Deco-Inspired Diamonds at New York Fashion Shows

February 24, 2003

Deco-Inspired Diamonds at New York Fashion Shows

New York City's Spring 2003 fashion shows featured an array of diamond jewelry. "The stylistic references for these Deco-inspired pieces range from period movies like Chicago to the resurgence of geometric design – even to the upcoming diamond anniversary of the Academy Awards," says Sally Morrison, director of the Diamond Information Center. "The look can be interpreted in accessible ways, such as with a simple teardrop solitaire pendant or a Royal Asscher-cut diamond stud earring."

Here's a rundown of diamonds sported on the runways:

Stack 'Em High
Building on last season's cuff bracelet, designers stacked intricate diamond bracelets for a decadent-bohemian look. While Badgley Mischka underscored the fluidity of its urbane eveningwear by pairing a Deco-style diamond watch from Stephen Russell with a classic emerald-cut line bracelet; newcomer Proenza Schouler softened its crisp architectural sportswear with trios of rose-cut diamond bracelets from Fred Leighton.

Solitaire Sensation
Several designers embraced the look of one large diamond. Narciso Rodriguez made this point in brilliant style by unveiling a watch-style diamond bracelet with a single Ashoka Diamond over 10 carats from William Goldberg. Sean Combs accented his inaugural women's collection for Sean John with Fred Leighton's 50-ct. Royal Asscher pendant, seen most recently on actress Catherine Zeta-Jones at January's Golden Globe Awards.

Diamond Cocktail Hour
The diamond cocktail ring, most often sported on the right hand, gained momentum as designers evoked the decadent chic of 1930s Hollywood. The style could be from spare and modern – an oval-shaped diamond set horizontally at Alvin Valley or intricate and nature-inspired – marquise-shaped diamonds set in a floral design by Vivid Collection, at Carmen Marc Valvo.

Several fashion houses used dangling teardrop-shaped diamonds as accents in motion. Ralph Lauren decked out models in diamond briolette-style earrings from Stephen Russell. Showing a flair for contrast, Catherine Malandrino paired edgy urban designs with a 10-ct. teardrop-shaped pendant from Lorraine Schwartz.

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