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What’s in a story? Designer inside scoop 2016

Mia Huizenga

What’s new for 2016? We recently connected with three leading designers, sharing their take on upcoming trends and their own emerging creative directions.

Trend alert - watch for the story! The romance of the designer’s tale makes jewelry come alive. Clients crave this rich personal touch. They’re eager to share the magic of the designer’s creative process, to delve into their unique artistry. Millennials especially seek a meaningful personal experience. Jewelry’s not just mass-produced objects. It’s art. It’s an interactive process uniting designer and client.

Gems, Gems, Gems! Color is Hot for 2016

Stunning color! Look for it this year. This strong trend continues to flourish. We’ve asked cutting-edge designers what trends they’re seeing and they’ve spoken!

Frank Reubel, known for his clean, modern designs favored by the contemporary woman, weighs in. “2016 is all about color - vibrant colors. Clients are looking beyond the normal gemstones and into unique, rare, hard-to-find styles that really make a stand-out statement. We design one-of-a-kind pieces with stones that accent today’s modern woman.”

Supercharge Your Life

Strolling through the woods on a clear, crisp fall day, you’re surrounded by golden, crimson foliage. Shards of dappled light stream down from above. Vibrant, alive, your spirit soars. You’re inspired.

Supercharged moments offer glimpses of heightened awareness. Colors are more vivid. Our senses are super receptive, flooded in bliss. Suddenly we wake up, a new life breathed into us.

A Day in the Life - A Jewelry Blogger’s Perspective

Mia panel NovI recently had the opportunity to interview Katerina Perez, Editor-in-chief of katerinaperez.com, with 50,000 followers and expanding rapidly. Her cutting-edge fine jewelry-focused website reveals the importance of the emerging trend of the blogosphere where her deep passion and exuberance for all things gems and jewelry shines through. Based in London she travels the world seeking the ultimate in world-class high-end jewelry. In Part II of our article she shares her experiences of a top end jewelry blogger’s life.

Touring the Blogosphere

Mia Perez OctKaterina Perez, jewelry insider and explorer

Meet Katerina Perez, editor-in-chief of katerinaperez.com, garnering 50,000 followers and expanding rapidly. Based in London, she’s a fearless globetrotter, seeking the ultimate in world-class high-end jewelry. She recently was an award-presenter at the Couture show in Vegas and expert panelist at JCK Talks’ “Power of Blogging.” She regularly rubs elbows with top echelon jewelry editors and designers, highlighting top design and discovering and promoting emerging talent. Her cutting-edge fine jewelry-focused website reveals the importance of the emerging trend of the blogosphere where her deep passion and exuberance for all things gems and jewelry shines through.

Selling the Dream - The Couture Experience

Mia Sept BordiaWhen Oscar de la Renta passed away in October 2014 it signaled to some the end of an era. Trained by Balenciaga, having worked for the iconic couture houses Lanvin and Balmain before founding his own eponymous firm, he dressed the international elite from Jackie Kennedy to, most recently, Amal Clooney, George’s wife, designing her wedding gown. Some have argued that as an institution couture is past its prime.  But it sells a dream that’s very much alive and well.

What’s your Fantasy? New Trend Alert - Fantasy Jewelry!

Mia BullfinchesThere’s a fresh new wave coming and I’m all on board - Fantasy jewelry! It’s all about stretching the imagination, breaking the boundaries of perception, opening new vistas. You know that “wow” sensation when you see a piece that startles, excites and delights? “I’ve never seen that before. I’ve never even thought of that possibility!”

Cartier’s Nouvelle Vague, literally “new wave,” inspires with “free-thinking, joyful, playful and mysterious creations, seven creative universes” designed to celebrate the Parisian woman’s personality and her lifestyle (www.cartier.us/collections/jewelry/collections/paris-nouvelle-vague). Surprising bubble-like spherical rings and other edgy structural patterns with juxtaposed planes, unanticipated negative space, dangling and moving parts all push the envelope, challenging our expectations. Tiffany & Co.’s just released 2015 Blue Book, the Art of the Sea, also expands horizons with its fantastic swirling, fluid creations, bringing “the sea’s mythical creatures to life.” Francesca Amfitheatrof, design director, explains, “ I’ve woven the sinuous tentacles of the octopus into ribbon-like jewels of great fluidity and flexibility.” Amfitheatrof “sets Tiffany diamonds in electrifying motion - spinning in whirlpools, cascading in waterfalls and dancing like moonlight on the waves. Her jewels of colorful gemstones are equally dynamic - blossoming in undersea gardens and swirling like pebbles polished by wind and water.” (www.tiffany.com)