Four days in Las Vegas has afforded me the time to discover some truly wonderful pieces of jewelry, both new and old. Splitting my time between the Couture Show and the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show, I explored the collections of over 700 exhibitors and saw some seriously special creations.
Of course, gold jewelry remains ever popular in both the antique and contemporary sectors of the industry, and I’d like to share my favorite finds from the shows.
Though I spent very little time at the antique jewelry show, I was able to spot a handful of beautifully designed gold jewels and timeless classics.
Indian-style diamond and 18k earrings from the Antique Jewelry & Watch Show
A ruby and 18k yellow gold necklace by Hemmerle from the antique show. The design is late 20th century and older than Hemmerle’s newer pieces, but the craftsmanship is still without equal.
Always a classic, this Verdura Maltese Cross cuff with 18k yellow gold, ruby, sapphire, diamond, pearl and black jade, circa 1970, is beautifully made and is a true cuff – no hinge like the newer designs.
A fun, casual twist on the classic gold link bracelet, I fell in love with this Cartier Pretzel braced made of 14k rose and green gold, circa 1940.
I gushed over this adorable enamel and 18k yellow gold Hidalgo bracelet comprised of elephant-designed links.
Over at the Couture show, the leading designers and jewelry brands brought their best for the industry to ooh and aah over.
Fred Leighton celebrated the Year of the Horse by showcasing this apropos 18k yellow gold horse bangle bracelet and match ring by Hermès
Fresh from the celebrity coiffures of Lupita N’yongo and Olivia Munn, who wore these pieces to the Oscars and Met Gala, respectively, this 18k gold and diamond headband and separate brooch were instant favorites at Fred Leighton.
Also a part of Lupita N’yongo’s Oscar-winning jewelry ensemble, these 18k yellow gold and rose cut diamond earrings inspired Fred Leighton to create a whole new collection of earrings embracing the rose-cut diamond.
Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry introduced a new collection this year inspired by the skyline of Manhattan. This Deco-style bracelet made of 18k yellow gold and diamonds from the Empire collection harkens back to the 1920s era and the linearity of the Big Apple’s iconic Empire State Building.
Joining the ‘say it in jewels’ trend is Paul Morelli, who introduces a customizable line of 18k gold and gem-set bracelets that can be specially ordered to express your favorite thoughts or expressions.
Mimi So expanded her Bow collection with mini-bow between-the-finger rings in a number of colorful creations. My favorite combo, however, is the 18k rose gold and diamond pairing.
The brand Henry Dunay is coming back in full force with a new collection inspired by the designer’s most recognizable designs and distinct style. This exquisitely made 18k yellow gold and diamond bamboo bracelet was just one of my many favorites from the new creations.
This colorful trio of cocktail rings set in Henry Dunay’s signature yellow gold setting fully embraced the designer’s aesthetic in a 21st century jewel.
My absolute favorite jewels by Henry Dunary are his whimsical brooches, and this beautiful 18k yellow gold, diamond and carved emerald caterpillar from the new collection surely does not disappoint.
With a 70’s vibe and vibrant color, my eyes were instantly drawn to this lapis lazuli, yellow gold and diamond statement necklace from the new Henry Dunay collection.
She may be best known for her colorful opal jewels, but Irene Neuwirth developed a new series of precious gemstone jewels, like this stunning tourmaline, indicolite, aquamarine and tanzanite necklace with a rose gold chain.
Holly Dyment brings her unique style to her enamel, yellow gold and gem-set rings that depict anything from brightly colored skulls and funky lips to specially commissioned stylized portraits of friends and icons. This ring in the likeness of Cameron Silver of Decades in L.A. and another in the shape of lips with a ruby drop of red wine were top picks for me.
Sorellina’s caged butterfly bracelet is a meticulous study of the detailed creations precious jewelry can become. My heart was a-flutter with this dreamy piece of jewelry.
Anthony Lent showed for the first time this year at Couture and his jewelry certainly shined brightly. The amount of detail hidden throughout his pieces is nothing short of astounding, from back to front you’ll find a hidden gold snail here or a little face there. These earrings, with diamonds in the front and cabochon sapphires in the back, are a wonderful example of how thoroughly designed his jewelry is. Bravo to Anthony Lent!
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