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