From diminutive to bold, silver continues to charm women, while men
just gotta have cuff links. Sterling shines around the house too
Trend watchers expect another strong year for silver, though recent fluctuations
in the metal's price could change that outlook quickly. Still, the price
of silver is far lower than that of gold or platinum, so prospects are bright
for this most affordable of precious metals. Cash in on the interest in
silver by offering a variety of silver jewelry styles, from the delicate
looks popular now to the bigger, bolder pieces predicted to return to favor
in the fall.
by Lorraine M. Suermann
and Peggy Jo Donahue
Mirror-finish cuff bracelet.
Roberto Martinez Inc., Los Angeles, CA; (213) 489-7444, fax (213) 627-6831.
Silver hoop earrings with gold accents.
Lagos, Philadelphia, PA; (215) 925-1693.
Large Delta necklace with citrine pendant has 18k yellow gold appliqués.
John Atencio Designer/Fine Jewelry, Denver, CO; (303) 830-7733, fax (303)
Pretty and feminine describe the silver trends this spring, says the
Silver Information Center, New York City. Many smaller and lighter looks
will endure, especially if silver prices stay high. Nevertheless, statement-making
pieces in neckwear, bangles, belts and rings persist in the high-fashion
Small hoop earrings are ideal for retailers trying to stock lighter
merchandise. With or without drop pendants, they are less expensive and
have loads of style.
Neckware ranges from collars to drop pendants to open lightweight
chains holding multiple charms and rings.
The cuff bangle in varying thicknesses continues to appeal. Designers
accessorize them with gold and silver for a fresh look.
Silver rings continue to entrance younger women as they mix and
match styles to suit their moods. This is a great entry-level purchase for
women shopping in jewelry stores for the first time. Stock a variety and
Men in Silver
Sunwest Silver, Albuquerque, NM; (800) 771-3781 or (505) 243-3781, fax
Silver mesh cuff bracelets come in three widths and have diamond, colored
gemstone and 14k/18k gold accents. Keystone, $1,400 to $2,400. From the
Goldarama Co., New York City; (212) 730-7299, fax (212) 730-0288.
Filigree hoop earrings.
Beaucraft, Providence, RI; (800) 227-2305 or (401) 461-2305, fax (401)
Silver and ametrine pendants.
Cynthia Renée, Fallbrook, CA; (760) 728-5150.
Satin-finish sterling and 14k cable bracelets with diamond and
colored gemstone accents are from the Satinato collection. Suggested retail,
$775-$2,400. Coordinating earrings and rings are available.
Alisa Designs, Manalapan, NJ; (888) 253-6600.
Bands are engraved with designs and poetic messages by designers.
First and third rings by Tina Segal, Dobbs Ferry, NY, (914) 693-7700;
second ring by Carolee, Greenwich, CT, (203) 629-1139; fourth and sixth
rings by Meryl Waitz Inc., New York,NY; (212) 675-7224; and fifth ring by
Jane Bohan, New York, NY; (212) 226-7629.
Sterling silver for men is gathering momentum. Most important are cuff
links, especially as gifts for ushers at weddings. And don't forget the
growing number of men who express their sense of fashion and their individuality
on their sleeves. "Cuff links are the fastest-growing collectible in
the country," says Eugene R. Klompus, president of the National Cuff
Link Society, Vernon Hills, IL.
Sterling silver cuff links feature 14k yellow gold accents.
Leonore Doskow Inc., Montrose, NY; (800) 431-2302 or (914) 737-1335,
fax (914) 737-5049.
Home Again Silver
Sterling silver stud and cuff link set features champagne bottle motif
with gold accents. Miniature ice bucket with champagne bottle and ice is
solid brass with a quartz movement clock.
Dolan & Bullock and Linden Clock, Providence, RI; (800) 556-7354.
Caring for Sterling Jewelry
- Store each piece individually.
- Remove tarnish with paste, liquid polish or treated polishing cloths.
- In a pinch, wash it with hot water and a little soap or toothpaste,
rinse and dry with a soft cloth.
- Wear it. The more it's worn, the less care or cleaning sterling silver
The return of cocktail culture, martini parties and more entertaining
in the home has spurred growth in silver home accessories ... bar and hors
d'oeuvre accessories are in demand ... even brides are registering for bar
Hor d'oeuvre server, fork and pick from Trudy Borenstein-Sugiura, Princeton,
NJ: (609)683-7831 with a serving tray from Lunt Silversmiths, Greenfield,
MA; (413) 774-2774. Put together a martini shaker and stackable shot glasses
from the John Hardy Collection, New York, NY; (800) 2J-HARDY with coaster
and long bar spoon by Georg Jensen, New York, NY; (212)685-9060. Add an
olive pic from Kinetyk, New York, NY; (212) 741-5026 for a finishing touch.
Call it Collectible
From belt buckles to reproduction antique boxes, call it collectible
and it sells, say silver manufacturers.
Now anyone interested in high-end silver collectibles can attend a seminar
on silver jewelry from the 19th and 20th centuries. Author Christie Romeo
will present the seminar April 25-26 at the Institute for the Study of Antiques
and Collectibles in Emmaus, PA. Call (610) 965-1122.
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