Top Jewelry Trends from the Las Vegas Shows

By Jennifer Heebner, Guest Writer

The only thing hotter than the temperature in the Las Vegas desert were the new styles that debuted at the recently held jewelry shows! JCK LUXURY, JCK Las Vegas, and the Couture jewelry show were held at overlapping times between June 2–8 in Sin City, where some of the most significant jewelry in North America debuted to the trade. By fall, shoppers will be finding these pieces in stores. What can you expect to see? Here’s a peek at three looks you’re bound to love.

Convertible Jewelry

Convertible styles—pieces that transform to wear in multiple ways—were the most widely seen looks at the shows. Think two bracelets that unite to form a necklace, or a long necklace that can be worn as a lariat or belt.

For sure, versatility was on the brain at New York City–based design house Gumuchian, which added several convertible styles to its inventory. “We added more delicate motifs that lend themselves to everyday wear and to layering,” explains Jodi Goldsmith, the brand’s public relations and marketing director. Gumuchian’s newest offerings, made in 18k gold, can be worn six different ways.

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All the different ways to wear Gumchian’s convertible Carousel necklace.

Hexagon Silhouettes

Geometry has also been trending for several seasons, and diamond jewelry maker KC Designs, based in New York City, is as smitten with the angular effects as anybody. The brand introduced myriad hexagon shapes to its existing Mosaic jewelry collection of round brilliant and baguette-cut diamonds.

Tiffany Sabo, marketing and sales manager, says the pieces were well received because of the simplicity of the shapes, which are easy to “dress up or down.” Plus, fans like “the openness of the designs,” she says of styles that feature graphic and airy hexagon silhouettes.

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Hexagon-shape open ring from KC Designs.

Single and Mismatched Earrings

These were another standout among many designers, who offered them in both diamond and gemstone variations. The look speaks to the lover of fearless individuality who craves customization. The style? Earrings in pairs or multiples that aren’t identical and offer a brazen, uninhibited, and playful effect that celebrates character and self-expression.

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Mismatched earrings from Erica Courtney.

Have you been inspired by these three trends? Visit a credentialed American Gem Society Jeweler near you and they’ll help you find the look you love!

The AGS Suppliers’ Reception and Showcase

Each year during the American Gem Society’s (AGS) annual conference, Conclave, we feature an exclusive event called the AGS Suppliers’ Reception and Showcase. This special evening gives our supplier members the opportunity to showcase their incredible jewelry to their fellow AGS members, the AGS retailers.

What makes this event so special is when we do a showcase…we do it up right! This year, with the generous sponsorship of the bridal magazine, The Knot, our showcase featured 23 AGS members whose most gorgeous and luxurious jewelry was worn by models in wedding gowns.

This showcase is not open to the public, but we’d like to give you a special peek into the fashions and festivities that took place this year!

This showcase is not open to the public, but we’d like to give you a special peek into the fashions and festivities that took place this year!

Stay tuned for more images featuring our AGS members.

Visit an AGS-certified jeweler near you and ask them to show you some of their favorite designs. And if you have a special design in mind, do not hesitate to ask—they’ll be happy to find it for you or bring your idea to life!

3 Stone and Jewelry Trends from the 2017 Tucson Gem Shows

By Jennifer Heebner, Guest Writer

Like tourists to the Grand Canyon, thousands of people routinely descend on Tucson, Arizona, in the first quarter of every year. The reason? Gemstones!

An annual gathering of miners and cutters that is loosely dubbed the “Tucson Gem Shows” is the draw, with 40-plus individual fairs targeting largely professional buyers of rough and loose stones and some finished jewelry.

While some venues permit entry to consumers, the bulk of the shows exist to serve the business-to-business audience. As a longtime member of the trade, the American Gem Society secures entry to the toniest destination in town—the American Gem Trade Association’s GemFair Tucson, held Jan. 31 to Feb. 5—to find out what AGS member artisans brought for your favorite stores to buy.To wit, here are three trends that you can shop by fall.

To wit, here are three trends that you can shop by fall.

Colored gemstone halo style engagement rings. You’re accustomed to seeing all-diamond halo-style rings in stores, but colored stone merchants are getting in on this style game with their own vivid versions. Think naturally color-changing alexandrite melee surrounding purple spinel at OMI Gems, or multiple hues of fancy color sapphires. These options are fresh in terms of look and can also help contain costs, depending on the gems. “Young couples are really interested in color for engagement rings—and not just blue!” observes Kambiz Sabouri, president of Gem 2000.

