Colour is the new black
Fashionistas are driving the new season gemstone colours, says JAMES HAWKINS
THE BEAUTY of coloured gemstones has always captivated, but from the jewellery trade perspective the benchmark for seeing the latest trends usually starts with the fine jewellery trade event of Inhorgenta in Munich, closely followed by the British jewellery and watch trade event in Birmingham. It appeared that every designer and manufacturer has been influenced via the complete colour spectrum for the forthcoming season.
The latest inspirations came from the bright array of colours from both precious and semi-precious stones. The world’s leading fashion houses represented were rotating fashion designs around the jewellery and not the other way round. A leading fashion chain designer commented; “The tail has started to wag the dog”.
It is predicted that green will be a global colour for the summer; this would indicate that the emerald, tourmaline and peridot range will be popular. A leading British fashion house added the UK market is always dominated by blue. This would suggest that the spectrum of shades from sapphires, tanzanites, aquamarines and faceted tourmaline will be the prolific sellers for the cocktail ring market. The saying ‘blue wins hearts’ may continue to be true.
Big, bold and ubiquitous geometric styles coupled with statement pieces appear to be the fashionista’s must-haves for the season ahead. These often reflect the full spectrum of the colour chart in the form of multi-stone pieces of jewellery.
From the manufacturing side the jewellery industry is producing bright gem stone pieces including orange tourmaline, fire opals and red and cinnamon spinels. As a leading British manufacturer explained: “They’ve ripped up the rule book and anything goes.”
The gemstones are being shaped by the trade cutters into more interesting and rarer shapes like marquise, pear, emerald and baguette mixed with the more traditional brilliant round cuts to produce a varied range but in traditional styles.
At Juels Limited we are currently updating our New Line Jewellery range, set in 9ct and 18ct red, yellow and white gold, to reflect this new trend. Hopefully this may enable the glamorous ladies of Norwich to stay at the forefront of the fashion stakes. For more information on our New Line Jewellery range contact James on 01603 666373 for further information.
The jewellery industry is producing bright gemstone pieces including orange tourmaline, fire opals and red and cinnamon spinels
Above: Colour dominates the gem market this year
Below: Some of Juels’ jewels