Professional Jeweler Archive: Diamonds Prowl the Catwalk

May 2003

Diamonds/News


Diamonds Prowl the Catwalk

Art Deco-inspired diamonds, stacked bracelets, solitaires, cocktail rings, dangling earrings and colored diamonds make strides


New York City’s February fashion shows featured an array of diamond jewelry. “The stylistic references for these pieces range from period movies such as Chicago to the resurgence of geometric design – even to the diamond anniversary of the Academy Awards,” says Sally Morrison, director of the Diamond Information Center. “The look can be interpreted by retail jewelers in accessible ways, such as with a simple teardrop solitaire pendant or a Royal Asscher-cut diamond stud earring.”

Stack ’Em High

Building on last season’s cuff bracelet, designers stacked intricate diamond bracelets for a decadent bohemian look. Badgley Mischka paired a Deco-style diamond watch from Stephen Russell with a classic emerald-cut line bracelet; newcomer Proenza Schouler softened its architectural sportswear with trios of rose-cut diamond bracelets from Fred Leighton.

Solitaire Sensation

Several designers focused on one large diamond. Narciso Rodriguez used a watch-style bracelet with a single Ashoka diamond over 10 carats from William Goldberg. The inaugural women’s collection for Sean John was complemented by Fred Leighton’s 50-ct. Asscher-cut pendant.

Cocktail Hour

The diamond cocktail ring, most often sported on the right hand, gained momentum. The style could be spare – an oval-shaped diamond set horizontally at Alvin Valley; or intricate – marquise-shaped diamonds set in a floral design by Vivid Collection at Carmen Marc Valvo. Carmen Mark Valvo also sparked up designs throughout the collection with Vivid’s yellow and white diamonds.

Swingers

Several fashion houses used dangling teardrop-shaped diamonds as accents in motion. Ralph Lauren decked out models in diamond briolette-style earrings from Stephen Russell. Showing a flair for contrast, Catherine Malandrino paired edgy urban designs with a 10-ct. teardrop pendant from Lorraine Schwartz.

Big Solitaires

Fred Leighton’s 50-ct. Asscher-cut diamond necklace graces Sean John’s runway show. Photo courtesy of the Diamond Information Center.

Stacked Diamond Bracelets

Proenza Schouler softens its architectural sportswear with a trio of rose-cut diamond bracelets from Fred Leighton. Photo courtesy of the Diamond Information Center.

Colored Diamonds

Yellow diamond stud earrings by the Vivid Collection complement Carmen Mark Valvo’s red halter. Photo courtesy of the Diamond Information Center.

Dangling Diamond Earrings

Ralph Lauren model wears diamond briolette-style earrings from Stephen Russell. Photo courtesy of the Diamond Information Center.

Art Deco Styles

Badgley Mischka pairs a Deco-style diamond watch from Stephen Russell with a classic emerald-cut line bracelet. Photo courtesy of the Diamond Information Center.

Cocktail Rings

Sean John model wears diamond rings from Fred Leighton on both hands. Photo courtesy of the Diamond Information Center.

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