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Happy Spring! We hope you’re enjoying the (slightly) warmer temperatures. April can be a tricky month weather-wise but for those of us in the jewelry industry it’s the beginning of exciting things to come. First, it means Mother’s Day is right around the corner and second, it means JCK Jewelry Week is edging ever closer. The two occasions celebrate the best in both classic jewelry and new designs that push the envelope. In this issue we are spotlighting the time-honored and sentimental creations that warm mom’s heart and offering a sneak peak at some fantastic new products you can expect to see later this Spring in the desert. You’ll see lots of pearls, including a feature on revered pearl purveyor Mastoloni as well as some new twists on bridal from Claude Thibaudeau and Sethi Couture, excellent use of Pantone’s Color of the Year from Yael and Lorenzo, new fashion styles from DA Gold and Alisa and plenty more.
We hope this lifts your winter-logged spirits and gets you as excited for Vegas as we are!
John Tierney, Industry Vice President
Gifts for Mom | Sponsored Story | Pre-Show Product Peak
Mastoloni | Van Gogh at the Show! | Retailer Roundtable | Editor's Corner
Gifts for Mom
Mother’s Day is right around the corner and LUXURY exhibitors are ready! With everything from sweet charms and pearl drop pendants, to whimsical bows, bangles and earrings, these gifts will celebrate mom or grandmother splendidly on their special day.
- Baggins - Adjustable lariat necklace with a 13-14mm semi-baroque South Sea Pearl
- Joshua J. – Drops of spring sunshine in the form of Fancy yellow diamond drop earrings
- Rina Limor – Sophisticated and sweet diamond and pearl Bow brooch
- Sethi Couture – Old Mine cut diamond cluster drop earrings, reminiscent of a spring bouquet
- Mastoloni – Blossom collection ring
- DA Gold – Trio of bangles
- Temple St. Clair - Angel kisses, by way of charms, for Mom on her special day
- Dove’s - Warm rose gold initial pendant to warm Mom’s heart
- Kim International - Sweet pearl ring featuring a 12mm freshwater cultured pearl set with diamonds
- Supreme - A tricolored, multi heart pendant from all of Mom’s kids
- Rudolf Friedmann - Pearl and diamond pendant, a classic with a lot of sparkle
- Danhov - Abbraccio ‘Pop of Color’ collection pearl ring
- Honora – The ‘Pop Star’ Pearl Set for the biggest star of all
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Sponsored Story: TRENDVISION Jewellery + Forecasting at LUXURY 2013
We are thrilled that TRENDVISION is a sponsor of JCK Las Vegas this year and will be setting up a TRENDVISION Area within the LUXURY show. TRENDVISION is a trend forecasting company, established in 2010 as the only independent Observatory and trend forecaster specializing in the jewelry, watch and fashion accessory categories. TRENDVISION works tirelessly, exploring the conceptual world that surrounds our creativity and deciphering consumer behavior, with a specific focus on style, product and market trends in our industry. By interacting with producers, designers, journalists, buyers, wholesalers, retailers, institutions and associations, they are able to interpret the macro trends that will influence the evolution and choices of tomorrow’s consumers.
The TRENDVISION Area at LUXURY will offer clear indicators on the design moods for the coming seasons, providing an invaluable resource for designers as they plan their future collections and source materials and buyers who are trying to select the perfect mix of merchandise for their stores. Be sure to check out the TRENDVISION Area on the LUXURY Show floor and learn more about this innovative company by visiting: www.trendvisionforecasting.com.
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View the TRENDVISION Jewellery + Forecasting video »
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Pre-Show Product Peak
Post-Valentine’s Day and Red Carpet season is all about gearing up for Las Vegas in the jewelry world- and that means new product! We had a lot of fun working on this collective piece. The submissions that came in immediately amped up our excitement for the shows... Some brands, understandably, did not have finished product and submitted sketches (which are beyond cool) or materials instead. We gather from the below sampling that we’ll be seeing a lot of colored gemstones, tricolor gold bangles, silver cuffs, unique pendants, new variations on bridal and tassels later this Spring.
