I have not a had a chance to post this week! My intentions were to post Wednesday but it has turned out to be a very full week. After my day trip to NYC on Monday for the summer jewelry show it has been chaos, good chaos but…nonetheless. Needless to say, I have been stretched in several different directions.
On the other hand, I feel like summer has really arrived. I know I am late to the party but better late than never, no? Monday was a wonderful day but a whirlwind. I left the house at 5:45 a.m. and got home at 10:45 p.m. after having my first train breakdown in New Jersey, that was the bad news. The good news is I just got off the phone with Amtrak and they refunded that leg of the trip. Thank you Amtrak!!
I usually try to work in a little fun while I am in the city. I keep a list of all the museum exhibitions I want to see or new shops that I want to visit. I also usually go to either an old favorite or a new restaurant before I get on the return train. Unfortunately, this time there was no time for such pleasures, just a bag of pretzels as they were announcing that we needed to “evacuate the train” since the brakes were not working. What the heck? Since I spent the day on the west side, I did walk the Highline before I headed to Penn Station. We are having unusually fine weather here in the mid-Atlantic and it was a gorgeous day in NYC. I checked out what was new in the Chelsea neighborhood and paid a visit to the Standard Hotel which is quite lovely and that was the extent of my extracurricular activities. Here are some scenes from the Highline.
The jewelry world is changing and the show reflected that. The marketplace is different, it is everywhere and the competition is global. Consumers are dictating to retailers their wants and desires through social media and mobile devices. Retailers are scrambling to meet those desires. As online shopping continues to grow retailers have to respond by finding their own niche and voice. It is a brave new world. The next few years will be even more interesting as the brick and mortars strive to survive.
Here are a few of the trends that I see for the coming months.
Wide cuff bracelets are everywhere. Jeweled, not jeweled, costume or fine, they are worn alone or in pairs.
Extremely Piaget pink opal, turquoise and diamond openwork cuff bracelet.
Tubogas gold cuff bracelet. Tubogas refers to the style of spring gold banding, it is not a company name. Tubogas literally means “gas pipe”.
Muti-strand natural stone bead necklaces continue to be very popular and the current trend is to use unknown or little known gemstones. The gemstones are polished and tumbled as well as faceted. This trend has been solid for a few years now. Pendant necklaces small to large, combined with the layers of multi-length necklaces is one of the hot looks. Tribal and ethnic influences dominate. Being green is very popular with recycled gold, platinum and sterling being used as well as ethically sourced stones, a nod to a consumer’s wish list.
EvaNueva stone necklaces.
Gold is here to stay. Multi-toned gold (yellow, green, red, white, pink, you get the picture) is the buzzword with lots of texture and dimension. Heirloom pieces that have history are being layered with new, fresh pieces. Gold with natural elements such as stone or wood links are also everywhere.
EvaNueva amethyst and gold link bracelet.
EvaNueva ebony and gemstone rings.
Micheletto ebony and sterling bracelet.
Movement jewelry and jewelry that transforms is another big trend. For example fringe jewelry that ripples or bracelets that turn into rings or necklaces that can be worn as bracelets or headpieces. Women want to get the most out of their jewelry so they are looking for flexibility.
Jack Vartanian Diamond Fringe Bracelet
The serpent/snake trend continues. There are snake prints and python textures everywhere in the fashion world. Snake rings, bracelets, earrings are in lots of collections.
Amrapali Snake Ring
The gemstone slice and rough cut trend continues. The slice allows for a big look. It ‘s a little edgy, a lot irregular, it is not matchy matchy and the imperfection look is intentional. This goes back to our organic and tribal influence. This also makes jewelry more affordable although prices are moving up because of the look’s popularity.
Kimberly McDonald Bracelet.
The confetti or big, bold color look of mix and match stones, cabochons fitting together imperfectly is also very popular. This trend allows people to be pulled into color. Color speaks differently to everyone and thus, a huge trend.
Bhansali Soul Bracelets.
For the younger set, there is the instant messaging personalized jewelry of emoticon earrings, charms and pendants.
Emoticon 14 karat earrings.
By the way, if you are going to be in NYC anytime soon here are a few of the exhibits I planned on seeing. Some will close but guess what, something equally fabulous will take it’s place!
Gilded New York exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, ongoing.
Charles James: Beyond Fashion, it closes on August 10th and the Gary Winogrand Exhibit which closes September 21st, both are at the Met.
Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes, at the Museum of Modern Art, it closes September 23rd.
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Madeline, there is the exhibit Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans, at the New York Historical Society, it closes October 19th.
I missed the John Singer Sargent Watercolors exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum because it closed yesterday, July 28th the day I was in New York! I just could not get to Brooklyn!