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This Red Carpet Trend Conjures Dorothy Entering The Land of Oz

Technicolor has nothing on this jewelry.

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Elle Fanning at the Met Gala 2019 Awards in Tiffany & Co. Photo by Shutterstock

DESIGNERS ARE FEATURING an effect similar to what we experienced when Dorothy woke up and opened the door to the vibrant Technicolor land of Oz —exuberant and joyful color combinations. Many designers cite influences of the cultural crafts of faraway lands in a freewheeling kaleidoscope of vibrant jewelry.

Sofia Zakia

14K Rainbow Stardust ring with emerald, various sapphires, tsavorite, amethyst, ruby and diamond.

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$755

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Nouvel Heritage

18K gold medallion with sapphires, Paraiba tourmaline, spessartite, emerald, tsavorite and diamonds.

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$7,990

Robin Pelham

Synchronicity Sunset outer ring and Nebula inner ring in 18K yellow gold set with various sapphires, diamonds and tsavorite.

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$13,445 (set)

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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A Packed Store Like the Day Before Christmas? Wilkerson Makes It Happen

Deb Schulman says once she and her husband, Ron, decided to retire, she could feel “the stress start to leave.” The owners of B. Alsohns Jewelers in Palm Desert, California, the Schulmans had heard about Wilkerson over the years and contacted them when the time was right. Wilkerson provided the personalized service, experience and manpower it took to organize their GOB sale. “We are so impressed with the way Wilkerson performed for us,” says Ron Schulman, “I’d send high accolades to anyone who was interested.”

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From Gem-Rich One-Of-A-kind Earrings to Plique a Jour Enamel and Silver, These Are the Latest Jewelry Collections

Plus an interesting new take on pearls from Mastoloni.

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Tourmaline Dream

This vivid collection from Graziela Gems features the newly discovered “Graziela Tourmaline” stones from a family-owned mine in Brazil. Reminiscent of the coveted Paraiba tourmaline but slightly greener in hue, this terrific tourmaline makes a vibrant centerpiece to these dynamic designs.

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$3,450

14K yellow gold earrings with freshwater pearls and moonstone beads.

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Glamorous Geometry

The Bella Luna collection from MASTOLONI presents a luminous new angle on pearls. Creamy round freshwater pearls and delicately blue, softly iridescent angular moonstones offer a gentle but thrilling contrast as they dangle together from a variety of gold chains. Classic with a twist at its best!

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$1,715

14K gold pendant with diamonds.

Illure Allure

The subtle but utterly charming pieces of the Illure collection from A.N. International are everyday treasures waiting to happen. Pretty, petite, and twinkling with diamonds that are guaranteed to be natural, untreated and conflict-free. Available in bracelets, earrings, necklaces, or sets.

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$520

18K yellow gold earrings with purple lace Mexican agate, tanzanite, iolite, rainbow moonstone, chalcedony, and lavender spinel.

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Daily Doubles

New from Daria de Koning, the delectable Dailies collection offers one-of-a-kind earring pairs in the designer’s signature gemstone-rich style. Each pair is specifically scaled for everyday wear, with lush textures and remarkable stones that will elevate even the simplest T-shirt look.

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$6,200

Sterling silver bangle with enamel.

Enamel Ingenue

Hilary Finch uses plique à jour enamel to great effect in her modern, impossibly chic Visible Light collection. Clean sterling silver shapes punctuated with rich, translucent moments of color make these pieces a fantastic buy for the contemporary collector.

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$400

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Stuller Turns 50 and More Service News for January

Plus a private online community by WJA.

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Network on the Net

Connect, by the Women’s Jewelry Association, is a private online community just for WJA members. The platform offers many specialized discussion groups, local chapter forums, a member directory, and more. wjaconnect.womensjewelryassociation.com/home

Lab-Grown Launch

The Laboratory-Grown Diamond Exchange is the first online platform dedicated to safely buying and selling laboratory-grown diamonds. Market data collected from the platform will inform the Laboratory-Grown Diamond Price Index, which will publish cash asking prices for lab-grown diamonds.
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Stuller Turns 50

Fifty years ago, Matt Stuller started his business from the trunk of his car after realizing the industry’s need for quality findings and mountings. Now Stuller is an international corporation and is releasing a commemorative 50th anniversary logo to celebrate! Happy birthday, Stuller. stuller.com

Pioneer Lavalier

Lavalier Personal Jewelry Insurance will now offer two-way messaging to quickly guide consumers through the insurance process. Thanks to Pypestream customer engagement software, Lavalier can now quote and immediately bind customers’ insurance policies online for instant peace of mind. lavalier.com

New at DPA

David Kellie, an experienced marketer with more than a decade of experience working with consumer brands including Ralph Lauren, is the new CEO of Diamond Producers’ Association (DPA). Previous CEO Jean-Marc Lieberherr chose to step down late last year. diamondproducers.com

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These Are the Brands Our Brain Squad Was Reordering in December

Pandora led the way.

