It wasn't all doom at the NY International Gift Show this week at the Javits Center. While recent reports from a lot trade shows were depressing more people I spoke to yesterday were pleasantly surprised. Perhaps expectations were set SO low that any news was good news but still and all, I spoke with designers who see this as a time for the good guys to "hold on" and treat their customers well and make smart, conservative choices in their business management. Odd statement for "artists" to make, huh? But these were sound, rational unpanicked conversations.
What a welcome relief!
Now don't get me wrong, no one was whooping it up but they weren't crying in their beers, either.
The retailers that attended (while small in number) seemed cautious but resigned to waiting it out. They expected to still be here in a year.
The trends I saw were:
- dark silver with light silver (as Gurhan has coined the look)
- bigger, open, airy silhouettes using minimal metal to create scale
- little touches of pearl or diamond or a gemstone to brighten up an all metal design
- hoops done in very creative ways and shapes
- small stack rings or big cocktail rings (even in silver, even with lowerpriced stones)
- even more sentimental, emotional, talismanic jewels with names, initials, spiritual sayings (while not "new" almost everyone said that was a bestseller right now)
- blackened details everywhere
- focus on natural elements, organic components, "green" jewelry and socially responsible products
- dark and light silver hoop earrings in adorable cut out shapes at Bree Richey
- antique lockets restrung, rehung and designed around by JustJules
- spinning rings and stack bracelets by Cynthia Gale
- giant checkerboard faceted rings in tiger's eye and all kinds of stones at Lori Bonn
- clear Conscious Jewels at Lori Bonn
- rose-cut colored diamonds at Jennifer Dawes
- polished silver amorphous shapes on a black cord by Somers Design
- rutilated quartz lozenges (and other stones) in gold frames on all kinds of necklaces by Ann Sportun
- the neverending array of personalized pendants at Heather B. Moore (the line just keeps going and going and gets better and better)
- Springtime colors of natural beryl at Saundra Messinger
Kathy Frey's gorgeous display and light and airy jewels