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The Top Jewelry Trends Seen at Couture 2017

Yael Sonia | Gem Gossip

After acclimating to normal life, and when I say normal I mean not having to take 700+ photos per day while meeting one jewelry designer after the other all while trying to look like I haven't just slept for 4 hours and only eaten a diet that could sustain a person for a brief moment, I am happily enjoying my quiet reflection time from the Couture show. Happy to be tucked away in laid back Nashville, far from the dry air, noisy crowds and thick cigarette smoke of Vegas. But don't get me wrong, there is a large part of me that absolutely loves everything about Vegas Jewelry Week--including all that is complained about. 

One of my most favorite things to do when Couture is over is go through all my photos, take in all that I just saw and narrow down all the goodness into a small list of top jewelry trends. It is no simple task and I like to keep my trend categories somewhat pinpointed, so they are not so broad. Tracking trends and observing how these trends evolve is some science mixed with a heavy dose of anthropology, and no I don't mean the lifestyle/clothing store. 

So here are the five jewelry trend categories I've come up with that were the most dominate in the best way possible from Couture 2017. They are in no particular order and are illustrated using just ONE example of designers I had appointments with--there are several other pieces and designers that also captured these top jewelry trends too!

Jane Taylor Jewelry

1. Rainbow Waves:  

I was seeing SO MUCH rainbow around Couture; color everywhere! I was totally loving it. This trend was best exhibited by Jane Taylor Jewelry whose designs get more and more colorful every year. Every ROYGBIV fan out there can spot the gemstone that represents each spectral color. Designers are embracing color and incorporating all colors into their designs. Buyer and jewelry lovers are searching for pieces that are vibrant, colorful and play off one another while still displaying a rainbow of hues.

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2. Shoulder-Duster Statement Earrings:

We've seen earrings trend all across the board in the past few years--from simple studs, to ear jackets, to ear climbers/crawlers...even ear cuffs.  This year was all about the bold, shoulder-dusting statement earrings. Long in length, sleek in style, and statement-making in their own right. Above, I clearly saw some great examples of this trend at Lydia Courteille. These pieces were quite breath-taking and feature her signature black rhodium and rainbow of gems (which ties in with the first trend). I love Lydia's gem choices and color combinations. We recommend this trend with pulled back hair and no necklaces.

Yael Sonia | Gem Gossip

3. Modern Geometric:

Perhaps one of my favorite trends, the modern, sculptural pieces that have a hint of geometry to them. This trend is easily showcased best by Brazilian designer Yael Sonia. Her designs exude a futuristic feel, very 3017. She uses Brazilian gemstones and each item is handcrafted in Brazil. I love the 3D cubes, spheres and the use of movement that is also incorporated into her pieces. 

Zoe Chicco | Gem Gossip

4. Gold Wire Necklaces:

Chains took a backseat this time around at Couture--it was all about the solid gold wire. Whether it was plain or decorated in gemstones, the wire collar can exquisitely flatter any neckline, all while making a statement. I think the gold wire has gained popularity lately because it almost resembles a choker, has the same capabilities as a regular chain, yet it is heavy, rigid and substantial. Above, one of my favorite gold wire collar necklaces found at Couture 2017--this one is by Zoe Chicco and features bezel set diamonds of various cuts set throughout the piece. It is elegant and edgy at the same time!  So good!!

Sydney Evan | Gem Gossip

5. Charms:

I was not expecting charms to be such a highlight and hit at Couture 2017, but they totally were and as a charm collector, I was loving all the interpretations I was seeing! Each designer had their own take on charms--their own motifs and ideas came to life in colorful and gem-set renditions. The most well-known being the Gemfields x MUSE collaboration charm necklace, as people are STILL talking about it! I loved Sydney Evan's charms (shown above) as they were quirky, fun and very colorful. Her signature motifs, like the evil eye, the word "Love," wishbone, lips, etc. were brought to life as charms. The trend is great for many reasons--low price points, easy to collect, and the wearer can choose to wear them any way they want!

 


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Jewels at my Doorstep: MATEO New York

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Photography by Lauren Newman

Powerfully creative, remarkably chic--Mateo New York is a line of jewelry created by Matthew "Mateo" Harris, Jamaican born creative who feasts on inspiration and jewelry, 24/7. His creations speak for themselves, often described as minimalistic designs, yet are bursting with feeling, power and innovation. I would never call it "trendy" jewelry--these pieces are staples for the fashionistas, obsessions of the creative geniuses, and everyday classics for the it-girl. I dare you to put on one of his chokers and not feel cool. The tying of the velvet bow that every choker isn't complete without doing so will give you endless possibilities of wearing it--either in the back, off to the side, or be daring and wear the bow toward the front!  

I was so excited to get to spend a few days with Mateo's pieces--I tried them on, wore them out and of course, styled the above looks and put them into a photoshoot. I was inspired by his latest venture--opening up a flagship store in Nolita, NYC, where I felt his style, mixed with big city vibes, created a sleek look. The store is exactly his aesthetic and is a vital part of his brand. Getting customers to walk into the inviting space, see and try-on his pieces, is just the first step in a life-long client for Mateo--and it is something that online shopping lacks. But don't let that stop you from visiting his website and browsing/shopping online! Just know that his pieces are that much more amazing in person! ;)

Picking out the items was tough for me because I pretty much love every single piece that Mateo makes!  If you love geometric jewelry, you'll die over all the endless shapes and Calder-inspired mobile designs. The 14k yellow gold Mobile Shapes earrings were fun, playful and affordable luxury items that set the tone of my shoot. They instantly turned my ear lobes into a work of art. The chokers are a definite favorite and if you're in the market to buy one, I suggest you get one of Mateo's! I've tried on way too many cheap-feeling ones from other designers and his is the real deal! The Semi-Circle Disc earrings created the second look and I felt that wet, slicked hair was necessary for it. Whether it is circles, squares or triangles--Mateo takes ordinary shapes and makes them extraordinary. Hope to own a piece for myself in the future!

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New Designs from RUIFIER: Spectrum Collection

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My obsession with RUIFIER began last year, while browsing for unique ring designs. Ever since, I've been diligently following this company and being inspired daily.  I was so excited to get a sneak peek at some of their new designs, slated to launch for Fall/Winter 2015--I was instantly taken by their Spectrum Collection. Geometric pieces always seem to catch my attention and this collection is inspired by shapes, colors and modern lines. The pieces include some innovative ring designs, cool ear cuffs and a couple pendants, all with square cut gemstones in vibrant colors.  I can't seem to pick a favorite--all of them, please!!

Pictured above:

Adagio Ring >> 18k black and yellow gold set with blue topaz

Allegro Ring >> 18k black and yellow gold set with blue topaz

Quarto Ring << 18k rose gold set with rose chalcedony, ruby and pink sapphire

Quarto Ring << 18k rose gold set with rose chalcedony, ruby and pink sapphire

Crescendo Ring >> 18k yellow gold set with yellow and white sapphire

Duet Ring >> 18k yellow gold set with tsavorite garnet and white sapphire

Verde Ear Cuffs << 18k yellow gold set with dioptase and white sapphire

Doppio Ring << 18k yellow gold set with moonstone, white sapphire, chalcedony, and diamond

Double Amethyst Ring >> 18k rose gold set with amethyst

Linear Grande Ring >> 18k yellow gold set with yellow and black sapphire

Allegro Ring << 18k black and yellow gold set with blue topaz

Adagio Ring << 18k black and yellow gold set with blue topaz

Verde Ear Cuffs >> 18k yellow gold set with dioptase and white sapphire

Amethyst Ring >> 18k rose gold set with amethyst

 

 

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