Professional Jeweler Archive: Blooming Boomers

May 2005

Merchandise | Older Boomers

Blooming Boomers

As the leading edge of the Baby Boom eyes the next chapter of their lives, an interesting gem or pearl sale might be in your future


The generation that rocked Woodstock isn’t about to slide into rocking chairs as they set out to redefine the aging process. Colored gems or pearls signify individuality and discriminating taste. Trends include:

  • Rings with significant center gemstones flanked by diamonds.
  • Classic gemstones such as emerald, sapphire and ruby are age- and income-appropriate.
  • Multicolor gem designs bestow individuality.
  • Pearls are freed from their staid strings and dangle from earrings and pendants.
Platinum earrings are set with 2.84 carats of rubies and 0.33 carat of full-cut diamonds.

Suna Bros. Inc., New York City; (800) 456-7862, fax (212) 869-5922,

Handmade platinum ring features a 4.79-ct. oval Ceylon sapphire with 0.92 carat of half-moon diamonds.

Adasco Designs, New York City; (800) 632-6685, fax (212) 768-1041,

Freshwater pearl, ruby and lemon citrine necklace is $130 suggested retail.

Susan Michel, Flushing, NY; (718) 591-3722.

Ring with onyx trim holds a 3.55-ct. blue topaz, 3.45-ct. amethyst and 0.26 carat of diamonds in 18k white gold.

Bergio, Fairfield, NJ; (973) 227-3230, fax (973) 227-3556,

Freshwater cultured pearl and diamond earrings are set in 18k gold.

Baumell Pearl Co. Inc., San Francisco, CA; West Coast (800) 247-8222, East Coast (800) 281-8665.

Marie Scarpa Designs, Petaluma, CA; (707) 765-6558, fax (707) 765-6558,,

Pin/pendant is 18k yellow gold and platinum with eight sets of curved spires, each hand-woven with 3 feet of 30-gauge round platinum wire surrounding a bezel-set 10.72-ct. checkerboard-cut blue green tourmaline. Embellishing the ends of each set of spires are 3mm-4mm faceted graduated-color rubies, lavender sapphires, amethysts, blue sapphires, aquamarines, blue green tourmalines, yellow sapphires and spessartite garnets.
Cross of 14k gold features a 3mm-by-3mm ruby.

Stuller Inc., Lafayette, LA; (800) 877-7777, fax (337) 981-1655,,

Ring holds a 2-ct. emerald and 0.92 carat of diamonds in 14k gold. Suggested retail, $5,300.

Paragon-Gem Designs, New York City; (212) 391-6996, fax (212) 391-6712.

Bracelet is 18k white gold with invisible-set fancy sapphires from the “Passionate Hues” collection.

Dilamani Designs, Great Neck, NY; (800) 342-6677,,

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