Sterling Gems

June 1999

Gemstones & Pearls:New Products

Sterling Gems

Punctuate silver's starkness with everything from fiery orange to icy blue

Capitalize on the Reintroduction of color on fashion runways and the interest in white metal by mixing colored gems with sterling silver.

Colored gems take the hard edge off silver and introduce casual, affordable designs to women just starting to build fine jewelry collections.

Diana Sheil of the Silver Information Center in New York City offers these trends to watch for the remainder of 1999:

  • Silver with gold accents.
  • Silver mixed with wood.
  • Tiger eye, carnelian and anything orange, plus traditional green and blue, including turquoise.
  • Pink pearls, pink tourmaline and pale amethyst for a pretty, feminine quality.

One note: before allowing a customer to try on a piece of silver jewelry, take a second to remove fingerprints so she can admire its full beauty.

– by Lorraine M. Suermann

From the être collection come these cool blue briolette-inspired topazes in sterling silver.
Relios, Albuquerque, NM; (800) 827-6543, fax (814) 357-0506.
Sterling silver bangles have 18k gold and amethyst accents.
The Cargo Hold, Charleston, SC; (843) 723-3341.

Ultramodern suite features ice blue topaz with cubic zirconia accents. Suggested retail, $30-$65.
Esslinger & Co., St. Paul, MN; (800) 328-0205, fax (800) 548-9304.

Geometric hinged hoop earrings attract attention with orange and green synthetic spinel.
Friedrich Zettl, Hollywood, FL; (305) 867-8383, fax (305) 868-4869.

Bezel-set citrine earrings are $72 suggested retail.
Balinesia Inc., New York City; (212) 925-9229.

Rings are crafted in sterling silver with palladium and 14k gold accents. Each one holds a peridot or green tanzanite.
Zebra Design Inc., New York City; (212) 382-4216, fax (212) 382-4217.

Sterling silver ring shanks are topped with handmade 14k mountings that cradle a 21.26-ct. lime quartz with garnet cabochon accents and a 38.63-ct. ametrine.
Rigoberto Jewelry Designs, Los Angeles, CA; (800) 243-7332 or (213) 627-0072, fax (213) 627-2446.


Cushion-cut amethysts are held snugly in 18k gold bezels. The sterling silver features oxidation and beading.
J.J. Marco, New York City; (888) JJMARCO, fax (212) 754-4580.
Sterling silver Nikko bracelets feature a 6-ct. oval amethyst and an 8-ct. pear-shaped blue topaz. Suggested retail, $150 for the amethyst, $160 for the blue topaz.
Audace, White Plains, NY; (914) 997-7338.

From the Elements Delta collection, trillion peridots nestle in sterling silver earrings with 18k gold accents.
John Atencio, Denver, CO; (303) 830-7733, fax (303) 830-0891.

Scalloped sterling silver necklace features rainbow hematite, opals and tourmaline set in 18k gold. Suggested retail, $2,650.
I.K. Design, Barrington, IL; (708) 381-8626.

Designed by Paul J. Dangler, geometric puffed earrings with a matte finish are trimmed with 14k gold accents. Available with iolite, garnet, amethyst, onyx, hematite, coral or jade.
Group D Inc., Sarasota, FL; (941) 957-4949, fax (941) 957-4948,

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