12 Hot Tips

December 1998

Professional Insider:Trend Spotting

12 Hot Tips

The inside scoop on what consumers want to see

A return to romance and elegance – involving big gems, diamonds in fancy cuts and colors and an antique-inspired revival are among 12 trends in the offing, says retailer Michael Eigen, who operates a store bearing his name in New York City.

Eigen presented "The Shape of Things to Come" as part of a program by New York City's 47th Street Business Improvement District at the Diamond Dealers Club. Here are his views on where jewelry is going:

  1. Gold Comeback: Look for a return of yellow gold, "because it so beautifully highlights colored gemstones – which are also becoming more popular," Eigen says.
  2. Colored Stones: More demand for unusual items such as fire opals and even brown and gray gems, to harmonize with clothing color fashions.
  3. Fancy Colored Diamonds: Luxury is strong now in fashion, and luxe jewelry is needed. Meeting this demand has been the new availability of colored diamonds, especially in feminine pink and yellow. They may not be accessible to everyone yet because of high prices, but awareness is a key to future demand. (For more on colored diamonds, see "Tender in Pink," p. 21.)
  4. Bold Shapes: Chunky, especially in yellow gold, is in. Get ready for a little flash and pizzazz. Design motifs are bold and so is the use of color in geometric designs.
  5. Making the Cut: Fancy diamond shapes are increasingly important. Old favorites are back, including oval, emerald cut and princess. Star cuts are becoming more popular.
  6. Solitaire Diamonds: Few consumers can afford huge, eye-popping diamond jewelry. Solitaires will continue to be staples for the modern wardrobe.
  7. Pearls: They're enjoying a renaissance, with new styles and innovative applications. Pearls with diamonds, especially cultured Tahitian black pearls, are making a comeback. On the more attainable level, look for pearl solitaire jewelry.
  8. Antique Influence: Delicate and feminine pieces that recall period jewelry. Platinum and white gold will dominate, set with diamonds and colored gems.
  9. Nature of Romance: Romantic colorful designs with natural themes are cyclical in nature and are returning, especially dragonflies and butterflies.
  10. How Charming: Well-made charms have a rich feel, often including such high-end accents as diamonds. Look for a return of Gothic designs, worn as statements of fashion rather than religion.
  11. No Visible Means: Diamonds and other gems, including pearls, set in white or yellow gold are being suspended on clear filaments that appear invisible – a perfect low-cost, high-impact gift for bridesmaids.
  12. Wrap Necklaces: Expect delicate wrap necklaces with exotic colored gems such as apatite and tan zanite. Color will be key. These are designed to be fashionable, affordable and versatile.

– by Robert Weldon, G.G.

Colored stones will complement clothing's browns and grays, especially set in yellow gold, as in this brooch by Cynthia Renée & Co., Fallbrook, CA; (760) 728-5150.

Trends in nature motifs and wrap necklaces are combined in this necklace by Maija Neimanis, New York City; (212) 249-6236.

Solitaire Tahitian black pearl and diamond pendant is by Christie Frantz, Berkeley, CA; (800) 468-8900. This should be an enduring style.


Copyright © 1998 by Bond Communications.


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