JIC Forecasts Fall/Holiday Fine Jewelry Trends

May 15, 2003

JIC Forecasts Fall/Holiday Fine Jewelry Trends

The Jewelry Information Center, along with six major promotional groups in the jewelry industry, held a lunch in New York City on May 14 to introduce consumer and trade jewelry editors to the top five jewelry trends for the fall/holiday season. The lunch included an exhibition of nearly 100 pieces of contemporary jewelry to illustrate the five themes, along with information on the designers, costs and how to contact various promotion groups to arrange photo shoots and articles. Prize drawing giveaways of fine jewelry helped the editors appreciate the value of precious gems and metals. The aim of the event was to stimulate the coverage of fine jewelry in fall and pre-holiday editions of magazines and newspapers.

The five trends for Fall 2003 cited at the event were:

• Quick Change Artists. This group of jewelry included pieces that could be worn in several ways or changed into different jewels. The transformations included line earrings that became hoops, necklaces that convert to bracelets or lariats, brooches that double as pendants, and reversible and interchangeable rings.

• Dramatic Earrings. A wide array of mostly dangling earrings included chandeliers, drops, strands, hoops and cascades. The exhibit acknowledged the influence of currently popular goddess-inspired clothing and styling. The look includes lots of upswept hair that emphasizes the ear. Several studs, lozenges, and clips were also shown.

• Period Drama. Art Deco influences dominated this exhibit of revival jewelry, but there were also Victorian and Edwardian styled pieces on display. Antique-inspired diamond cuts were also highlighted, as were 1920s-style pearl strands.

• Color. The fascination with color in fashion continues to spill over into jewelry and the exhibit featured colored gems as well as colored diamonds, while also emphasizing that white was hot, as in pearls, diamonds and platinum. The green gems, such as emerald, peridot, jade and pistachio green Tahitian cultured pearls, were touted as being especially popular. Blues also showed up in a lot of pieces, including sapphire, aquamarine, turquoise and tanzanite. Coral also made it into several jewels.

• Graphic Detail. The final exhibit featured jewelry using geometric shapes, crosses, hearts, stars, swirls and spirals to mirror the bold graphics and Pucci-inspired prints now popular in clothing fashion.

The six promotional groups who cohosted the event were the American Gem Trade Association, Diamond Information Center, Perles de Tahiti, Platinum Guild International, South Sea Pearl Consortium and World Gold Council.

by Peggy jo Donahue

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