In late May, the who’s who of the fine jewelry industry gathered in Nevada, as they do every year, for one of the largest and most important jewelry tradeshows in the world — JCK Las Vegas. Featured on the program was Amanda Gizzi, director of public relations and special events for the trade association “Jewelers of America,” who predicted the important Fall 2014 jewelry trends…and looked beyond to 2015.
In addition to announcing 14 major jewelry trends, Ms. Gizzi presented the color palette for Fall 2014, concentrating on four Pantone colors as the top shades for the season: Aurora Red, Radiant Orchid, Royal Blue, and Sangria. She also shared red carpet trends and smaller trends that impact what women will be wearing this fall and winter including: pinky rings; hand chains; nontraditional rings and earrings such as ear climbers and wearing just one earring or non-matching earrings; and color drop earrings.
Ms. Gizzi declared that the trend of the year is the horse — or any jewelry that is equestrian-inspired (it is, of course, the Year of the Horse on the Chinese calendar). We’ll report separately on equestrian-themed jewelry, as we did last summer, in a future post. But for now, we bring you a behind-the-scenes look at the trends Ms. Gizzi shared with America’s jewelers at JCK Las Vegas.
“Jewelers of America” Fall 2014 Jewelry Trends:
Abstract minimalism: Clean lines, unfussy silhouettes, diamond pavé, pearl accents, high-quality materials, cutouts
- Movement jewelry: Jewelry that transforms, slight movements, clean lines, gold, platinum, earrings, loose links
- Graphic futurism: Minimalist, color blocks, triangles, interlocking motifs, cubist blocks, bold color
- Three-dimensional patterns: Digital inspiration, detailed patterns, cages, bold and vivid, curved, shaping
- Byzantine inspiration: Mosaics, multitudes of textures, sliced and raw stones, color variation, floral designs
- Modern royalty: Ribbon shapes, abstract shapes, pear shapes, drops, platinum, diamonds, gemstone heavy, modern pearls
- Confetti: Bold color, mix-and-match stones, perfectly imperfect, cabochon stones, pastel and primary colors, glowing stones, unusual stones
- Instant messaging: Uniquely personalized, clear messaging, charms, letters, cause related, alternative materials
Experimental nature: Shades of gray, technical floral, diamonds, white metals, reproducing nature, clean, innovative materials
- Prismaticity: Geometric prisms, one of a kind, rainbow, faceted cuts, glass, crystal formations
- Rococo fantasy: Historical references, 17th-century style, gold, floral, black and yellow, refined yet spectacular, shell-like cures, happy aristocratic
- Mysterious constructions: Asymmetrical silhouettes, ornate irregularities, liquid looks, rough stones, transformed daily objects, matte colors, soft yet bulky
- Mystic odyssey: Snakeskin, talismans, superstitious signs, mystical yet elegant, pyrite, dark and mysterious colors, but still beautiful and elegant
- Origami: Pleated surfaces, upcycling, layering, geometric models, angular cutouts, yellow gold, 3-D effects, lightweight, sustainability