The JCK and Couture jewelry shows were everything and more that I thought they would be. Amazing beauty everywhere: just walking down random aisles I saw the most spectacular sparkle! The best part, though, was seeing and meeting the people behind the jewelry. It’s so amazing to meet the designers and their talented staff who bring the jewelry to life. In a world of avatars, email, and Dropbox, it’s so much more gratifying to really connect with PEOPLE.
Trends from the Jewelry Shows
Trends? Oh yes, I saw definite trends in jewelry. Biggest? Probably a category that I call “Alternative Bridal”. Creative metal colors, uses, and textures, with responsibly-sourced gemstones and diamonds that are not your Mother’s 4-prong-set diamond (think antlers and vertabrae for inspiration). In bridal and other jewelry, diamonds were rose-cut, raw, sliced, and in their natural colors and textures. I saw tassels in necklaces and earrings: I think we’ll be seeing more. There was lots of black: blackened metal in the form of oxidized silver and black rhodium on platinum; black diamonds; and long strands of faceted black diamonds or glittery black spinel. Lots of texture in metals, and layers of surfaces paved in amazing gemstones. Color ruled, with peacock blues and greens everywhere, truly beautiful Opals were in abundance.
I spent the first day at JCK at the Mandalay Bay convention center. JCK is HUGE. I literally never even made it to one whole floor, and spent my time in the Design Center, Luxury, and Prestige Promenade sections. I spent two days at the Couture Jewelry Show, which is mostly independent jewelry designers, some established and some emerging, but all are amazing. I could have stopped at nearly every booth, but there just isn’t time.
Here’s a random sampling of images collected over the three days. I’ll be writing a lot more about many designers in the coming weeks and months, so stay tuned!