From my side of the showcase

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By Susan Schube of Avalon Jewelers 

I must confess. I do watch award shows. Or, rather, I mostly watch the red carpet portion of award shows, unless it’s the Oscars (only because I like movies).

Shown here is pair of amethyst and diamond drop-style earrings suitable for day or nightwear.

Shown here is pair of amethyst and diamond drop-style earrings suitable for day or nightwear.

Red carpet events give me substantial clues about what’s hot and what’s not, and what jewelry customers might be looking for or asking us to create for them during the coming months.

So far this season, some really glamorous and elaborate necklaces have appeared, but the main emphasis has been mostly on bare throats and the flash and sparkle of long, dangling earrings. Diamond eardrops are still the focus, but some daring ladies are showing up with colored gems such as turquoise paired with diamonds. And who could ever forget the huge emerald eardrops Angelina Jolie wore to the Oscars a couple of years ago? Paired with a matching emerald ring and her usual black dress, she was perfection.

Smaller eardrops are also perfect for daytime wear – colored gemstones, diamonds, whatever you like. What is important is the drop’s scale. As always, hoops of any size are great, whether diamond or metal without gems.

I am seeing a lot of sterling silver (the “affordable” gold) bracelet designs in the trade magazines, many with lacy filigree designs and sprinkled with small diamonds. Bangles of various sizes, whether silver or gold, look great stacked on the arm. Silver bangles with 14 or 18 karat gold accents are still a hot ticket, allowing a mix of metal colors. Yellow gold is once again making a strong comeback.

Anything goes with rings these days. It seems the bigger, the better, including huge colored gems – amethyst, blue topaz, lime quartz, etc. With or without diamond accents, these are going knuckle-to-knuckle in sterling silver or gold. Rose gold does continue to be a trend. Colored fancy diamonds are still strong, with yellow leading the pack.

And now, a bit of wisdom for men everywhere: as Valentine’s Day nears, you all should remember that flowers die and chocolate goes right to the hips, but jewelry is an enduring and endearing gift.

 

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