Bangkok Show Boasts Modern Design

March 12, 1999

Bangkok Show Boasts Modern Design

Contemporary designs in silver and gold held their own against traditional colored stone jewelry styles at the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair, held in Thailand this week. Among the trends:

  • Designers embed two or three tiny diamonds (the specialty of local cutters) in wide ring bands of white or yellow gold and silver for a striking size contrast.
  • Invisible settings are popular; also, rings alternating square-cut colored stones and diamonds for a checkerboard look set in square bezels were widely shown.
  • White metals were everywhere, especially silver, for which the city is known, as well as white gold. Yellow gold jewelry was mostly high-karat (22k and 24k). Much of the jewelry was modern with European style cues, styled in youthful, cartoonish motifs such as scalloped flowers, starbursts and spirals.
  • Many silver designs used cubic zirconia and cabochon-cut semi-precious gemstones, with blue and yellow topaz, peridot and dark purple amethyst prevailing. Heart-shaped colored gemstones were popular.
  • The cultured pearls of choice, surprisingly, were South Sea -- white and golden from Australia and Indonesia, and black from Tahiti. In strands, off-rounds were increasingly prevalent. Only a few exhibitors carried Chinese freshwater pearls, which are creating such a stir in other markets with their large sizes. For smaller round white strands, Japanese cultured pearls continued to be preferred.

- by Stacey King