Creative energy seemed to be bubbling over at the JCK and Couture Shows in Las Vegas earlier this month, with designer and manufacturer exhibitors displaying a whirl of color, innovative metals and bold style. Arguably the most exciting and important trade event of the year, Jewelry Week is not to be missed. But don't worry if you did, that's what Jewelers of America is here for! We've compiled the trends that created the most buzz amongst jewelry trend spotters at JCK Magazine, INSTORE, The Jewelry Editor and WWD.
These are the fine jewelry trends spotted at JCK and Couture that you should be stocking and promoting over the next year:
1. Gemstones to Watch
These colored gemstones were omnipresent at the JCK and Couture shows: opal, Paraiba tourmaline, pink sapphire, rubellite and tsavorite. Opal in all varieties made a statement throughout many collections. Paraiba tourmaline was a favorite of trendwatchers -- its blue-green hue fits in perfectly with fashion's color trends throughout 2013 and 2014. Victoria Gomelsky of JCK also forecasted ruby to be big in 2014: "Expect to see more supplies enter the market as the mining firm Gemfields ramps up its Mozambique ruby production."
2. Colorful Bridal Jewelry
Non-traditional bridal is definitely picking up steam (In fact, it's the focus of Jewelers of America's latest Trend Report here). Rose gold and pink gemstones add a romantic touch to bridal collections. Designers are adding colored gemstones to their engagement rings and bands. The contrast of black and white is popping up in bridal collections via black diamonds or oxidized metals.
3. It's a Jungle Out There!
Many collections featured nature, floral and animal-inspired jewelry pieces. This was one of the most common trends spotted by industry insiders. These whimsical, statement pieces work very well for editorial, so consumers will be seeing a lot of these styles in the coming year. The focus is on large bold pieces that are gemstone heavy.
4. Black is the New . . .
You couldn’t help but notice that yellow gold was back, but also that the innovation in metals that resulted from gold’s steep rise in prices is still going strong. The prevalence of blackened/oxidized metals was a great example of this.
5. Vintage is Still Au Courant
Also prominent: jewelry designs that harkened back to 1920's fashion and style, both in feminine "Gatsby" nostalgia and the geometric Art Deco shapes and lines. This is a continuation of the vintage-inspired jewelry we saw a lot of last year: tassels, pearl strands, long chains and art deco patterns in pavé and metal designs.
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