Gemstones & Pearls New Products
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
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, Kebaker@msn.com.
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