While we arrived at JCK eager to demo our brand new retailer app, it’s equally exciting to see the stunning work our peers in the jewelry industry are producing. As we explored the floor at the luxury show, we couldn’t help but spot these five key trends that will be dominating the fine jewelry landscape in the future.
“These are so much fun,” gushed the lady stood next to me at one booth, as she mixed and matched yellow sapphire, ruby and black diamond stackable bands. The stacking obsession is one that’s flown from fashion to fine jewelry, driven by a growing appreciation for eclectic, individualistic style. Worn all on one finger, or by playing with sizes and opting for midi rings across the digits, stackable bands are a striking way to add some flair to your look.
Ornate filigree, delicate milgrain, and geometric influences: antique details derived from the Art Deco era were absolutely everywhere at the show. It’s understandable why – the level of detail within these pieces is extraordinary. The use of negative space, angled lines and fine micropavé settings projects an old-world glamour that boldly resonates.
Platinum and white gold are still the most popular metals for fine jewelry, by a long shot. However, we cannot help but notice that rose gold is becoming more and more desirable to those looking to stand out a little. Its romantic warmth is a stunning choice for fancy colored diamonds – particularly those with pink and orange tones.
Fancy Colors & Gemstones
Speaking of which, color is most definitely back on the menu. We’ve spoken before about how Kate Middleton’s helped to revive the trend of sapphire engagement rings, but now other gemstones and colored diamonds are moving to center stage. Vibrant emeralds bring to mind the iconic Elizabeth Taylor, while intense yellow and blue diamonds place an emphasis on rarity and distinction. A return to color is a return to the essence of jewelry: fun.
Halo Engagement Rings
“Halos are not going away anytime soon,” said a woman behind the Henri Daussi display case. While they’re not to everyone’s tastes, they are by far the most popular engagement ring style of the past few years. “It’s that Great Gatsby effect,” explains Mark Keeney, Vice President of marketing at Ritani. “Every woman wants the glamour of Daisy Buchanan.”
Have you spotted any new trends in jewelry recently? Which do you think will be the defining trend of the year? Let us know in the comments!