The Jewelry Insider

July 9, 2008

Take around 90% of the entire jewelry industry – stick them in Las Vegas for five days, show more jewelry than even Joan Rivers could imagine and see what happens.

JCK Las Vegas

Well, that’s exactly what occurs every year during the first week of June.

Jewelers, jewelry designers, manufacturers et al head en masse to the bright
lights of Sin City for a five day jewel fest. At the end of the mega
jewel-spectacular, also known as JCK Las Vegas, the results are official, the
trends and gems that will be hitting the stores in the coming months have
claimed their positions.

Only VIP Insiders get the heads-up on what to expect in a jeweler’s near you
this fall:

RINGS

Big, big, big stones. Top choices are delicious smoky quartz, some funky
translucent crystal and gorgeous green gems. Cut wise – it’s a cabochon case
underscoring that rocks have to be faceted to be fearsome.

Green Quartz Ring

Green Quartz Ring by Jewelry.com for JCPenney

Smoky Topaz Ring

Smoky Topaz Ring by Jewelry.com for Sears

DIAMONDS

Small diamonds clustered together on the ears, in rings or hanging in pendants
are going to give the rich look at the right price. But…… if you’re going to
go with diamonds, don’t forget the color. Black and brown diamonds are absolute
must-haves this coming winter. If you’re a true jewelry aficionado you’re going
to have at least a couple of colored diamond pieces at the ready.

Black Diamond Ring

Black Diamond Ring by Jewelry.com for JCPenney

GOLD

The price of gold means two things too… Silver and Gold or Colored Gold. That
old favorite, yellow gold is having a tough time – as the price of gold
continues to hurt, jewelers are coming up with innovative ways to keep gold
fresh. Mixing silver and gold together is keeping prices affordable without
loosing the luxe-look. But, if you’re a gold charmer, then freshening up gold
looks is some romantic rose-gold. Adding a pink touch to the metal is THE way to
make old become new and boring become beautiful.

DESIGNS

Design-wise it’s a furry world out there. Animal themes were hot, hot, hot…
From penguins to poodles, ladybirds to lions, animalistic outlines were
dominating demands.

Frog Prince Pendant

Frog Prince Pendant by Jewelry.com for Zales

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