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September 1999

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Pastel Parade

Fashion-conscious jewelry with great sell-through

Versatility is the name of the game, and pastels are the winners. Refreshing color combinations and prices generally lower than those of the Big Three gems allow customers to mix and match their jewelry wardrobe. "Our line sells for $195-$2,000 suggested retail," says David St. Clair of Nancy B & Co., Culver City, CA.

Pastel gemstones are a good choice for a flattering, youthful accent. "They offer a casual look and feeling that appeals to a younger clientele – or a customer with a youthful attitude," says Alexander Lubschik, director of marketing for JewelMak, New York City. Pastel gems also complement all skin types.

Consider the comfortable washed-denim look of lavender-blue chalcedony. "The response to this gemstone has been phenomenal," says St. Clair. Citrine and aquamarine are big sellers also.
Mixing color is another way to approach pastels. "We're having tremendous success with multicolored pearls strung on a yellow gold wire, with hues that range from pale pink to faded purple and green," says Lubschik. Peridot and garnet also draw attention.

– by Lorraine M. Suermann

Necklace features five snowflakes crafted in 18k white gold on an 18k white gold chain. Gemstones include peridot, citrine, tanzanite, pink tourmaline, green tourmaline, and yellow and pink sapphires with diamonds. Suggested retail, $3,430. Irina, New York City; (212) 929- 8800, fax (212) 929-0928.
14k gold rings (from top) feature aquamarine in two-tone gold, blue chalcedony in yellow gold and pink tourmaline in yellow gold. Suggested retail, $395, $595 and $1,100 respectively. Nancy B & Co., Culver City, CA; (800) 421-0464, fax (310) 836-2409.
Hand-fabricated 18k gold earrings feature 12mm center mabé pearls surrounded with granulation and accented with 2.57 carats of labradorite. Aquamarine drops totaling 16.73 carats are removable. Suggested retail, $7,400. Kent Raible Jewelry, Tiburon, CA; (415) 389-8885, fax (415) 389-0305.
Platinum ring on top features a 2-ct. aquamarine cabochon with 0.3 carat of bead-set diamonds ($1,800 suggested retail). Platinum ring with a 2.5-ct. emerald-cut aquamarine and 0.19 carat of channel-set diamonds is $2,080. David Friedman & Sons, New York City; (800) 221-3596 or (212) 684-1760, fax (212) 532-3891.
14k gold rings showcase a 6-ct. green tourmaline teardrop (left) and a 6-ct. oval pink tourmaline, each with 1.06 carats of pavé diamonds. Suggested retail, $5,144 and $5,368, respectively. Aletto, Boca Raton, FL; (800) 889-3142 or (561) 338-7648.
Two-row reversible Celebration bracelet features assorted blue sapphires and diamonds in 18k white gold. Suggested retail, $28,998. Aaron Henry Designs, Los Angeles, CA; (213) 623-4228.
Rainbow sapphire suite crafted in gold is $500-$3,390 suggested retail. DGK Colors, Scottsdale, AZ; (602) 451-9380, fax (602) 451-8932.
Platinum rings are set with tanzanite or rubellite. Matching earrings are available. From a collection that is $790-$1,890 suggested retail. Catherine Iskiw Designs, New York City; (212) 794-6392, fax (212) 794-4781.
Yellow or white gold rings feature an array of pastel gemstones, including chalcedony, aquamarine and citrine. La Nouvelle Bague, Florence, Italy; (39-55) 244-911,
Opera-length necklace comprises citrines, freshwater pearls and 14k gold beads. Suggested retail, $130. JewelMak, New York City; (212) 398-2999
New styles in an interchangeable jewelry collection include rings and earrings with oval, pear and emerald-cut gemstones. All designs are available in 14k or 18k yellow or white gold. Suggested retail, $698-$1,196.
Keith Baker & Co., Alter Gem Jewelry, Harrisburg, PA; (717) 564-7930, fax (717)- 564-3983,

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