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These Royalty and Runway-Inspired Engagement Rings Are Fit for a Princess

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A gown from the Amsale collection during Bridal Fashion Week in New York, April 2018. / PHOTO COURTESY OF REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

In anticipation of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding, bridal designers sent gowns with an air of nobility down the runways. But like the new Duchess of Sussex’s gown, there were also simpler looks that relied on their cut for elegance.  As for accessories, heads were crowned in everything from flowers to diamonds. For jewelry, this translates into mixed metal and natural colored diamond tiara-inspired pieces, as well myriad versions of three-stone rings. 


Karen Karch

Invincible Crown ring with Invincible Tiaras bands on each side, featuring 18K white and blackened gold with 1.27-carat brilliant cut natural gray diamond surrounded by a small diamond and larger pear-shape diamond bands. 

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$2,450 (central ring), $2,400 (smaller diamond band) and $3,700 (large diamond band)

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Lauren Wolf

One-of-a-kind 18K white gold three-stone pear shape diamond ring with a 1.85-carat champagne diamond center and matching 1.23-carat champagne diamond sides. 

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$18,000


Megan Thorne

Floral tiara band with diamonds. 

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$1,375

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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Crescent Horns-Style Pendants Continue to Provide a Shape for Designers

Charlize Theron wore the style at the Critics Choice Awards.

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Charlize Theron in Messika at the 25th Critics Choice Awards. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

AWARDS SEASON OFFICIALLY began in January, kicked off by the 77th annual Golden Globes, followed by the 25th Critics Choice Awards. Necklaces provided the big news in a variety of sparkling diamond styles. Often, red carpet looks inspire what we will see in the upcoming seasons, but one look we noticed, the crescent horn pendant, has been trending for many seasons in designers’ studios. Charlize Theron wore Messika’s diamond version on a long diamond chain. Here we bring you three versions by independent designers in gold with diamond accents.

Pamela Zamore

18K gold hand-finished crescent radial charm with diamond accents (chain not included).

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$2,500

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Sophie Ratner

14K gold crescent pendant with diamond accent.

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$530

Jacquie Aiche

14K rose gold diamond pavé mini crescent horn necklace.

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$3,375

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From Over-the-Top to Shimmy Shakers, These Are the Latest Designs in Fashion Jewelry

Self-purchasers will go gaga for these 18 delectable creations.

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FASHION JEWELRY’S SPECIALTY is bringing dreams to life, often for self-purchasing jewelry lovers. This hard-to-define category ranges from affordable costume to precious pieces that all have one distinctive thing in common: There’s a little something special about them.

Jewelry by SOKO includes Samia mixed material pendant necklace (price on request) with a stacked combination of brass and ethically sourced teak that drops from a midnight-colored cord chain. Responsibly handcrafted in brass and ethically sourced wood by artisans in Kenya using traditional techniques. Also mini Bold Hoop earrings ($58) in recycled brass. Visit shopsoko.com for more information. MODEL: Izzy Andrews. PHOTOGRAPHER: Monroe Alvarez. AGENCY: LA Models.

Fashion Fantasy

Here are the spectacular, almost over-the-top jewels your customers have been secretly wishing for. Encourage browsers to try on the styles they wish they were bold enough to wear; once they see how good they look in these daring designs, they’ll be hard-pressed to resist.

Amy C Pyles

Copper necklace with spinel, brass heishi beads, rubber and brass.

$545

amycpyles.com

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Tatty Devine

Silver tone necklace with laser-cut acrylic.

$85

0207739 9191,tattydevine.com

KLOTO

24K yellow gold-plated sterling silver necklace.

$735

klotodesign.com

May Came Home

14K yellow gold and resin enamel tennis pendant with diamonds, inscribed “love-love.”

$1,700

(917) 517-5624,maycamehome.com

Dames a la Mode

Gold-plated brass necklace with multicolored crystal.

$105

(843) 475-0050,damesalamode.com

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Nouvel Heritage

18K rose gold hoop earrings with diamonds, black spinel and opal.

$6,800

(646) 681-7151,nouvelheritage.com

Kabana

14K yellow gold ring with Australian crystal opal and diamonds (0.32 TCW).

