Unconventional Influences Affect Season's Jewelry

July 22, 2002

Unconventional Influences Affect Season's Jewelry

Bold fashion influenced jewelry styles in 2002, and new designs for this fall and into 2003 will show unconventional influences, according to Elizabeth Florence, executive director of the Jewelry Information Center. The JIC held a New York City press conference last week to show many new jewelry pieces culled from various sources.

"Women's fashion has definitely become bolder and fine jewelry, more than ever, is a reflection of women's growing independence, success, courage and personal style," says Florence. Consumer fashion and jewelry magazine editors perused examples of new items displayed according to this year's most influential categories. These were:

It's a Glamorous Life

Embellished fabrics and slinky satin demand elegance. Simple diamond stud earrings or a three-stone diamond pendants set in platinum, deep black Tahitian pearls, Peruvian opals, Australian South Sea pearls – all work in this genre.

Rock n' Roll Forever

Metal bangles and geometric earrings complement the metallic fabrics and sequin accents in the season's clothing. Also seen are pearls strung on rubber cords, mother of pearl in tiger and leopard print embellished with yellow and white diamonds, and bold link chains.

Global Princess

Russia, the Middle East and the Far East this year influenced fashion runways. Colors and designs from these cultures translated into jewelry with Mexican fire opal, coral, amber, high-karat granulated gold, cabochon cut mandarin garnets and lacy enamels of Indian Kundan Meena jewelry.

All-American Girl Next Door

Clothing inspired by private schools influenced introductions of versatile and sexy lariats wrapped as chokers or hanging loosely with textured gold flowers or black Tahitian pearls. Brightly colored gems prevailed, including floral brooches and circle pins made of rubies, sapphires, emeralds, citrines or aquamarines.

Soft n' Supple

A "carefree" attitude in fashion requires versatile designs for jewelry. Look for pendants with long extensions, butterfly brooches that sway with the wearer and small gold links inspired by nature that spin and bounce with each movement.

For more information, contact the Jewelry Information Center, New York, (646) 658-0240, www.jewelryinfo.org.

by Michael Thompson

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