and oxidized cobalt chrome ring with diamonds

Sarah Graham Metalsmithing

18K yellow gold and oxidized cobalt chrome ring with diamonds.

$2,190

(415) 626-5250, sarahgraham.com

Noor Shamma 18K yellow gold earrings with emeralds

Noor Shamma

18K yellow gold earrings with emeralds.

$2,500

(718) 675-0674, noorshamma.com

Becky Stone writes about jewelry styles for INSTORE. She is founder and CEO of well-known jewelry blog Diamonds in the Library.

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