$6,870

(800) 521.-5986,kabana.com

Luvente

14K white gold earrings with white topaz.

$1,090

(212) 730-1003,luvente.com

Heir Jewelz

Silver tone hair clip with rhinestone rainbow.

$44

(562) 489-5822,heirjewelz.com

Party Tricks

These literal movers and shakers are so much more than they initially appear. We’re talking hidden compartments, secret hinges, unexpected dimensions and transformative powers. They shimmy and shake. Who could resist?

Syna

18K yellow gold flip ring with enamel and diamonds.

$3,650

(646) 321-0088, synajewels.com

Heavenly Vices

14K yellow gold spinner pendant with diamonds and two Victorian era coin love tokens.

$2,700

(404) 307-1639,heavenlyvices.com

Santo by Zani

14K yellow poison gold ring with opal, enamel and diamond.

$2,350

santobyzani.com

Dale Hernsdorf

18K yellow gold locket set with diamonds and rubies and containing loose diamonds.

$11,500

(310) 382-4387,dalehernsdorf.com

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Marie Mas

18K pink gold earrings with diamonds (5.10 TCW).

$31,500

+33 (0)6 76 41 95 52,mariemas.com

Lafonn

Platinum-bonded sterling silver earrings with simulated diamonds.

$195

(855) 2-LAFONN,lafonn.com

Royal Chain

14K yellow gold ear climbers.

$415

(800) 622-0960,royalchain.com

Facet Barcelona

14K white gold ring with diamonds (0.25 TCW).

$929

(212) 302-8200,facetbarcelona.com

William Llewellyn Griffiths

18K yellow gold poison ring with citrine and diamonds and 18K yellow gold key pendant necklace.

$4,280

+61 3 94192547,metalcouture.com

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These Were The Hottest Selling Jewelry Brands For December (According To Our Brain Squad)

Rolex was at the top, with John Hardy close behind.

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Marathon’s LeStage Convertible bracelets and clasps. If you take the time to introduce the customers to them, they become a “must have” item that continues to sell additional clasps. — Joe Caron, Caron’s Jewelry, Bristol, RI

Top-selling jewelry brands in December

Rolex (9), John Hardy (8), Gabriel & Co. (7), Lafonn (5), Stuller (5), Allison-Kaufman (4), Ania Haie (4), Frederic Duclos (4), Gemsone (4), Vahan (4), ASHI (3), Bassali (3), Berco (3), Cargo Hold (3), David Yurman (3), Hearts On Fire (3), Keith Jack (3), Michou (3), Nicole Barr (3), Pandora (3), Roberto Coin (3)

* Brands mentioned by at least 3 of 202 Brain Squad members when asked what they would be reordering in January.

