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Luxury Shines Brightly At JA Fine Jewelry Preview

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Signs placed throughout the Jewelers of America Fine Jewelry Preview read “Live Life in Luxury” and “The Future Is Bright.” These definitely could be viewed as the themes running through this yearly press preview where emerging stars and established brands are brought together so that editors and bloggers can discover trends, talent and new items. This year, the different classifications radiated with a soulful and creative elegance and dazzled with sparkle and shine. All gave a nod to old-world techniques merged with new technological advances, creating an unstudied chic in jewelry and a wide range of styles in engagement and bridal rings.

Sponsored by the Cultured Pearl Association of America, Luxury Brand Group, Platinum Guild International and Silver Promotion Service, the event highlighted key trends in all of the classifications. These included linear earrings, wide cuffs, statement necklaces ranging from lariats to bibs to bold chokers, color in both tonal hues and contrasting combinations, and pieces that borrowed inspiration from the past. There was also a vast selection of engagement rings that would make any woman’s heart flutter.

Here are some of our favorite pieces representing these trends:

Line Up

Linear earrings made a showing in all variations of metal with diamonds and/or gemstones. We particularly love those that are long and lean but that have swing and movement.


Cuff Love

From sculptural to geometric, cuffs stand out this season in matte silver and gold, and singular pieces with a whole lot of sparkle.


Neck in Neck

Make your own statement based on the type of necklace that suits you best. You can choose from a diversity of styles. Check out these bibs, lariats and chokers.

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Color Me Beautiful

Whether we’re talking about tonal hues or contrasting combinations of vivid brights and pastels, this season is once again about color — and designers are choosing from a creative palette.


Past Present

Designers revive past inspirations with a modern vibe that works for today’s independent woman.


With This Ring

Today’s bride desires options to reflect her personality, and designers come through with myriad options. Here are just a few we that saw at the Jewelers of America Fine Jewelry Preview.

Beth Bernstein is a published author of three books and jewelry and fashion expert with 18+ years experience. A broad knowledge of the history of jewelry and fashion coupled with a background in "the story", writing, trends, design concepts has earned Beth a proven track record.

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This Fierce Female Client Type Wants Jewelry As Powerful As She Is

Jewelry with meaning resonates particularly strongly with her.

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WITH 2018 BEING NAMED “Year of the Woman” and 2019 headed on a similar path, empowering jewelry has remained a strong trend. The Fierce Femme puts her jewelry on like armor every morning, and each piece makes her feel strong and protected. She is drawn to statement pieces that hold deeper meanings, pieces that she can connect with and pair with her daily wardrobe.

1. Lindley Gray

There is something powerful about a pinky ring: it’s a small piece of jewelry that makes a big statement. This signet ring includes a black spinel, which is said to repel negative energy. When worn with the point of the triangle facing down, it symbolizes feminine energy.

$1,800

Foundation signet ring in 18K yellow gold featuring custom cut black spinel trillion.

lindleygray.com

2. Linda Hoj

This sword necklace was inspired by the designer’s daughter and signifies power, strength, protection and action. The Fierce Femme is drawn to this meaningful story; she knows that this piece will be a daily reminder that anything is possible.

$1,320

Dark Sister necklace in blackened sterling silver and 22K yellow gold with rubies.

lindahoj.com

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3. Imperfect Grace

Bold, gold hoop earrings are in, thanks to congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. They are an empowering yet classic addition to any outfit, including a power suit.

$1,380

14K yellow gold textured hoop earrings.

imperfectgrace.co

4. Cleopatra’s Bling

Our Fierce Femme loves a special talisman, and this ring fits the bill. It features the fearsome face of the Gorgoneion, which has been used as a protective symbol for centuries. It was worn as a protective amulet by the goddess Athena to ward off evil.

$992

Gorgoneion ring in 18K yellow gold with pink sapphires.

cleopatrasbling.com

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2019 Golden Globes Feature Dramatic Jewelry Looks You Can Adapt for Yourself

A-list actresses wore looks that can translate into everyday life.

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THE 76TH GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS kicked off the awards season with a dazzling dose glamour in dramatic jewelry that shone brightly. Diamonds dominated the evening in some of the most awe-inspiring necklaces we have seen in seasons, such as the Tiffany & Co. stunner that Lady Gaga wore and the antique, vintage and inspired styles seen on Dakota Fanning, Isla Fisher, Constance Wu and Michelle Yeoh.

Sure, we all need one stunning diamond necklace. But unless we need to be black-tie-ready on a regular basis or plan on attending red carpet events throughout the season, owning one of these pieces might be out of step with our lifestyles.

The other trends of the evening are more easily adaptable to what we can incorporate into our own jewelry wardrobes and can translate more easily into pieces we can buy, own and wear.

If you are like me, you might have watched the show and started longing for a pair of earrings that are lightweight yet are streamlined, linear and full of movement. We might choose a pair with less carat-weight, but these styles are definitely inspiring and are perfect when spring rolls around. They can work with everything from tanks and T-shirts to flirty or more sophisticated dresses. Here are some of our favorites that A-list actresses wore:

Julia Roberts in diamond Chopard double drop linear earrings.Photo courtesy of Rex/Shutterstock

Lupita Nyong’o in Bulgari earrings with swing and movement.Photo courtesy of Rex/Shutterstock

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Lili Reinhardt in Swarovski earrings. Photo courtesy of Rex/Shutterstock

Claire Foy in platinum and diamond Lorraine Schwartz elongated and an armful of bangles. Photo courtesy of Rex/Shutterstock

You might also prefer your bracelets piled on and climbing up your wrist. I know I do. We might not be able to create a blinged-out diamond story like these celebrities, but we can start our stack with a bangle, an Art Deco-inspired line bracelet or a wide cuff and then add to them when we can. Here are some of the looks that made my jaw drop. Once again, these are styles that go with almost any look in your wardrobe as long as you don’t allow your own sparkle to be outshined by your jewels.

Charlize Theron in stacks of Bulgari bracelets. Photo courtesy of Rex/Shutterstock

Julianne Moore in Chopard ruby and diamond bracelets. Photo courtesy of Rex/Shutterstock

Sandra Oh in platinum and diamond bracelets by Forevermark, Forevermark by Martin Flyer, Forevermark by Natalie K and Forevermark by Maria Canale. Photo courtesy of Forevermark

Kristen Bell in Harry Winston diamond bracelets. Photo courtesy of Rex/Shutterstock

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This Lengthy Trend Sparkled On the Emmys Red Carpet

The stars that dominated that dominated the red carpet.

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Scarlett Johansson at the 70th Prime Time Emmy Awards in Nikos Koulis earrrings, photo courtesy of Rex/Shutterstock

MANY OF THE STYLE-SETTING actresses at the 70th Prime Time Emmys appeared in the jewelry accessory that has been dominating the red carpet for the past few seasons. Earrings! Although several styles of earrings made an appearance, linear and elongated styles stole the spotlight, predominantly in diamonds that had swing and movement. An alluring showing of gemstone styles was in line with how fine-jewelry designers are interpreting the trend. They feature ultra-long teardrop, geometric and three-dimensional inverted triangular shapes, as well as specialty cuts.

Martha Seely

14K gold and amethyst earrings with diamond accents.

marthaseely.com

$2,565

Ark

18K yellow gold dagger earrings with white baguettes and round champagne diamonds.

arkfinejewelry.com

$7,245

Lika Behar

Sterling silver and clear quartz elongated teardrop shaped earrings.

likabehar.com

$500

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