Professional Jeweler Archive: Chain Change-Up

January 2004

Precious Metals/New Products

Chain Change-Up

Cords are the new chain

Rubber, silk, leather, polyester or cotton and rayon, take your pick – cords are a perfect match for precious metals pendants. Demand is high for black, denim, gold, brown, pink, purple, turquoise and beige. These cords blend well with white or yellow gold pendants and clasps. The colors also match popular gemstone accents and allow diamond accents to glow.

In displays, group the cords to emphasize color.

– by Lorraine M. O’Donnell, A.J.P.

Sterling silver and 18k gold accent these rubber chokers. Suggested retail, $269-$469.

Silber’s, Houston, TX; (800) 745-2377 or (713) 784-6226, fax (713) 784-0396.

Sterling silver heart pendant with 12k Black Hills gold leaves is $107.50 suggested retail.

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

Sterling silver pendants from the Century collection feature colorful enamel interpretations of 20th century artistic themes. Suggested retail, $275+.

Alisa, Manalapan, NJ; (888) 253-6600.

18k gold pendant hangs from a rubber cord. Suggested retail, $750.

Fabergé, Pforzheim, Germany; (49-72) 319-1870, fax (49-72) 313-3215.

FuFoo Fine Jewelry offers handmade silk cords in a variety of colors in 3mm, 4mm and 5mm (including a two-color braid) for its enamel charm collections. The cords – $10-$20 retail – are available in 14 and 16 inches and soon will be offered also in 18 inches.

FuFoo Fine Jewelry, West Long Branch, NJ; (877) 795-1713 or (732) 483-9200,

Sterling silver pendant and earrings feature accents in 10k yellow gold and 12k rose and green gold and onyx. Triple keystone, $90 for the pendant, $75 for the earrings.

Black Hills Gold Jewelry by Coleman, Rapid City, SD; (800) 874-9926, fax (888) 394-3752.

18k white gold filigree heart pendant hangs on black silk.

Aurafin-Oro America, Tamarac, FL; (800) 327-1808.

Made in Italy, this black rubber necklace and bracelet have sterling silver accents. Suggested retail, $54 for the necklace, $51 for the bracelet.

The Cargo Hold Inc., Charleston, SC; (843) 723-3341, fax (843) 722-1377.

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