Jewelry Trends for 2013

Article by: Joseph Denaburg

As reported from Tucson, red, pink and lavender spinel colors drew much attention at its 2013 Gem and Mineral Show, although blue sapphires still seem to lead the market. Natural and cultured pearls also attracted the buyers’ attention.

The launch of the first Los Angeles Antique, Jewelry and Watch Show, hosted by US Antique Shows, occurred in March of this year. All eras of jewelry history from the Renaissance to Art Deco were represented. Also featured were pieces previously owned by celebrities and royalty, some of which were signed.

As always, Miami Beach served as the site for a variety of shows, including the International Contemporary Jewelry Fair, which presented jewelry as a “collectible art form.” Levy’s Fine Jewelry enjoyed a very successful visit to the Original Miami Beach Antique Show.

The Jewelers of America (JA) previewed its 2013 jewelry trends last summer and its list included statement necklaces and earrings, unique colored gemstones, sterling silver pieces, big and bold pearls, and “beyond-bridal” platinum.

How does this stack up against other predictions?

From JCK, the expectations for 2013 include emeralds, subtle drop earrings, black & white, i.e., diamonds and white topaz with cool colored stones (colorless rock crystal, black spinel, onyx), snakes and serpent jewels, drusy (flat-backed, crystal dusted mineral), cabochons (vibrant colored gemstones), hair ornaments, and estate jewelry, including wedding sets, fine gemstones and period looks.

And from our own Jared of Levy’s Fine Jewelry, the list includes estate diamonds for recut; big, bold chunky jewelry w/ large stones in yellow and rose gold circa 1950s-1980s; Victorian and art nouveau; original antique and estate engagement rings, and signed designer pieces.

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