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The bracelet is a bit of an unsung hero in the jewelry world: Bracelets don’t have the up-front-and-center advantage of necklaces, the simple sentimentality of rings or the ease of earrings. That said, from chunky cuffs to chiming charms and barely-there bangles, nothing elevates an outfit like the addition of exactly the right bracelet.

This article originally appeared in the October 2016 edition of INSTORE.


 

NINA NGUYEN

WHY WE LOVE IT: As good solo as they are in a stack, these bangles are perfect for the customer who likes to catch ’em all. Start with one, come back for more.

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DESCRIPTION: 14K gold and oxidized sterling silver bangles with a mix of Sleeping Beauty turquoise, opals, tourmaline, emerald, and rose-cut diamonds. MSRP: $498-$1,998 nina-nguyen.com


 

PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS

➤ In this golden age of stacking, jewelry lovers are always on the hunt for a piece that layers well but still has enough presence to be worn alone. The key is a design that’s interesting, but not too complicated to wear alongside other bracelets.

 

TURA SUGDEN

WHY WE LOVE IT: Elegant hardware with a sophisticated row of deep blue sapphire baguettes marching down the middle — this delicate design could not be more chic.

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DESCRIPTION: Blue sapphires and 18K yellow gold bracelet. MSRP: $4,950 turasugden.com

MONICA RICH KOSANN

WHY WE LOVE IT: Can you imagine a cooler base for a charm bracelet than a bracelet that is already a locket? Gorgeous solo or adorned with add-ons.

DESCRIPTION: 18K yellow gold charm bracelet with a turquoise stone. MSRP: $3,300 monicarichkosann.com

 

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CAROLINA BUCCI

WHY WE LOVE IT: Rich, textured gold in an array of colors makes this piece a sumptuous but easy-to-throw-on luxury that will go with anything, anytime.

DESCRIPTION: 18K mixed color golds bracelet. MSRP: $14,400 carolinabucci.com

 


 

ACANTHUS JEWELRY

WHY WE LOVE IT: The graphic va-va-voom of vibrant 24K gold patterns against the dark oxidized silver background is too compelling to resist.

DESCRIPTION: 24K gold on oxidized silver cuff, applied and fused by hand. MSRP: $980 acanthusjewelry.com

 


 

NOTEWORTHY NEUTRALS

➤ Flashy statement pieces have their time and place, but there’s one piece of jewelry that never, ever invites buyer’s remorse: the high-quality neutral. These classic, versatile bracelets will go with absolutely everything, making them the perfect go-to accessory to reach for on any occasion.

 

FREDRIC DUCLOS

WHY WE LOVE IT: The smooth expanse of shining silver and asymmetrical design make this cuff a neutral that’s anything but basic.

DESCRIPTION: Cuff in sterling silver. MSRP: $275 fredericduclos.com

 


 

EDEN PRESLEY

WHY WE LOVE IT: Luscious bi-color tourmalines all in a row, gorgeously geometric and spectacularly symmetrical.

DESCRIPTION: 14K gold bangle with tourmaline and diamonds (0.18 TCW) MSRP: $2,860 edenpresley.com

 


 

ANZIE

WHY WE LOVE IT: No-fuss bezel settings and a colorful explosion of spinel make this piece light, bright and irresistible.

DESCRIPTION: Multicolored spinel bangle in 14K yellow gold. MSRP: $3,650 anzie.com

 


 

 

BRIGHTEN UP

➤ Whoever said that bracelets needed to be neutral? Add some pizzazz to that arm party by reaching for bangles and cuffs rife with richly colored gemstones.

 

MARCIA BUDET

WHY WE LOVE IT: Clusters of bright stones on delicate lengths of chain make for a visually captivating, almost architectural effect.

DESCRIPTION: 18K gold bracelets with rhodolite garnet and moonstone or iolite and chrome diopside with diamonds (0.15 TCW) MSRP: $1,295-$1,595 marciabudet.com

 


 

CHAMILIA

WHY WE LOVE IT: “Be awesome” is advice we can get behind — and how cute is that bee? A fun, joyful piece.

DESCRIPTION: Sterling silver bangle MSRP: $49 chamilia.com

 


 

WEAR YOUR HEART ON YOUR SLEEVE

➤ The wrist is the perfect place to put a sentimental piece that you want to be able to see as well as feel. Put these meaningful bracelets right over your pulse point and they’ll remind you of what’s important all day long.

 

SHEMA-OR

WHY WE LOVE IT: The central medallion is an artistic rendering of the most important prayer in Judaism, the Shema. Beautiful, innovative and spiritually significant.

DESCRIPTION: Silver and red string bracelet MSRP: $40 shema-or.com

 


 

ZENNED OUT

WHY WE LOVE IT: The way this cuff whispers its inspirational message against the wearer’s skin instead of announcing it to the world feels so intimate and genuine.

DESCRIPTION: Handstamped copper cuff MSRP: $75 zennedout.com

 


 

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Here Were the Top-Selling Jewelry Brands for January, According to Our Brain Squad

Rolex led the way.

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  • We can’t seem to keep Tru-Reflections by Gemsone earrings and pendants in our store. We seem to replace them every week. Great quality for the price point. — Stephenie Bjorkman, Sami Fine Jewelry, Fountain Hills, AZ
Top-selling vision brands in January

Rolex (4), Gabriel & Co. (3), Lafonn (3), Artistry (2), ELLE (2), Gemsone (2), Hearts On Fire (2), Maple Leaf Diamonds (2), Michou (2), Officina Bernardi (2), Rembrandt Charms (2), Stuller (2), Vahan (2)

* Brands mentioned by at least two of 134 Brain Squad members when asked what they would be reordering in February.

