Hot Stuff at The Professional Jeweler Show

September 12, 2000

Hot Stuff at The Professional Jeweler Show

It should be a golden holiday selling season. Yellow gold in 14k, 18k and some 22k dominated the offerings at The Professional Jeweler Show in Las Vegas. Gems in pink tones, small diamonds in pavé, big South Sea pearls and textured metals also set the tone for holiday buying.

Colored Gems
Among loose goods, pink stones are plentiful. Pink sapphire, kunzite, morganite and pink tourmaline are selling well and are available in good quantities. Among finished goods, buyers found a rainbow of choice – green, blue, red and yellow stones are hot, mostly set in shiny yellow gold. An especially popular ring style for bezel-set colored gemstones topped a brushed-finish shank with a shiny bezel. Jade, coral and turquoise continue to hold buyer interest, as they have all year, and opal inlay is poised for popularity.

Affordable small diamonds show up in pavé and invisibly-set styles, while the freshest-looking cut for larger diamonds is the briolette. Briolettes in all colors dangled from station necklaces and earrings. Pavé and channel-set stones adorned hinged-hoop earrings and even some watch faces. In engagement rings, pavé and invisibly set diamonds create side accents in semi-mounts. Finished rings were usually shown with 1-ct. princess-cut center diamonds. In loose goods, color-enhanced diamonds, including some black diamonds, were popular.

Strands of big – up to 22mm – South Sea pearls in either black or white are selling well, while single drop necklaces continue to be popular.

Precious Metals
Yellow gold jewelry continues its resurgence, especially in woven, mesh and braided styles. Big omega necklaces with slides are hot, and neckwires with slides or pearls continue to sell. White metal is still to be found; platinum, white gold and silver sport mixed finishes in rings, bracelets and necklaces. Plain wedding bands in two-tone gold are also on the comeback trail.

- Staff Report