Welcome to the LUXURY Link!
I hope this newsletter finds you rejuvenated after the Spring jewelry shows and enjoying the start of a long, pleasurable summer. I want to thank you all for another amazing turnout at this year’s LUXURY show; we added several important exhibiting brands to our community and are happy to report an overall store-front attendance increase of 9%. The salons certainly felt alive with energy and I hope the enthusiasm followed you back to your stores, studios, and showrooms.
We received many comments throughout the week on the strength of our show, the luxury sector in general, and the products being presented. This dedication to our industry and its craft is what sets the LUXURY community apart and ensures what we saw in Las Vegas, an impressive display of merchandise and a healthy, robust atmosphere for business.
Speaking of product, there were so many highlights from the show it’s hard to capture it all in one newsletter, but we’ll try. We saw much by way of color (particularly vibrant blues and greens), animal motifs (including sea-life and 2013’s proclivity for the snake), linear patterns and geometric shapes, and designs featuring reproductions of ancient coins. Walking the halls, there was no shortage of interesting, new, and down right jaw-dropping pieces from brands such as Dove’s, Simon G. and Wideband, which you will see recapped in a new spin on our brand spotlight piece. In addition, with our recurring features, we’ve polled members from our retailer community and the editorial community on their experiences with LUXURY and hope that you will find the entire issue a welcome recap of the week’s trends and marvels.
Enjoy and best wishes for a fantastic summer!
John Tierney, Industry Vice President
Show Trend Spotter | Collection of Standouts | Retailer Roundtable | Editor's Corner
Show Trend Spotter
From Pantone’s ‘Color of the Year’ and 2013’s ‘Year of the Snake’ to the strong influences of nature’s colors, wildlife, and patterns, the jewelry at LUXURY this year was as inspired and original as ever.
Green & Blue | Black & White | Geometric | Animals
Green & Blue
- Neli Gems Corp – 15+ carat Colombian emerald ring, set in a handmade, pave diamond and platinum setting
- Claude Thibaudeau – ‘La Royale’ collection ring set with tsavorite on shoulders
- Temple St. Clair – 18k classic pave halo drop earrings with aquamarine and diamond pave
- Bayco – 46 carat emerald cut, unheated Ceylon sapphire and diamond ring set in platinum
- Coast Diamond – 9.74ct square-shaped green tourmaline, diamond halo and split shank ring
- Mark Schneider - 18k white gold unity ring featuring a 9mm princess cut blue topaz and 0.485ctw diamonds
- Tacori - Barbados Blue double strand bracelet featuring layered clear quartz over neolite turquoise
- Rudolf Friedmann – Turquoise, brown and white diamond earrings
- Kirk Kara – Emerald cut sapphire and diamond engagement ring
- iZi Creations – Cabochon emerald and white diamond pendant set in 18 white gold
- Cordova – Blue sapphire earrings set in 18k white gold from the Enchanted Garden collection
- Denny Wong – Palladium and 18k yellow gold pendant featuring tanzanite and blue zircon
- Vianna Brasil – Colunna rings featuring navy blue quartz and mint-emerald quartz
- Lorenzo – Paraiba tourmaline and diamond necklace set in platinum
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Black and White
- Soho - Silver and enamel bangles
- Roberto Demeglio - Ceramic bracelet with black and white diamonds set in 18K white gold on a stainless steel stretch coil
- Rudolf Friedmann – Crystal and black diamond earrings
- Breuning - Sterling silver & black corian ring
- Lladrò – Macaw Bird from the Dazzle collection
- Royal Pearl – Black and white pearl drop earrings with diamond accents
- Rina Limor – Moonstone and black onyx tassel earrings set in mixed metal
- Mastoloni – Ice Collection necklace featuring cultured pearls and black diamonds
- Henderson Collection by Lecil – Black enamel and diamond pendant
- KC Designs – Diamond feather ring set in 14k gold with black rhodium
- Sonette – From Isabelle Langlois' "Satin d'Acier" collection, bangle in black steel micromesh braid, 18k white gold and diamonds
- Baggins – Black and white diamond pendant swirling around a 12-13mm aubergine color Tahitian Pearl
- Sethi Couture – 18k black diamond drop earrings with bezel set rose cuts
- Cordova - Black diamond ring set in 18k white gold from the City Lights collection
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- Roberto Demeglio - Black and white ceramic harlequin bracelet on a stainless steel stretch coil
- Bapalal Keshavlal - Trapezium shaped rubies with pear shaped and round brilliant cut diamond earrings studded in 18K white gold
- Danhov - Classico Flat Diamond X men's 8mm band shown in platinum
- Sebastien Barier - Engagement ring featuring a blend of Edwardian curves and Art Deco straight lines
- Hulchi Belluni – Wave collection pendant
- Sonette - Art Deco inspired earrings made of black onyx, diamonds on 18k white gold
- India Hicks - Geometric hexagonal sterling silver and diamond cuff from the Hicks on the Hicks collection
- Basel Preziose - Spike necklace in 18k yellow gold with rubies
- Sethi Couture – Mayson collection silver black rhodium garnet shield ring with white diamonds
- Al Zain – Diamond bead tassel pendant hanging from an intricate bronze plate with rose cut diamonds
- Yael – Bay Bridge Amethyst ring, 14kt rose gold ring featuring a custom cut 31.70 Amethyst, accented with 1.47 carats of brilliant cut diamonds
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- Temple St. Clair – 18k Tree of Life charm set with lion charm, turtle charm, dragonfly, with diamond pave
- Jan Leslie – Sterling silver cufflinks with rhodium plating
- Rina Limor - Petite dragonfly brooch in 18k white and pink enamel and accentuated with diamonds
- A. Link - Diamond snake earrings
- NEI - Snake ring
- KC Designs – Diamond Owl necklace set in 14k yellow gold
- Basel Preziose – Octopus ring in 18k pink gold with rubies and black diamonds
- Dove’s – From the Persona collection, 18k white gold pendant featuring cabochon amethyst over a sheet of white gold, engraved with a dog paw.