  • Rolex timepieces are still strong. In fashion, John Hardy had a great month. Engagement rings rounded out our best category for January. — Tonia Ulsh, Mountz Jewelers, Camp Hill, PA
  • Customers have been coming in for wedding bands … lots of custom bands to make. We’ll take it! — Mary Jo Chanski, Hannoush Jewelers, Rutland, VT
  • Repairs and custom drove our sales for January. It seems like everything needs to be customized now so that it makes it personal and sentimental! — Annette Kinzie, Leonard Jewelry, Stillwater, OK
  • Surprisingly, pearls were the stars in January. I am seeing a return to the classic pearl choker with a simple diamond clasp. I have noticed clients being more knowledgeable, looking for ocean pearls vs. freshwater ones, white satin lined boxes for storage. One even checked every knot to be satisfied they were uniform. All things I typically lecture about, but lo and behold, most already knew what to do! I am liking these new knowledgeable clients; it makes sales so much easier. — James Doggett, Doggett Jewelry, Kingston, NH
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    The interest in lab-grown diamonds continues to grow among customers. We are surprised a bit as to their acceptance. — Alex Weil, Martin’s Jewelry, Torrance, CA

  • Hearts On Fire, Stuller (custom), Vahan and Coast Diamond. — Richard Frank, Goldstein’s, Mobile, AL
  • Ashi sterling and color, Lafonn, Les Georgettes inserts and bracelets, and Nambe sterling jewelry. — Karen Fitzpatrick, Harris Jewelers, Rio Rancho, NM
  • Gary Youngberg, Ames Silversmithing, Ames, IA
  • Our custom design keeps going strong. Leah Alexandra is also doing super for us. — Sandra Locken, Sarini Fine Jewellery, Vulcan, AB
  • Antwerp diamonds and inside/outside diamond hoops sold well! Also Michou and ELLE. — W.J. Smith III, Smith Jewelers, Franklin, VA
  • We are doing tons of repair. Two jewelers from two small towns within about a 20-mile radius of us closed last year, one in March and one in December. We are getting lots of work! — Cliff Yankovich, Chimera Design, Lowell, MI
  • With bad weather days, custom is keeping us going. Podium allows us to reach out to customers from our store phone numbers. Color is making more of a dent in our stores, not one specific color either, both precious and semi-precious. Slate and Tell does well for lower price point. Aspire is a great line by Berco for the price point. — Julee Johnson, Julee’s Jewelry, Mankato, MN
  • Antique and estate jewelry … particularly Victorian rings! — Patty Gallun Hansen, Dorothy Gallun Fine Jewelry, Cedarburg, WI
  • Custom jobs and bridal carried our month. We use Bellissima by Gemsone, and it’s streamlined our custom and made it much easier for the entire staff to sell custom. — Robert Mullen, Mullen Bros. Jewelers, Swanswa, MA
  • Rolex, Hamilton watches and Birks were our top three. — Rhonda Neary, Diamond Design, St. John’s, NL
  • Repairs were our top money take-in. We will be ordering more gold jewelry since we are expanding our case space for it. — Craig C. Curtis, Belfast Jewelry, Belfast, ME
  • Uno de 50 has been growing a new fan base almost every day. — mdash; Karen Hollis, K. Hollis Jewelers, Batavia, IL

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If you’re the owner or top manager of a U.S. jewelry store, you’re invited to join the INSTORE Brain Squad. By taking one five-minute quiz a month, you can get a free t-shirt, be featured prominently in this magazine, and make your voice heard on key issues affecting the jewelry industry. Good deal, right? Sign up here.

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Personalized Display Tray, A Glamorous Tea Strainer and More Jewelry Pro Gear for March

Stephen Webster’s new tea strainer is a must-have.

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A Display for Today

You can fill your store with the most beautiful jewelry in the world, but your customers will have a hard time falling in love with it if it’s not displayed properly. This chic, minimalist display would flatter any number of styles.

$42

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The Prettiest Planter

This Modern Mud Planter isn’t shaped precisely like a gemstone, but something about its unusual beauty calls to mind the treasures of the earth. If you don’t have a green thumb, this vessel would also make a gorgeous catchall.

$92

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Wood You Hold My Jewelry?

This unforgettable ring box from The Family Joolz is lined in velvet and lovingly handcrafted from a genuine wood burl. Burls like this one occur naturally and cannot be forced; this design is as unique as it gets.

$139.99

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Terrific Tray

This lovely marble tray by Wanderweg comes in walnut, oak, or maple and can be personalized with either the name of a special customer or maybe the name of your store? Beautiful for displays or gifts!

$11

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Tea Time

We’re swooning over this glamorous tea strainer from jeweler Stephen Webster’s new homewares collection! Sure, it’s over the top … but aren’t we all a little extra sometimes?

$95

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How Diamond Necklaces Heated Up the Golden Globes Red Carpet

Drop necklaces and chokers dominated.

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AT THE 76TH ANNUAL Golden Globe Awards, the diamond necklaces gracing A-list actresses’ necks ran the gamut from the high drama of the Tiffany & Co. drop necklace worn by Lada Gaga to antique-inspired styles like the delicate bow and garland Beladora look worn by Dakota Fanning. Chokers made a comeback as well, from geometric forms such as the Cartier stunner Rachel Weisz wore and the wide diamond Bulgari collar on Kiki Layne to the more delicate Messika diamond choker adorning Constance Wu’s neck. Why not inspire your customers to invest in a similar
statement-making style, within their budget?

Gumuchian

Cascade Riviera pear drop diamond and platinum necklace (14.60 TCW).

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$86,000

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Forevermark

18K white gold Lace of Light diamond choker (43.15 TCW).

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Kwiat

Double strand diamond necklace with various cuts of diamonds set in platinum.

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