Top 5 Jewels from Couture 2017
Jewelry Week in Las Vegas has come and gone for another year and now it is time to share all the new offerings.
With hundreds of designers and brands on The Strip between the various trade shows happening simultaniously, it's an annual challenge to see as many things as possible without completely overwhelming yourself. As always, however, there were a few pieces that really jumped out at me. And so, here are my top 5 from the Couture Show 2017:
Year after year I am continually impressed with the designs of Nikos Koulis and this show was no exception. Earlier this year he introduced the Lingerie collection, his first foray into pearls, and in Las Vegas debuted some smashing additions. However, the new Universe collection really stole my heart. Diamonds are suspended in translucent enamel as to appear floating on the wearer. It makes everyone look twice!
The designer Silvia Furmanovich introduced a marquetry collection last year, a technique where very skilled craftsmen press slivers of wood together to create beautiful patterns and images. Fortunately for those of us who loved the collection, she brought many more new designs this year! The volumous but light pieces are perfect for statement earrings and I was particularly taken with these green fans that are trimmed in diamonds and topped with tourmalines.
This year I was introduced to first-time exhibitor Saboo, a multi-generation Indian company now based in Hong Kong. One ring in particular leapt out of the showcase for me - a beautiful cabochon emerald that was inlayed on top of an Australian opal. The color of the emerald and the flashes of the opal create a lush harmony that I couldn’t look away from.
Normally it's a very, very large Paraiba tourmaline that steals the show in the Arunashi booth but this year it was the small details that did it. Every angle of this gorgeous ring has a special element to discover. A bit of opal here, a flash of titanium there - it’s a marvel from every vantage point.
And finally, I was really smitten by a new necklace from Suzanne Kalan. Using her signature baguettes, this icy shard-like statement piece is a fresh take on a big diamond necklace.