Professional Jeweler Archive: Warming Trend

January 2003


Warming Trend

Brights for spring and warm earth tones for fall should heat up gemstone jewelry sales

Bright, sophisticated and wearable gemstone jewelry will make an impact in 2003. Styles and color demands have evolved – icy cold blues and purples are warming up. Colors that blend well with yellow gold are reemerging as 18k gold returns to fashion.

“This spring will bring pink and teal, and autumn will call for earthy orange and yellow,” says Judith Evans of Judith Evans for Kimberley Diamond, New York City. To satisfy customers looking for beautiful and interesting color, offer gemstones such as pink or green tourmaline, Mandarin garnet, peridot, orange citrine, tanzanite, pink or yellow sapphire, orange garnet, Mexican opal, amethyst, jade or pale ruby.

“Radiant, baguette, trilliant, pineapple cut, round brilliant, bufftops and cabochon cuts not only offer sparkle and retain color richness, they are very wearable,” says Patricia Daunis, designer/owner of Daunis, Portland, ME.

In Demand

Earrings – Drops and hoops lend movement, while on-the-ear designs suit active lifestyles. Sizes are growing.

Necklaces – Hot looks include midsize single-stone pendants on interesting chains and beads that encompass the neck. The style is flexible with movement, bolder and heavier.

Rings – While three-stone rings are still important, multistone and family rings are popular too, as are designs featuring a large gemstone surrounded by a row of diamonds.

Bracelets – Links with charms added for movement are the hot, as are bold, gold cuffs scattered with colored gems or enamel.

Pins – Styles are bold and the motifs are critters and bugs.

Look into the Future

“Classic or vintage jewelry will take a back seat to more modern-looking jewelry,” says Laura Munder, designer/owner, Laura Munder, Palm Beach, FL. Pastels in monochromatic or tonal presentation are growing.

As consumers become more aware of color, additional staff training and more consumer information will be needed. “Retail stores have the power to drive the trends by educating the customer,” says Evans.

– by Lorraine M. O’Donnell, A.J.P.

Platinum rings feature 0.80 carat of diamonds. The top ring features two 0.52-ct. side rubies and one 1-ct. center ruby and retails for $7,045. The bottom ring features two 0.52-ct. side sapphires and one 1-ct. center sapphire and retails for $5,338.

A. Jaffe, New York City; (800) 223-0553, fax (800) 628-4183.

18k rings from the Giselle collection hold Burmese rubies and diamonds. Suggested retail, $2,000-$3,000.

Raico Jewelry Corp., Great Neck, NY; (800) 362-5866 or (516) 466-7782, fax (516) 466-7830.

Seven-pointed star necklace is 18k gold with white diamonds and a rainbow of dome-cut gemstones.

Laura Munder, Palm Beach, FL; (561) 840-9995, fax (561) 845-0391,

Photo by Robert Weldon.

Alan Friedman’s 18k necklace (also featured on our cover) is a showcase for 38 pear-shaped moonstones totaling 106.90 carats, diamonds totaling 9.20 carats and a pierced back with ebony inlay. “My designs are created through what I see when I look at an individual stone or layout of stones,” says Friedman. “These moonstones originated in India and, in my 30-year career, I have seen a few single stones of this magnificent coloration but never an entire suite. When I saw these unique beauties, I instantaneously had a vision of this design.”

Alan Friedman Co., Beverly Hills, CA ; (310) 278-4944.

Jewelry suite in 10k gold with 12k gold tricolored leaves embraces sapphires.

South Dakota Gold, Rapid City, SD; (800) 541-4610.

Abennaki weave ring with radiant-cut peridot and pink tourmaline set in 14k gold is $1,100 keystone. Han weave ring with trillion citrine and red spinels set in 14k gold is $1,000 keystone.

Daunis, Portland, ME; (207) 773-6011, fax (207) 773-3603,

Black, gray and anodized titanium stacking rings are set with blue, yellow, pink or white sapphires. Suggested retail, $149-$199.

Spectore, Deerfield Beach, FL; (954) 481-8422, fax (954) 421-2391.

Sterling silver pendant holds blue topaz, amethyst and iolite and is $63 retail.

Boma, Renton, WA; (800) 892-9210, fax (425) 226-2334.

14k gold cross is set with amethyst, rubies, sapphires and emeralds with 0.10 carat of diamond accents. Suggested retail, $720.

J&C Ferrara Co., N. Attleboro, MA; (800) 225-2137, fax (508) 695-5607.

14k gold earrings are each set with an 8mm citrine and a 0.10-ct. diamond.

Murphy Design, Minneapolis, MN; (800) 998-8883 or (612) 333-0144, fax (612) 344-1640.

Chandelier earrings are 20k gold and feature filigree patterns set with aquamarine. Also available in platinum.

Cathy Carmendy, Santa Monica, CA; (888) 825-0527, (310) 396-3120.

18k gold and platinum ring is set with a 5.88-ct. oval tanzanite and 0.60 carat of round diamonds. Suggested retail, $13,750.

Judith Evans for Kimberley Diamond, New York City; (800) 223-4104, fax (800) 791-7731.

14k gold ring is set with a 0.68-ct. Chatham created emerald and a 0.95-ct. pink sapphire with seven round brilliant-cut diamonds. Triple keystone, $897.

Chatham Created Gems, San Francisco, CA; (800) 222-2002, fax (415) 397-8455.

10k Black Hills Gold necklace features a 0.06-ct. Missouri River sapphire and retails for $72.50.

Stamper Black Hills Gold Jewelry, Rapid City, SD; (800) 843-8753, fax (800) 435-9989,

14k white gold rings each feature 0.58 carat of diamonds and yellow, blue or green sapphires. Suggested retail, $1,400.

Gala Jewelry Inc., New York City; (212) 391-4365, fax (212) 391-4392.


18k Sabi gold is set with rubelite gemstones and diamond accents.

Henry Dunay, New York City; (800) 888-2525, (212) 768-9700.

Platinum ring features a 1.39-ct. sapphire and 0.10 carat of princess-cut diamonds. Keystone, $5,600.

John/Christine Designs, Middleton, WI; (608) 836-1885.

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