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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!

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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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Want more? See my top picks from last year's show!

A Rainbow of Jewels at Heritage Auctions December 7th Signature Sale

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Lot 54142 Heritage Auction Lot 55278 Heritage Auction

Lot 54269 Heritage Auction Lot 54743 Heritage Auction

Lot 54095 Heritage Auction Lot 54408 Heritage Auction

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Swinging from deep cherry reds, to vibrant orange, on up through mossy green and the moody blues, where one finally lands at the end of the vibrant rainbow of color, this year's December Sale from Heritage Auction takes you on a color-filled adventure with their offerings. Whether you've been searching for a specific color or certain tone or saturation of hue, the plethora of gemstones give you so many possibilities. If I wanted to search for an orange-colored jewel, I may not realize how many options there are from this December Signature Sale from Heritage--I could go with deep and vibrant coral, or light and citrus Topaz, or even a non-nacreous option of a melo melo pearl hanging from an orange-colored silk cord necklace! And to think, most would automatically assume citrine!  So, open up your eyes to the rainbow of options from the December 7th Signature Sale from Heritage Auctions.

Let's start with red and work our way down to violet!

Lot 54058: Most would think of ruby red, but these tourmalines exhibit the prettiest shades of red and dark pink, sprinkled with diamonds in a domed style.  Set in 18k yellow gold, these earrings are made to flatter and contain an impressive carat weight of pink tourmaline--over 50 carats! Be a lady in red with these! Estimate: $2,000-3,000

Lot 54360: An enticing and enchanting ruby ring, perfect in every way! Designed by Van Cleef & Arpels, featuring one cushion cut ruby weighing approximately 3.80 carats, surrounded by diamonds totaling six carats! The ring is set in platinum and 18k yellow gold, truly special. Estimate: $30,000-40,000

Lot 54142: One word in the notes section for this listing and sure sums up everything about these platinum and coral earrings--stunning! And we all can agree, if only to see these in person and try them on! The coral is precisely cut and the craftsmanship is high, marked with maker's mark Cicada. Estimate: $8,000-10,000

Lot 55278Bold carved coral creates this orange sensation for a jewelry suite--featuring a ring and pair of matching earrings.  Very modern in style, maybe even slightly futuristic, this set includes some sparkle thanks to diamonds, a total of one carat all together. Estimate: $1,000-1,500

Lot 54269As bright as the sun, this gigantic yellow sapphire which weighs 20.56 carats, mounted in a fabulous platinum and diamond setting. The split-shank style of the ring offsets the boldness of the large gem, giving it a more dainty feel. Such a stunner. Estimate: $20,000-30,000

Lot 54743The glowing orangey-yellow of Topaz makes these 18k white gold stud earrings shine. Set amongst round cut and baguette cut diamonds, the earrings have a fun style, and are great for any occasion! Very versatile! Estimate: $2,000-3,000

Lot 54095: The color green of Tsavorite garnet is unlike any other green! It gives me holiday vibes and that is perfect this time of year. These hoops are something else--pave through and through, all set in 18k white gold with a black rhodium finish. Love them! Estimate: $3,500-4,500

Lot 54408This necklace stopped me in my tracks. The beads are carved green beryl, dispersed with black onyx and diamond in 18k white gold. Such a unique, one-of-a-kind piece, destined to be treasured forever. Estimate: $4,000-6,000

Lot 54138Navettes are nice, especially when they are set with a gorgeous 3.50 carat sapphire! This ring pulls out all the stops, from its platinum setting, to superbly matched and set diamonds, it has it all. I can picture this making someone very happy Christmas morning! Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 54278Another moody blue for our rainbow of gems is this lot, featuring a central pear-shaped sapphire surrounded by others in oval. The ring is all set in 14k white gold and is such a classy look. You can't go wrong with sapphires, let's be honest! Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 54096: To represent our indigo color in this rainbow-filled blog post, a light-pastel colored sapphire with no heat treatment does the job! This beautiful ring features a 7.43 carat sapphire which comes with a certificate from GIA. The setting has a halo of diamonds and is a sizable 7, in 14k white gold. Estimate: $4,000-6,000

Lot 54640: Had to include the royal purple exemplified by amethyst and this pieces is my favorite from the sale.  A round mixed cut amethyst set in a crowned garland platinum and white gold brooch. A relic from the early 1900s past, I love how stylish it can be in today's time. Estimate: $1,800-2,400

 

 

 

This post was brought to you in collaboration with Heritage Auctions.

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Q & A with Jewelry Designer Andrea Fohrman

AndreaFohrman2(2) There are some moments where certain pieces of jewelry or a designer's work can make you feel happy--like the kind of joyous happy, where you immediately put a smile on your face. That's what happens to me every time I see jewelry from Andrea Fohrman. Her weather-inspired jewels bring me back to an innocent time, around 5th/6th grade, when all I ever watched was The Weather Channel and all I ever dreamed of was cumulus clouds and precipitation. I would turn on The Weather Channel on our big screen tv circa 1995, and press the mute button on the remote. I would then get in my weather reporter stance and dictate the forecast, motioning my arms eastward as if I was personifying the frontal system. This former self of mine can easily see how weather can be inspiring in so many ways and Andrea Fohrman brings every meteorologist's fantasy!

I caught up with the busy designer to ask her a few questions:

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I have this reoccurring theme of Weather & Sky that happens when I design.  My husband always catches me watching the weather channel and asks me why I didn’t become a meteorologist... I am currently working on a new weather design and the expansion of my rainbow collection.

I am also very excited about a secret collaboration with a very cool artist – I am sure it is not a shocker that this is also weather related!

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It started with my Grandmother’s cocktail ring collection –Her collection of 1920’s – 1950’s Vintage Rings inspired me to capture that antique feel and somehow update it into a modern look.  Her daughter was born in October, the same month both my kids were born, which is why my first collection was mainly cocktail rings in all different kinds of opals.  I used to have to talk customers into buying opals and promise them it was not bad luck (if you know that superstition)– but now the Opal craze has taken over…

Formally, I have a BFA and went to school in Italy, working with local artisans in Florence and taking photography, sculpting, art history and drawing. Being there, in the most inspiring setting in the world captured my love of the arts and formed my taste and style forever.  Although I graduated and worked in the entertainment industry for some time, I always craved a more artistic outlet and began stringing jewelry and collecting vintage pieces that I reworked and used as pendants.  This turned into a line of fine jewelry the year my daughter was born.

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Luckily, I have had quite a few proud moments in my jewelry career.  This process has been incredibly exciting and humbling, at the same time.  I have had moments that I am proud of from different aspects of the business.  One moment was about a year ago when Sarah Jessica Parker, herself, called me to borrow some earrings for an event.  I consider her to be a style icon--the risk taking and energy she brings with her style is incredible and something I admire.  After returning the borrowed pieces, I sent her a pair of earrings as a gift and she called to thank me just as I was picking up my son from school.  I still have her voicemail on my phone; she is one of the nicest most down the earth people and the way in which she complimented me on my line was something I will never forget! celestial 4454991248_9aaeeb37e7

Of course, I aspire to run a successful business, but I want it to be one that is constantly growing and changing—not stagnating. It is very important for me to remain authentic and true to myself. I want my children to watch their mother create, but at the same time be a businesswoman and respected for her craft.

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The most special/favorite piece that I own is my engagement ring that I reworked five years ago, on our 10th anniversary.  The ring was beautiful, and very simple when my husband gave it to me, but I wanted to put my twist on it… See for yourself!

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