Colour is the new black

Fash­ion­istas are driv­ing the new sea­son gem­stone colours, says JAMES HAWKINS

Norfolk - - Valuations -

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.Š 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

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