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Friday, June 16, 2017

The Top Jewels and Designers At The 2017 Couture Show


If I could I would spend four days of my time in Las Vegas during jewelry week at The Couture Show. It’s become the best show in terms of the quality of pieces and the most enjoyable in terms of the overall comfortable, informal yet luxurious environment. This year I had two days and it just wasn’t enough time to see all of the quality designers. So this list of 26 jewels is among the best I saw at the show but there were certainly much more to see.


New York-based designer, Coomi, presented an exceptional offering of jewels ranging from traditional high jewelry pieces to a special collection based on an historic piece of architecture to items made with objects from antiquity. In many ways it was typical of what Coomi produces each year at Couture but this year the artistry and creativity was prolific. The items on display included a collection of beautiful, sea-blue paraiba tourmalines set in 20k white gold and paired with diamonds.


An extremely rare and very large natural saltwater pearl from the Melo Melo sea snail. The 23.8 x 23.3 x 23.1 mm, “non-nacreous pearl” is set in an 18k rose gold and diamond pavé bezel enclosure. It is valued at well over $700,000, says the pearl house, Assael, which presented this and other sea treasures at its booth.


The David Webb brand made its first appearance at Couture, featuring new and period pieces that combine materials, colors and themes.


The Atoli (atolls) pendant necklace Antonini. An 18k yellow gold oval with delicate curves surrounds a circle of diamond pavé over rough textured white gold that enhances the sparkle of the diamonds.


Spectacular blue opals and azurite (rarely used in jewelry) mounted on gold and surrounded by assorted gems is the latest collection from the dreamlike world of Lydia Courteille.


To celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2017, Picchiotti created “L’Anfiteatro,” an 8.05-carat ruby ring inspired by a classic amphitheater.


French designer, Elie Top, unveiled a new collection of elaborate two-sided pieces based on astrology and other celestial imagery called, “Cosmogonie secrete” (Secret Cosmogony).


The House of Garrard brought some of its high jewelry to Couture including this statement diamond and ruby necklace.


Mother of pearl earrings by Goshwara.


The unusual ametrine stone, a mix of amethyst and citrine, used for a pair of earrings by John Hardy.


Designer Lisa Nik introduced her own “kite”-shaped gemstones at Couture.


Paraiba tourmaline and opal cuff by Saboo Fine Jewels.

Sterling silver with the look and feel of swirling twigs enhanced with golden leaves and white diamond tips make up this organic and artistic cuff by Michael Aram


A 22k gold locket with oxidized silver and diamonds by Arman Sarkisyan.


A bracelet featuring an opal owl surrounded with multi-colored gems by Wendy Yue.


Round precious materials inside golden cages is the premise behind Yael Sonia’s geometric inspired perpetual motion collection.


The Plumage three-finger ring by Stephen Webster in 18k white gold, white rhodium plating, marquise shape emeralds 4.58ct and white diamond pavé.


Three fluid 18k yellow gold bands connect and topped with six brilliant round diamonds in the Whirl Ring by Carelle.


White gold star clusters set with white diamonds by Colette.


Fabergé Emotion ring made with multi-colored sapphires, white diamonds, rubies, tsavorites and emeralds, set in 18k yellow gold.


Sterling silver with the look and feel of swirling twigs enhanced with golden leaves and white diamond tips make up this organic and artistic cuff by Michael Arman.


Pearl-centric designer, Mizuki, presented creative ways to match her multi-colored and –shaped pearls with gems and diamonds.


The jewelry brand, Noudar, uses Arabian themes and influences in its jewels, including its popular lace-like gold chokers in several colors.


A three-layer cluster diamond necklace with matching ring by Qayten.


18k gold with white and black diamond pavé with three center diamonds are used for Sara Weinstock’s Veena Shield pendant.


A bracelet in topaz and white gold in a signature design by Selim Mouzannar.


Anita Ko necklace using two rows of diamonds, each row with a different shape.

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