Things are always moving and shaking in the jewelry industry. Designers work tirelessly to create new, exciting designs, expanding their lines and crafting new collections that will be noticed, worn and revered. This happens throughout the year, with a great number of pieces unveiled at Jewelry Market Week in Las Vegas.
Prior to this year’s show, June 3-6, 2016 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, we saw a refined, re-imagined extension of the John Hardy Classic Chain collection in the new Modern Chain. Boldly elegant, contemporary designs include men’s bracelets, in sterling silver, and silver with a gold clasp, that are produced with the centuries-old rentai (woven, in Balinese) technique, a hand-weaving process that can take several days. Supple chains and an innovative new link mark the women’s bracelets of the collection. Women’s jewelry has been embellished with gemstones, including white diamonds and black sapphires. Look for this latest addition this summer at select retailers, like J.R. Dunn Jewelers.
The travels of Italian jewelry designer Marco Bicego provide inspiration for new collections. The Masai collection, revealed at the jewelry industry’s premier event, is no exception, with the ornamentation of the African Masai tribe as muse. The new Masai pieces are another Marco Bicego collection in which hand-coiled strands of 18kt gold are a hallmark, following in the footsteps of the designer’s Goa and Marrakech lines. Rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings in cool white and warm yellow tones conform to the natural contours of a woman’s body. Pieces are available in all-gold and gold with pave diamonds. Widths run the gamut from slender to multiple rows. The collection is versatile, offering a beautiful look when pieces are worn singly or as a complement to each other or another Marco Bicego collection.