We just got back from the year’s biggest jewelry show in Las Vegas, where we stock up on baubles that come in from now until Christmas. When we say big, we mean BIG. Designers come from all over the world, bringing their best and brightest every June for us to find and deliver home to you.
The overall trend that we couldn’t get enough of this year was about getting back to basics. Pieces with rough, organic stones that look like they were freshly hewn from Mother Earth, finished prettily with diamonds, create the perfect blend of earthy, polished, and wearable. Here are our four favorite stone trends from this year’s show:
1. Blue Opal
Any which way you looked at the JCK show this year, you saw blue opals. And it’s no wonder as to why- these dreamy, marbled blue beauties left our jaws on the floor. When light hits these stones, the play of color creates a kaleidoscopic effect that will grab your attention and won’t let go.
2. Diamond Slices
Initially disregarded for their coloring or having inclusions, diamonds that were once considered undesirable have had new life breathed into them by designers. Slicing these rough, uncut stones allows you to see the fascinating pattern of inclusions while maintaining the original shape of the stone, allowing us to appreciate the inherent natural beauty of these stones.
You might not believe in the power of crystals, but you will believe that geodes are the perfect accessory when you see some of the stunners we brought home. The jagged, organic beauty of the geodes, which are then rimmed in diamonds, are boho chic personified.
4. Ugly Pearls
We call them ugly, but ugly they are not. Designers are severely deviating from the traditional round pearl and we couldn’t be more pleased. Gnarled, twisted, and absolutely gorgeous, “ugly” pearls are downright funky. This is a pearl as nature intended, a wild beauty that celebrates life’s imperfections.