Professional Jeweler Archive: Metal Mixers

August 2000

Precious Metals & Bench/New Products

Metal Mixers

In combination, gold and sterling silver create jewelry with casual chic

The icy brightness of sterling silver, the warm glow of yellow gold – put them together and you get a versatile look that goes anywhere. Sterling dresses down gold, while gold raises sterling’s pedigree. “Silver with 18k gold accents is a definite trend,” says Susan Lum-Creitz, sales manager for Ed Levin Jewelry, Cambridge, NY. It’s also more affordable than all gold.

Rings dominate the gold-sterling arena, with bands featuring diamond or colored gemstone accents most in demand. In addition, hinged hoop and other small earrings with a matte finish and colored gem accents are popular. Also selling well in this category are pendants and necklaces that come to the nape of the neck or have open links.

Most sterling jewelry now on the market can tarnish (see Professional Jeweler, July 2000, p. 65, for information on a new tarnish-resistant sterling alloy). Be sure to teach customers how to keep sterling shining like new. Advise them to use a soft brush on pitted surfaces or a silver cloth on smooth surfaces. "Because heat and moist air causes silver to tarnish, suggest the jewelry be stored in airtight bags when not worn,” says Karen Lautanen, president of Zebra Designs Inc., Pittsburgh, PA.

Showcase sterling/gold jewelry on architectural or geometric displays. Frosted acrylic ring pyramids that fasten a weighted wire to each ring allow customers to experience a ring without it walking away.

– by Lorraine M. Suermann, A.J.P.

Sterling silver and 18k gold slide pendant features a cubic zirconia accent and hangs from a multistrand neckwire. Suggested retail, $175.

Cherie Dori, Fort Lauderdale, FL; (800) 206-8399, fax (800) 205-2653.

Sterling silver and 14k gold bangle is $600 suggested retail.

Anatoli Inc., West Hurley, NY; (888) 505-3033, fax (914) 334-9099.

Sterling silver and 14k gold flower pendant is $370 keystone.

Mazza/Bartholomew Ltd., New York City; (212) 935-4530, fax (212) 355-7801.

Sterling silver and 14k gold horse bracelet retails for $990. The dolphin bracelet is $765.

Kabana, Albuquerque, NM; (800) 521-5985 or (505) 843-9330, fax (505) 843-9624,

14k gold and sterling silver bracelet is $208 suggested retail. Matching earrings are $137.

Carla Corp., East Providence, RI; (800) 556-7092, fax (401) 438-0455.

Pendants from the Torcellato collection are crafted in 18k gold and sterling silver. Suggested retail, $275-$395.

Alisa, Manalapan, NJ; (888) 253-6600, fax (732) 723-1812.

Sterling silver and 14k gold key chain, tie bar and cuff links retail for $58-$150.

Esslinger & Co., St. Paul, MN; (800) 328-0205.

Matching sterling silver earrings and pendant feature gold and diamond accents.

Stahl Design, Providence, RI; (401) 727-3944, fax (401) 722-9765,

Sterling silver and 12k gold ring features pink and green gold leaves. Suggested retail, $41.

Mount Rushmore Black Hills Gold, Rapid City, SD; (800) 658-3361 or (605) 343-2226, fax (605) 343-8653.

Quilted 14k gold and sterling silver slide pendant hangs on a sterling silver necklace.

Zina Sterling Silver, Beverly Hills, CA; (310) 286-2212, fax (310) 286-1432,

18k gold and sterling silver suite retails for $124-$483.

The Cargo Hold Inc., Charleston, SC; (800) 845-6964, fax (843) 722-1377.

Brushed sterling silver post earrings with polished 14k gold ball and interior are $108 suggested retail. The flower earrings in sterling silver and 14k gold are $92.

Ed Levin Jewelry, Cambridge, NY; (518) 677-8595, fax (518) 677-8597.

Sterling silver pendant is plated with 24k gold and features an iolite cabochon. Keystone, $168.

Fedra International, Rehoboth, MA; (508) 252-8000, fax (508) 252-4650.

Sterling silver and gold combo has a brushed finish.

Zebra Designs, Pittsburgh, PA; (412) 281-6612, fax (412) 281-6624.

18k gold and sterling silver “Wave” earrings are $262 suggested retail. The “Pod” brooch is $308.

Lugosch Designs, Round Pond, ME; (207) 529-6050.

Sterling silver and 18k gold Dogwood brooch/slide pendant is $85 suggested retail.

B.A. Ballou, East Providence, RI; (800) 755-7099, fax (800) 755-7988.

Sterling silver and 18k gold bangle is designed by Rina Limor.

J.R. Gold Designs, New York City; (212) 922-9292.

Sterling silver and 18k gold bracelets are $76-$180 keystone.

Dobbs Boston, Gloucester, MA; (978) 253-0432, fax (978) 253-2209.

Sterling silver, 14k gold and marcasite make up this suite. Suggested retail, $45-$230.

Judith Jack/Images & Details, New Canaan, CT; (203) 966-8203 or (212) 986-0820, fax (203) 966-9383.

14k gold and sterling silver cuff links are from a collection retailing from $99.

Lègere, Attleboro, MA; (800) 451-2922, fax (508) 226-1954.

Chains combine the tradition of rope, curb, serpentine and box with the modern edge of rolo and bead styles.

National Chain Co., Warwick, RI; (401) 732-6200, fax (401) 738-1684.

Journey through time with Rembrandt’s silver and gold travel bracelet. Suggested retail, $585.

Rembrandt Charms, Buffalo, NY; (800) 828-7840.

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