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Gabriel & Co. bridal is doing very well, along with their silver and 18K gold line. — James Stinson, Diamond Classics, McMinnville, TN

Top-selling jewelry brands in November

Pandora (5), Hearts On Fire (4), Rolex (4), Stuller (4), Gabriel & Co. (3), Ania Haie (2), ASHI (2), Bassali (2), Overnight Mountings (2), Sylvie Collection (2)

* Brands mentioned by at least 2 of 114 Brain Squad members when asked what they would be reordering in December.

  • Michou, Tracy Arrington and Ania Haie are doing amazing for us. The price points are fantastic, and we are not only selling as gifts, but we’re also selling one to the buyer too. — Shannon Akridge, Clater Jewelers Diamond Center, Louisville, KY
  • Kir and Cynthia Desser — bridge jewelry with great price points for self-purchasing women and gift-giving. Both designed and led by women. — Jessica Rossomme, Mucklow’s Fine Jewelry, Peachtree City, GA
  • Hearts on Fire needs almost no promotion as more people are repeat customers! They love the brilliance. Custom work, as always, is strong for us. — Kim Hatchell, Galloway & Moseley, Sumter, SC
  • Estate pieces are moving to new owners in a most pleasing fashion, kind of like when your brother-in-law finally vacates your guestroom. — James Doggett, Doggett Jewelry, Kingston, NH
  • For some reason, ruby jewelry was strong. In fact, all colored stone jewelry was strong, as we had several colored stone trunk shows that went well. Also, one-carat loose or simply mounted diamonds. — Dorothy Vodicka, The Gem Collection, Tallahassee, FL
  • To my surprise, lab-grown diamonds took off the week we put them in. Larger stones — one-carat and up — and a 55 percent gross margin! No ads, just showed them and bam! Times they are a-changing. — Alan Perry, Perry’s Emporium, Wilmington, NC
  • We posted a great close-up photo of a new 14K yellow gold oval 1.02-ct. set in a thin woven style shank and posed on top of a pumpkin. We said to “be thankful for the one you love this holiday.” We then sold a ton of engagement rings! Mary Jo Chanski, Hannoush Jewelers, Rutland, VT
  • It was a bracelet month! Diamond bracelets, Vahan bracelets, John Hardy bracelets, and yellow gold bracelets. — Richard Frank, Goldstein’s, Mobile, AL
  • Estate jewelry and period pieces, mostly rings circa 1900 to 1940s, but still making a living on diamond engagement rings one-carat and up, mostly rounds. — Barry Fixler, Barry’s Estate Jewelry, Bardonia, NY
  • Repairs are what keep the doors open; we are known for good service at a great price. Our custom work is up also. It is always earrings that move fast, as everyone needs another pair to match something. We get most of our earring findings from Stuller and make them in the shop. — Sherrie Schilling Devaney, Sherrie’s Jewelry Box, Tigard, OR
  • Re-tapping and re-channeling! Everyone wanted their jewelry fixed for the holidays. — Jennifer Farnes, Revolution Jewelry Works, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Bridal and Daum crystal seemed to be the bright spot for November. — Marc Majors, Sam L. Majors, Midland, TX
  • Overnight Mountings, Frederic Duclos and Galatea. — Laura Mease, Measetique Jewels, Shawnee, KS
  • Pandora was up, Maple Leaf Diamonds, Hamilton and Citizen. — Amanda Lanteigne, Gold-n-Memories Ltd., Steinbach, MB
  • Tacori and Fana bridal. — Michael Rumanoff, Rumanoff’s Fine Jewelry and Design, Hamden, CT
  • Rolex, Patek Philippe, and large 5-plus carat diamonds. — Todd Broadbent, Clarkson Jewelers, Ballwin, MO
  • Allison-Kaufman color, ASHI, Sterling Reflections, and our estate case. — Karen Fitzpatrick, Harris Jewelers, Rio Rancho, NM
  • Hearts On Fire, Parade Design, Sylvie Collection and Lashbrook. — David Blitt, Troy Shoppe Jewellers, Calgary, AB
  • Huggies, hinged hoops. — Kelli Reinbold, Vernon Jewelers, Salina, KS
  • Large men’s bracelets! — Wadeana Beveridge, Community Jewelry, Brandon, FL

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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