JIC Predicts Fine Jewelry Trends

April 22, 2002

JIC Predicts Fine Jewelry Trends

The Jewelry Information Center has spotlighted trends in fine jewelry for spring/summer. The fashions to look for include: The Urban Look
Expect precious metals with texture, or the contrast of platinum and high-karat gold. Flag brooches with red, white and blue gemstones continue to be hot. Black, aubergine and pistachio Tahitian cultured pearls will be seen in pendants, earrings or classic opera strands. Three-stone jewelry, especially rings, pendants and earrings, are popular romantic gifts. Cameos, as pendants, brooches and rings, will make a comeback, as the world returns to old-fashioned values. Lockets will be popular for the same reason.

Latin Influences
Woven mesh or latticework necklaces highlight necks and decolletage, along with dramatic shoulder-duster earrings or a South Sea cultured pearl pendant. Colored gemstones in passionate hues of sherry, sangria and spiked fruit punch will be hot, says JIC. Such gems might include red garnet, pink tourmaline and sapphire, ruby and rubellite, red spinel, mandarin garnet and Mexican fire opal. Preferred jewelry settings for these gems will be ancient-inspired with granulation and texture. An upcoming film about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is generating interest in coral and turquoise too. Orange and red coral will be carved into roses and cameos in cocktail rings and pendants, as well as in multiple strands of tiny beads. Turquoise will also appear in multiple strands, in nugget form, or as cabochon-cut stones set in latticework bracelets, French wire earrings and carved cocktail rings, says JIC.

Hippie Chic
Popular peasant blouses and other shirts with three-quarter length sleeves will increase demand for bracelets, from pencil-thin to bold cuffs, says JIC. These will sometimes be accented with drops of gemstones or cultured pearls. Symbols of faith continue in popularity, as do lucky charms, such as the horseshoe or cloverleaf pendants, the newest jewelry trend from HBO's "Sex and the City." Finally, platinum hearts and diamond stud earrings, in larger sizes, complement this look.

Ruffles, Lace and Lingerie
Jewelry that plays off these feminine, styles will hit big, says JIC. Snaky lariats that adjust from high to low will continue to be popular, as will platinum and diamond pendants strung on leather or rubber cords. Long, thread-like chain earrings in gold suit this look, as do diamond collars and line bracelets. Cultured pearl strands set off lacy looks and soft hued gemstone strands add definition to pale, floral prints.

Loose, Oversized Clothing
The oversized looks on runways lend themselves to jewelry that imparts an elegant touch, says JIC. Gold earrings and necklaces in the shape of feathers inspire feelings of mobility. Pieces that make use of open space, like big chain link necklaces and bracelets and latticework collars, incorporate the human body into their design. White clothing epitomizes the loose look, and it works well with both turquoise and peridot for a cool, spring feel.

For more information on JIC, go to www.jewelryinfo.org.

by Peggy Jo Donahue

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