  • People of all ages are loving those lab-grown diamonds! From bridal to studs, they have been a nice boost to profit margins! — Mark Kasuba, M. Edward Jewelers, Pittsfield, MA
  • Our basics diamond business continues to be strong (studs, line bracelets, etc.). Branded goods such as David Yurman, Rolex, Mikimoto, and John Hardy are still very strong! — Lowell Kronowitz, Levy Jewelers, Savannah, GA
  • Allison-Kaufman really came through for us this December as best sellers within the store, but they also got us some special orders on time to make our shopping friends happy! — Annette Kinzie, Leonard Jewelry, Stillwater, OK
  • ASHI Lovebright collection did well. Good look for the money. — Bill Elliott, Ross Elliott Jewelers, Terre Haute, IN
  • Kit Heath silver. Just put it in for the holidays and sold through it. — Michael Kanoff, Michael’s Jewelers, Yardley, PA
  • Carizza bridal from Shah Luxury, Flexi diamond rings and bangles from Iddeal Jewelry, $299-$999 priced diamond earrings and fashion pendants from Gemsone. — Dan Levinson, Ellis Jewelers, Concord, NC
  • Our hottest item was Carla‘s new floating jewelry series (ruby, sapphire, emerald, and turquoise). Diamond studs seemed to do well, along with small diamond pendants. — Allison Leitzel-Williams, Leitzel’s Jewelry, Myerstown, PA
  • We did really well with Michou, Tracy Arrington, Ania Haie. Classic pieces like diamond stud earrings are always in style and are the perfect gift. — Shannon Akridge, Clater Jewelers Diamond Center, Louisville, KY
  • Roberto Coin and Mikimoto were our stars. Lots of diamond studs and hoops. Not a great bracelet year. — Steven B. Goldfarb, Alvin Goldfarb Jeweler, Bellevue, WA
  • It was the year of the bracelet for sure. Flexible and expansion diamond bracelets from Variety Gem were hot! — Travis Piper, Piper Diamond Co., Vincennes, IN
  • Very few sales from the showcases but lots of custom pieces that consisted of taking pieces apart and making multiple matching items for members of the same family. I had four families that had me do that this season. — Dana Danford, Megagem, Anchorage, AK
  • Gemsone was our best seller. We saw several customers come in with their holiday flyer that we mailed out. — Gregory Fliegauf, Fliegauf Jewelers, Washington, NJ
  • Our silver and gold/silver jewelry category was excellent, including John Hardy (new this year) and Vahan, Some years are diamond stud years, and this year was one. Hearts On Fire sold well. — Richard Frank, Goldstein’s, Mobile, AL
  • Vibhor and Memoire: both very basic styling, extremely clean finishing and well priced. — Jon Walp, Long Jewelers, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Non-tennis diamond bracelets. Particularly Hulchi Belluni. Their price points and expandable links were a big hit. — Ralph Vandenberg, Vandenberg’s Jewellers, Edmonton, AB
  • Custom-made engagement rings with oval and pear diamonds. — Scott Lefcourt, Scottsdale Fine Jewelers, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Stack bands and stack bracelets from Gabriel & Co. and Sylvie Collection, larger diamonds, and Freida Rothman. — Robin Lies, Burnell’s Creative Gold, Wichita, KS
  • Elizabeth Locke and Damaso continue to be my best sellers. We also had a very nice season with pieces from Penny Preville. — Marc Majors, Sam L. Majors, Midland, TX
  • Aside from the normal diamond studs, we did very well with sapphire, ruby and especially emerald jewelry — who knew? These had been slow for years! — Debbie Fox, Fox Fine Jewelry, Ventura, CA
  • Custom lab-grown diamond engagement rings continue to be hot for our market. — Beth Cevasco, Scott’s Custom Jewelers, Fairlawn, OH
  • Diamond, diamonds and did I mention diamonds?!? Please don’t mention this to color, but they lagged way behind unless they were a designer label like Doves or Bassali! Custom rocked November and will present well in January, but was lackluster for the holidays, unless it was diamonds! — Denise Oros, Linnea Jewelers, La Grange, IL
  • Studs and oddly strands of pearls did well. — Rex Solomon, Houston Jewelry, Houston, TX
  • My wire-wrapped bracelets accounted for more than 60 percent of all my December sales. — Janne Etz, Contemporary Concepts, Cocoa, FL
  • Colored stone jewelry did very well for me. Stones from Scott Spurling and Kimberly Collins were a big help! Thanks guys. — Tommy Thobe, The Village Gem, Perry Hall, MD
  • Diamonds! Diamond studs, diamonds for engagement rings, diamond bands, diamond bracelets. Also, Montana sapphires and Montana Yogo sapphires, which are our specialty. The weirdest trend we saw were pins! We sold more brooches in December than we had in the previous two years! — Jennifer Hornik Johnson, Miller’s Jewelry, Bozeman, MT
  • Our own unbranded colored stone jewelry did terrific, and we sold lots of diamond stud earrings, and unbranded bracelets. Frederic Duclos was by far the best designer seller we had. — Brian McCall, Midwest Jewelers and Estate Buyers, Zionsville, IN
  • Hearts on Fire: because they outshine everything, and customers who experience one piece come back for more, every time. Gabriel fashion: because they have a great look for the price, and can fit into (almost) any budget. Diamond solitaire earrings: because they are classic! — Kim Hatchell, Galloway & Moseley, Sumter, SC

What’s the Brain Squad?

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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