- S&R Designs – Padlock Decanter featuring diamonds and white topaz set in blackened and yellow gold
- A. Link - Diamond and 18k white Starburst Pendant
- Claude Thibaudeau’s The Interchangeables from his La Royale collection is an interchangeable band concept which can be inserted from underneath the ring allowing for multiple combinations of anniversary bands
- Alisa - Multi-row bangle bracelet in sterling silver featuring 72ct tw diamonds set in a “C” pattern
- Bayco - Tassell earrings consisting of 164 carats of natural unheated sapphire beads and sapphire cabochons and diamonds
- Nabil Mouzzanar – 18k "Happy go Lucky" bracelets featuring citrine, amethyst, blue topaz, smokey quartz or green amethyst
- PonteVecchio Gioielli – Luci collection of stackable 18k gold, semi-precious and diamond rings
- Coast - 7.54CT pink sapphire to be featured in a new ring
- Lorenzo – 18k gold green tourmaline and diamond necklace
- Gem Platinum - Fine Black Australian Opal, set in a handmade platinum and diamond ring, part of an extensive one of a kind opal jewelry collection
- DA Gold – Tri-colored gold and diamond bangles
- Danhov – “Pop of Color Birthstone Collection” features rings for every month of year (November’s Citrine shown)
- Visconti – Salvador Dali Surrealist collection pen
- Muzo - 13.98 ct emerald cut in their Bogotá workshops, from a 51.95 ct rough, mined in Muzo, Colombia on February the 29th 2012
- Baggins - Rubberized Memory Wire Bracelets (Double & Triple Wrap)
- Yael - One of the many new creations in the works from the Emerald & Emerald Slices collection
- Denny Wong - Pendant & earrings to feature tanzanites and blue zircon set in 18k yellow gold and palladium
- Sethi Couture – New bridal styles, one will feature a 2 carat cushion cut
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Mastoloni: A Mom Favorite for Years
Pearls, they are the classic standard for ladylike jewelry gifts, especially this time of year. As of late, pearls have appeared in swarms on runways and in fashion spreads, most recently an April 2013 Vogue article titled ‘Not Your Mother’s Pearls’. The story spotlights various new pearl creations that have been brought to market (think fresher, more fashion-forward designs than the storied single stand) and new ways in which they can be worn. The story delighted us and it seemed only fitting to feature one of the most innovative pearl brands in the industry, LUXURY’s own, Mastoloni.
For over 80 years, Mastoloni has been a force in the pearl industry. The company’s leadership, spanning 3 generations, has stewarded the family business to become the leading purveyor of fine cultured pearls and pearl jewelry in North America. Mastoloni is known throughout the world for their exquisite Akoya and Freshwater pearls, as well as their exotic South Sea and Tahitian pearl jewelry creations, but they are also gaining recognition on the design stage. As Vogue tells us, pearls these days are not of your mother’s kind – and Mastoloni has risen to that directive. Their latest collections infuse modernity and originality into each beautifully and technically advanced creation; the Sorrento collection features Tahitian pearls in whimsical twist while the Ribbon collection wraps diamonds, snakelike, around each lustrous bauble. Responding to the call for fashion-forward pearls, the stylish Cocktail Chain offers a pearl variation on the ever-chic draping chain style necklace.
As advanced and fashionably savvy as Mastoloni has become though, they are, at the root, a pearl company who will always champion the classics. This is why they are such a force; they have perfected and continue to offer core pearl items, which will always be timeless, and evolved to offer fresh new designs at the same time. With this kind of operating philosophy, one thing is for certain - come Vegas-time each year, you can expect a lot of new from Mastoloni. We can’t wait.
- Cocktail Chain Necklace
- Black Ice Pendant
- Sorrento Collection Whimsical Cuff
- Ribbon Collection Earrings and Pendant
- Blossom Collection Earrings
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Van Gogh at the Show!
Visconti is LUXURY's official pen sponsor. The exquisite writing instruments, from the brand's Van Gogh collection, are made from natural resin uniquely mixed to represent palettes of oil paint as used by Van Gogh. Visconti's eighteen-faceted design, which enhances the vivid colors in the resin, and the silver ring around the cap is delicately engraved with the name of the painting and the artist. A unique gift box featuring a faithfully reproduced canvas of the painting accompanies each item. We are extremely grateful to Visconti for their contribution and can't wait to see their newest creations at the show!
