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August 1999

Gemstones & Pearls:New Products

Beautiful Beads

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,

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,

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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