Professional Jeweler Archive: The Best in Sterling

November 2000

Precious Metals & Bench/New Products

The Best in Sterling

From demure and traditional to bold and dramatic, build a silver jewelry wardrobe as varied as your customers’ every mood, style and budget

Sterling silver jewelry owes its popularity to its reflective beauty and workability into creative shapes. As design trends evolved from Art Nouveau to Arts & Crafts and beyond, silver led the way because its affordability encouraged experimentation.

Today, with its appealingly cool luster, sterling silver combines the endurance of a precious metal with the ability to adapt to fashion’s demands. Following are silver jewelry trends from recent trade shows for you to consider when choosing inventory:

• Free-form flat open links in all sizes.
• Chokers or long chains.
• Midsize to large pendants on long cords or chains.
• Hoop earrings from diminutive to oversized.
• Silver mixed with leather.
• Lightly hammered or satin finishes.
• Silver embracing every color of gemstone.
• Whimsical creature pins such as frogs or insects.
• Stackable everything.
• Silver mixed with 18k gold.
• Hearts, hearts, hearts.

– by Lorraine M. O’Donnell, A.J.P.

Woven sterling silver wrist cuff and watch are from The John Hardy collection.

John Hardy/View Point Showrooms,
New York City; (212) 696-1870, fax (212) 213-5494,

.925 sterling silver bracelet with slightly arched links is crafted in Italy.

New York City; (212) 527-5632, fax (212) 527-5474.

Sterling silver and 18k gold cable bracelets with black onyx are made in Italy. Suggested retail, $430 for the cuff, $463 for the bangle.

The Cargo Hold Inc.,
Charleston, SC; (843) 853-3527.

Bold sterling silver cuff bracelet features a hand-hammered textured finish. Suggested retail, $120.

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

The patent-pending Times Square ball necklace is crafted in sterling silver with cubic zirconia accents. The movable design by Victoria Wieck replicates the Times Square ball in New York City. Production is limited. Suggested retail, $40.

Ravello Beverly Hills,
Beverly Hills, CA; (818) 676-1497,

Sterling silver leaf pins retail from $14-$27.

Beaucraft Inc.,
Providence, RI; (800) 227-2305 or (401) 461-2305.

.925 sterling silver hinged hoop earrings.

Friedrich Zettl Gmbh,
Hollywood, FL; (305) 867-8383, fax (305) 868-4869.

Sterling silver bead necklace and earrings are crafted to look like mabé pearls.

Zina Sterling Silver,
Beverly Hills, CA; (800) 336-3822 or (310) 286-2206.

Sterling silver rings are from the Atlantis collection and retail from $55-$65.

Albuquerque, NM; (800) 521-5986 or (505) 843-9330, fax (505) 843-9624,

.925 sterling silver puffed heart pendants come in a variety of sizes and can be engraved.

New England Sterling,
North Attleboro, MA; (800) 447-5552 or (401) 421-8490, fax (401) 273-2808.

Sterling silver mesh bracelet is $23 triple keystone.

Stuller Settings Inc.,
Lafayette, LA; (800) 877-7777, fax (800) 444-4741.

Sterling silver and palladium suite offers a white-on-white look. Suggested retail, $180-$360.

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

Love/Valentine charm bracelet is crafted in sterling silver.

Rembrandt Charms, Buffalo, NY; (800) 828-7840 or
(716) 633-2450, fax (800) 828-7811,

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