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In anticipation of this year’s LUXURY show and with so much enticing product floating around on Facebook and other channels lately, we wanted to find out what retailers are hankering for. Here are some great responses from our retail friends in the South East, Mid- West and Southwestern corridors.
Justin Klomp, Trice Jewelers – “We are looking at carrying very unique, one of a kind designs with larger precious and semi-precious color center stones; rare and exotic gems that create a beautiful ring or necklace and something with a fascinating story. Also, personalized jewelry items with custom engraving, something that the customer can create and personalize for a gift or for themselves.”
Steve Quick, Steve Quick Jeweler Stores – “First of all, we are really looking forward to the JCK show this year. We are bringing our entire staff (22 people). This year we are looking for an additional engagement ring/wedding ring designer. We carry Simon G and Todd Reed and many others. We would like to explore the possibility of an additional high profile designer with very strong marketing and advertising.
We are also looking for a higher end silver designer. We carry Sarah Blaine and Frederic Duclos. The silver designer search is something we can enlist our staff to help search for.”
Trish Roberson, Roberson’s Fine Jewelry – “We are always looking for new, up and coming designers to add something unique and exciting to our store. After all of the recent Red Carpet events (Oscar and other award shows), we are really interested in finding someone great to partner with who offers a fun look using brightly colored stones. We sell staples but want to appeal to a younger, more fashion-forward customer as well.”
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Something about Veranda magazine make us think of Spring. Maybe it’s the plethora of lush landscaping and gardening stories or the otherwise breezy luxuriousness of the book. But we have a better reason why we chose their Style Editor for this month’s Editor’s Corner. Catherine Davis is one of the loveliest editors and moms we know. She has beautiful style and, of course, a great eye for jewelry, which the magazine also celebrates. Here she discusses everything from coveted Mom’s day jewelry to the excitement of seeing new product at the shows.
LL: What do you think will make for the best Mother's Day jewelry gifts this year?
CD: Because of the sentimental nature of Mother's Day, I love classic pieces that have an heirloom quality to them. A personalized necklace from Heather Moore, charm bracelet from Monica Rich Kosann or locket from Temple St. Clair all make great gifts.
LL: What is your favorite Mother's Day gift you've ever received, jewelry or otherwise?
CD: My favorite Mother's Day present is a necklace my son made for me last year with a simple piece of string and colorful beads in different shapes and letters that spell out his name. I absolutely love it....just looking at it makes me smile. It is the first piece of "jewelry" he's ever given me and I will cherish it forever.
LL: Anything on your Mom's Day wish list this year?
CD: I tell my husband that I've been dreaming about a bed at the Four Seasons. He thinks I'm joking but I am completely serious! With a 3-month old now, all I want is a full night of sleep!
LL: What are you looking forward to seeing at the JCK Jewelry Week this year?
CD: When I go to the shows, I am like a kid in the candy store. It's the excitement of discovering something new, whether it's an interesting new collection, a new trend, or designer. I also love finding that one showstopper...the piece that wows me and sticks in my mind even after going home.
LL: What do you feel is the most innovative trend we are seeing in jewelry in 2013 thus far?
CD: We are only a few months into 2013 but I think we will continue to see lots of colored stones and hopefully the return of bold gold! But in terms of the most innovative trend? I haven't seen anything yet but JCK is still to come!
Catherine Lee Davis is a design journalist with over 10 years of experience in publishing. For the past six years, she has been the style editor for Veranda, reporting/writing about home furnishings, interior design and entertaining. She also produces the magazine’s jewelry and watch pages, creating lush still lifes that capture the exquisite beauty of these luxury goods. With a discerning eye and keen sense of style, she continues to broaden Veranda’s jewelry coverage by bringing new designers and compelling story ideas into sections like Objects of Desire and more recently, the Pursuit of Beauty. A familiar face in the jewelry and watch world, she maintains a strong and affable presence at trade shows and industry events.
Catherine’s resume includes a stint in Geneva, Switzerland, where she learned French and became a contributing editor for two Anglo-French lifestyle magazines, Hors Ligne and Swiss Style. While in Geneva, a major hub for the jewelry and watch industry, she began to cover those categories editorially and realized her passion for the category.
She graduated from the University of Virginia and holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, and two kids Henry and Scarlett.
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