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Collection of Standouts
A few exhibitors share the glowing feedback they received on their most exciting new products.
Doves | Simon G. | Wideband
“Nearly every visitor to the booth who saw our White Orchid line said the same thing – its neutral quality makes it a must-have for bridal, and a look that works year-round. These 18k yellow gold earrings feature white mother of pearl. (1)
Our customers, new and existing, loved the fresh look of our Domino collection for its versatility year-round and the always fashionable combo of dark and light tones. This 18k rose gold necklace with white diamonds features hematite and white mother of pearl. (2)
The Ivory Sky collection drew the most ooh’s and ah’s at this year’s show. The center stone gives off rainbow hues and a sky blue color not found anywhere else. The ring pictured is 18K white gold with a lapis-based triplet, surrounded by white diamonds and blue sapphires. (3)
Finally, the Viola collection, featuring violet hues with a feminine, soft touch, was a hit for fashion jewelry. The earrings pictures are 18K rose gold with amethyst over pink mother of pearl, accented by white diamonds and white topaz. (4)” - Doron Hakimian, President and Chief Designer
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“For fashion, this gorgeous pendant was definitely a conversation starter at our booth. It is created in 18K white gold and is comprised of 0.69ctw round white diamonds. (1)
For bridal, our retailers were especially eager to see this stunning wedding set in person, since it won the 2013 JCK Jewelers' Choice Awards in the category of Platinum Jewelry Under $10,000.00. This specific version is created in 18K white gold and is comprised of 0.21ctw round white diamonds and 0.53ctw baguette cut diamonds. (2)” - Zaven Ghanimian, G.G. A.J.P.
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“The feedback on the collections was positive and enthusiastic. Customers said they loved the finesse and uniqueness. It’s creative, different, and imaginative. They liked that it was solid and heavy and they loved touching the coins. The feel is historic.
"These are a few select pieces from the collection, featuring ancient, one-of-a-kind coins hand-set in individually carved frames.(1)"
"This pendant, from the new "Diamondbacks" collection, is a JCK Jewelers Choice award winner.(2)" - Richard Korwin, President and Designer, Wideband”
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Here’s what a few of our retail friends had to say about their LUXURY 2013 experience.
Kelly Newton, Newton’s Jewelers Inc., Fort Smith, AZ – “We always enjoy LUXURY. It requires a lot of preparation but it's worth it in the end. We love seeing our retail peers as well as our supplier friends. We have a long history with many of the suppliers and it's always great visiting with them. It's not always all about buying and selling and that makes it work for all of us. We’ve met new suppliers and that opens new doors for us. We viewed a couple of lines for the first time and they lived up to their reputations! We always end up seeing more people than we have on our list.”
Kim La Du, Henry C Reid & Son Jewelers, Fairfield, CT – “The show is always like a reunion. I love what I do and our industry is filled with wonderful people. Each show is a learning experience. It is great to explore new product designs and trends. I was able to meet with existing vendors as well as a few new possibilities. I have a more clear direction now on holiday purchasing. The ability to visit with so many companies in a short period of time allows me to decide who is doing the best work at the best value for our clients. This year I was able to source classic product at a high quality and lower cost, which was exactly my goal.”
Scott Heller, Heller Jewelers, San Ramon, CA – “ We had a great show. We opened a new account that made sense for us, but generally I don’t group LUXURY into a
one-year experience – it’s more of a collective experience over many years. One of the things I like best is connecting and networking with other jewelers, sharing ideas amongst peers in the spirit of give-and take. As for the product, some lines are on the road, but even when they come into the store, I may not see them or they are limited in terms of what they can carry, so LUXURY is a great opportunity to see all of the merchandise year after year.”
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Town & Country is a beacon of style and taste. Its fine jewelry pages never fail to inspire both in-store case selections and direction for future collections, so it is only fitting that for this post-Vegas edition we spotlight the masterful curator of such spreads, Stellene Volandes.
LL: What was your overall impression of the LUXURY show this year? Were you impressed with the products presented?
SV: The fact that LUXURY is able to carve out its own space in the midst of all the excitement of JCK is always impressive and is a testament to the power of good design!
LL: Did you see any recurring themes or trends in the jewelry?
SV: There is no denying that gold is back (though for some of us it never went away!). I was particularly happy to see yellow gold used with diamonds. I kept thinking of Sharon Stone in Casino on the bed with the trays of gold in front of her- it’s glamour that's not afraid to be a bit over the top.
LL: Was there a standout piece/s you can’t stop thinking about?
SV: The tassels at CASSIS® and the new rock crystal amulets at Temple St. Clair were favorites. Long pendants were another trend (Downton Abbey influence) and these made the idea modern rather than nostalgic
LL: As an editor, what is the benefit of attending a show like LUXURY?
SV: I do the shows to see jewelry all day, my kind of schedule, but also to speak to designers in person and see what pieces they present first and are most excited about. It’s also important to hear what retailers are drawn to. They know consumers (our readers) well.
Stellene Volandes is the Style Director at Town & Country. Prior to T&C, Stellene worked at Departures. She was the recipient of the 2013 Gem Award for journalistic excellence. She lives in New York City.
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