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Ring with a purple spinel center stone and a halo of diamonds and alexandrite from OMI Gems.

Unexpected color combinations. From rare pink Mahenge spinels with Mozambique ruby to opals with tsavorite or mandarin garnet, there are no rules for robust and beautifully colored gem pairings. In fact, Royal India isn’t creating anything that could be considered a basic look anymore; instead, it is making one-of-a-kinds. “People are tired of being ‘dull,’” remarks CEO Vishal Kotahwala. Helping to grow the numbers of sui generis? Rare stones like Paraiba tourmaline. “Paraiba with anything is wonderful,” notes Sabrina Bindra, director of sales and marketing for B & B Fine Gems.

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Earrings with mixed colors of gemstones from Royal India.

Long necklaces for layering. Length remains a go-to for many fine jewelry-buying fashionistas. Versatility is one reason—heard of layering?—but so is a variety of materials. Long necklaces from pearl maker Mastoloni feature not just round or baroque shapes of South Sea pearls but also gemstone accents. And at Jye’s International, lightweight numbers, particularly 36-inch-long necklaces with rose-cut sapphires, are most in demand. “The younger generation loves to mix up their wardrobes with functional pieces,” says founder Jennifer Chang.

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Multi-strand necklace with rose-cut multi-color sapphires from Jye’s International.

Want to learn more about these gemstones and trends? Do you have your own designs in mind? Visit an AGS-certified jeweler near you and they’ll be happy to help you find the gems and look that’s right for you!

AGS Member Spotlight: Suna Bros.

By Randi Molofsky

Aron&JonWhen investing in a piece of fine jewelry, there’s no better choice than a brand with long, distinguished heritage that is known for exemplary craftsmanship and customer service. Enter New York-based Suna Bros., jewelers that do classics better than anyone else in a variety of styles featuring exceptional diamonds and colored gemstones. We spoke to Danielle Barber, Suna’s Director of Creative and Marketing, to find out why its collections, all made in New York City, are still so coveted after more than eight decades.

Suna Bros. has an over 80-year tradition and is a family business, how does that play into the day-to-day workings of the company?

Both Aron and Jonathan Suna are dedicated to the success of Suna Bros. They are involved, truly involved, in every facet of daily business. They’re in early, stay late and work in manufacturing, customer service, design, stone buying etc. Since every Suna piece is crafted in the workshop in our NYC headquarters, they’re often working with our master jewelers or discussing new styles with our designer. They’re also always accessible to Suna retailers, many whom have had long-standing relationships with them, and they’ll work directly with our clients on special orders or requests. It’s inspiring to see such a level of pride and dedication.

Suna is exceptionally great at creating classic, timeless settings. What are some of the most popular styles that the company makes today?

Aron and Jonathan’s father, Kenneth, started Suna Bros. specializing in finely made channel-set wedding bands. Created with that original, old-world aesthetic, these bands remain popular today. The quality is unrivaled: each is individually crafted from start to finish with beautifully hand-cut azures and hand-set diamonds. Classics! Our platinum and pavé diamond styles are perennial favorites as well, especially one ring in particular with 2.20cts. of diamonds.

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You must have a great jewelry archive!  Are there any specific pieces that have been made for many years?

Absolutely, but one piece in particular comes to mind: the Suna starfish. For over 40 years, our small pavé starfish pin has rode the wave of top selling items. It’s become a Suna icon.  We’ve since added complementary larger and smaller pins, pendants and earrings, but the entire starfish collection is based on that one piece.

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Big, rich colored gemstones are back and more popular than ever. Which are you loving right now?

We are loving color!  The Suna spectrum has been shining with all kinds of gems. We’re especially enamored with tourmaline and its amazing palette. We love them all: paraiba, African paraiba-types, rubellites, greens and incredible pinkish peach hues. It’s impossible to choose a favorite.

Tell us about your Couture collection – is there a recent piece or one that’s being made that you can share with us?

We’re building more and more upon our color collection of one-of-a-kind styles. One gem in particular stands out: a gorgeous 12-plus carat cushion-shaped, African paraiba-type tourmaline. It is a magnificent gem. We’re hoping to finish a ring by the end of May, just in time for Couture, the most exclusive U.S. fine jewelry trade show of the year that takes place in Las Vegas!

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