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ITALIAN FINE JEWELRY MAKERS have a way of staying optimistic even in rough times.  Business was anything but brisk at the latest Vicenzaoro Exposition in Vicenza, Italy, but as designer Marco Bicego put it, “It’s time to keep true to your point of view, to stay creative.” His contention:

                               Jewelry is meant to evoke emotion.

 

“Fine jewelry has substance in its materials and precious stones,” added Fabio Macchitella, advertising manager for Leo Pizza, quoting what many other fine jewelry makers are saying that this is the time to emphasize jewelry as investment buying

 

An executive at Calgaro’s agreed, saying he wants to continue to make jewelry in the traditional artisan fashion.  “Gold is the only thing that is holding value.”

 

Right now, gold is pushing $1,000 an ounce, adding to the high-status impact of gold jewelry

 

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                                            Russia and Dubai     

 

Designer Roberto Coin, whose U.S. popularity star has been rising dramatically despite the economy, is keeping his eye on recovery.  “Even Russia and Dubai are having some problems,” he said.  “But the world will move on from this.” 

                           America has a beautiful way of coming back.

 

MANUFACTURERS ARE DEALING with the economy by moving more strongly into semi-precious stones, especially quartz and tourmaline.  They are also cutting back on the thickness of gold.

 

YOU CAN ADD THE RICHNESS OF SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES TO YOUR JEWELRY INVENTORY CONSIDER:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                        

                                             Luxury Touches

                       

Yellow gold is growing in popularity once again.  Textured gold surfaces, in place of shine, are big. Many manufacturers are moving more strongly into silver, some dotted with diamonds or semi-precious stones for a touch of luxury without the exorbitant price. 

 

                                         Asymmetrical Circles

 

Hollow, unevenly shaped gold rings with a thin layer of gold featured hammered or satin finishes at Calgaro. Small sprinkles of diamonds glittered from many Calgaro rings.  Chain bracelets featured asymmetrical circles. Necklaces featured irregular laser-cut citrons.

 

Overall, rings were important at this major fine jewelry show. Large cocktail rings featuring brown, white and champagne diamonds were standouts at Roberto Coin. The designer also offered very exciting diamond-encrusted bracelets in floral designs, saying:                

                            Women look good with one dramatic piece.

 

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         PERSONAL EXPRESSION JEWELRY AT JA NY SHOW

 

 

 

FINE JEWELRY SALES didn’t fare very well at the latest JA NY Winter Show, either. Many would-be buyers were cautious, noting that they still had inventory from the holidays on hand. Still, there were a number of directives worth noting for both fine and costume jewelry makers and buyers.

 

Charm bracelets were important, along with small gold charms. Architectural pieces in gold with strongly colored gemstones, such as tourmalines, led a directive toward interesting semi-precious gemstones. 

 

Even though gold is still the number one choice for fine jewelry sales, silver was big and obviously growing in importance. Among the notable items here were silver discs with engravings and initial necklaces.

 

“People are really into personal expression jewelry,” said Dana Merrick of Dana David of Middletown, New Jersey.

 

                                        Two-Metal Effects

 

SEEN AT MARGARET ELLIS at the Fragments booth was some very attractive hand-forged silver items with touches of gold giving them a rich, two-metal effect. The “silver with touches of gold” theme was repeated many times over by different manufacturers and is really something to pay attention to. The mix is an effective way of producing good looking jewelry designs with high apparent value but without a very high price tag. 

 

LOOK FOR THESE FABULOUS MIXED METAL DESIGNS:

 

 

 

 

  • Metal cuff bracelets with repeating spiral circles in mixed metal design of silver/gold plate.
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