I saw lots of jewelry that mantles the human form: wrapping around ears, spanning multiple fingers or draping other body parts.
Colette’s moment has arrived, and this spectacular piece was one of my favorites from the show.
Jacquie Aiche designs possibly the sexiest jewelry I’ve witnessed, with delicate chains grazing the hollows of the body.
I saw jewelry that challenged the perception of traditional earrings, like these from Wendy Yue.
Secret gardens with flamboyant blooms, night-blooming fluorescent gems, and undulating fauna. I even saw fairies…
Nikos Koulis was a new discovery for me at the show, I loved every piece that this Greek designer had to offer.
Indescribable colored gems, many that are one-of-a-kind in their size, shape or patterns.
Colette seeks out the exact pattern and shade of a particular gem to represent her vision of the finished work of art.
Katey Brunini is a wonder and so is her jewelry. This one-of-a-kind Opal ring felt very at home on my finger.
Not So Plane
Geometric perfection with precise planes was a welcome direction.
I met Couture Design Award-winner Lauren Harper at Couture, this piece literally stopped me in my tracks.
Naomi Blumenthal is truly a Rising Star, someone after my own heart with matchless details thought through in jewelry patterned after inspiration like fossilized microscopic sea creatures.
Rarefied strata of layers and levels, both in terms of metals layered over each other, translucent gemstones set over textured backgrounds, as well as tiers of jewelry on fingers, wrists and arms.
I met the design trio behind G&G Creations, and their work was like nothing else I’ve seen. They are also the best huggers in the industry (verified).
Malak Atut of Zaiken melds organic and sharp, translucent and opaque in her overlayed Hex series.
This was Zaffiro’s first time at the show, and I loved having a glimpse into their intricate, textured world.
Unless you have been to a jewelry trade show, there is really no way to convey the effect of seeing acres of ballrooms filled with sparkle of unprecedented workmanship and design. I couldn’t possibly see everything, and I’m trying not to fixate on the designers I didn’t get to visit. I was also so dazzled by the jewelry and genius designers that I didn’t always get the photo, or Vine, or (fill in the social media blank) I wanted. Next year, I need an assistant. Who’s with me?