Gemstones & Pearls:New Products
Color and shape combine for dramatic intensity
Coral, jet and jade were among the most popular gemstone beads in the
past. Today, aventurine, peridot and different colors of tourmaline are
the favorites. "The colors these gemstones provide convey a sense of
serenity," says Simon Alcantara, designer/owner of McCall Alcantara,
New York City.
The earthiness and boldness of gemstone beads add sensuality and a feeling
of movement. "The inspirational power of color along with its uniqueness
enables a consumer to have an immediate connection with this jewelry,"
says Teresa Corallo Katz, president of Studio Karu, New York City.
Gemstone beads can be displayed dramatically. A minimal display, such
as one amazing necklace of oversized beads on a beautiful platform, is all
that's needed to attract customers' attention.
by Lorraine M. Suermann
|14 pearls adorn the seven strands of this 14k gold graduated neckwire. Suggested
retail, $495. |
Cherie Dori Inc., Sunrise, FL; (954) 741-0711, fax (954) 741-0901.
|Three-strand aventurine nuggets, freshwater pearls, pink Biwa pearls, taupe
cording and a sterling slide clasp are the ingredients that make up this
necklace. Suggested retail, $750. |
McCall Alcantara, New York City; (212) 942-3098, firstname.lastname@example.org.
|21-in. necklace features natural mauve freshwater pearls and faceted amethyst
beads on a 14k gold chain. Keystone, $196. |
Shogun Trading Co. Inc., Harrison, NY; (800) 458-8004 or (914) 381-1414,
fax (914) 381-7235.
|One-of-a-kind necklace is made of natural coral beads and a 3.05-ct. diamond
pavé ball clasp (not shown). Suggested retail, $107,000. |
Craig Drake, Philadelphia, PA; (215) 568-2330, fax (215) 564-0579.
|Two chokers, one in amethyst and one in citrine, are joined by two Sofia
clasps, one amethyst and diamonds and one citrine and diamonds. Suggested
retail, $5,000 for each clasp and $2,200 for each bead choker. |
Studio Karu, New York City; (212) 663-7825, fax (212) 865-6415.
|Interchangeable diamond bead pendant holds an 8mm round bead or pearl. Available
in 14k or 18k white or yellow gold, the set comes with a cultured pearl,
amethyst, natural lapis, black onyx, and green and red jade. The pendant
will clip onto a strand of pearls or a 6mm omega necklace. A 0.05-ct. diamond
(F-G/VS-SI) accents the top of the pendant. Suggested retail, $998. |
Keith Baker & Co. Alter Gem Jewelry, Harrisburg, PA; (717) 564-7930,
fax (717) 564-3983, email@example.com.
|Necklace from the Antonini collection features 61.81 carats of faceted sapphire
beads with cultured pearls and a jeweled 18k gold center clasp with 2.5
carats of diamonds and sapphire cabochons. Suggested retail, $23,329.|
IJG for Antonini, Beverly Hills, CA; (800) 443-1479, fax (323) 653-1768.
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