JA Javits New York Jewelry Show: All that Glitters, The Top Fabulous Trends

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Beauty and the best. Image: Cristinasabatini.com.

The JA Jewelry show, held at the massive, glass enclosed Javits Center in New York City is the largest jewelry trade show organized on the East Coast. This means that only jewelry retailers or those artisans and designers that create jewelry for sale can make purchases. So this show is not open to the public. Not to worry, your intrepid luxury journalist was on the scene for you. Now I can report to you all of the hottest looks and must-have designs in the world of gems and jewelry.

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Number one trend alert? Color. From high jewelry to fashion and trend styles, color is the big news in the jewelry market. Magnificent fire opal cradled in a striking diamond setting by David Kord.

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Boo hoo. This poor model missed the show. No need to cry when she’s covered in the latest full spectrum of multi-hued diamond and fancy gemstone cocktail rings by Hasbani Gioielli, based in Milan.

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Trend alert number two: opals. Opals in all colors, from milky, luminous pearly white to deep, beguiling ocean blue, to vibrant multihued fire opals. Brilliant diamond and opal earrings by David Kord, one of the industry’s most prestigious colored stone brands.

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Trend alert number three: rich, green emeralds, seen everywhere. 13.44ct Natural Zambian cushion cut emerald,
pink sapphires and light yellow marquise shaped diamonds create this breathtaking ring, by Nouriely Jewels, based in New York.

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Exceptional diamond ring in an elegant swirly motif, Nouriely Jewels.

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Impressive diamond pendant choker, an heirloom to pass down. Nouriely Jewels.

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Contemporary square motif diamond ring by Nouriely Jewels.

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Gold reigns supreme in thick chains and graceful bracelets, by Phillip Gavriel.

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Everyday luxury. Sterling silver, gold and colorful gemstones are crafted to fashion these up-trending bangles. Phillip Gavriel.

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Coordinated set of heavy sterling silver links by Phillip Gavriel. This is trend alert four: massive, bold chain links that make a major statement.

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Men’s dog tag necklace and bracelets sparkle with added gems. Phillip Gavriel.

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Richly textured sterling and gold men’s chain link bracelet. Phillip Gavriel.

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A rainbow of semi-precious stones. Glorious earrings by Phillip Gavriel.

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Happy rainbows, stars and a diamond embellished moon. A cheerful pendant necklace of dreams. Phillip Gavriel.

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Lustrous gold honeycomb bangle studded with diamonds. Phillip Gavriel. Yes, please.

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Trend alert five: bigger is better. Necklace fashioned with cloisonné enameled beads the size of a robin’s egg. Oriental Arts Company. Image source: author.

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Bold statement necklaces in every imaginable color of semi-precious stones. Oriental Arts Company. Image source: author.

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Trend alert six: love. Any way you say it or wear it. Black and white diamond bracelet by ComeTai, based in Hong Kong.

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You can never have enough love. White diamond bracelet by ComeTai.

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Layers of shining 18K gold filled chokers by Mia Jewels.

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Evil eye jewelry is trend alert seven. From fashion to fine jewelry, this charm continues to be incredibly popular. Protect yourself from the stray malevolent glare with this talisman which dates back to the 6th century BC. (Some things never change.) Mia Jewels.

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Here’s trend alert eight. Enamel, in every colorway, which ties in with trend alert one, the power of color. Mia Jewels.

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These simple, boldly colored enamel chains were seen at many fashion booths at the Javits show. They are inexpensive and will add a pop of color to any outfit. Mia Jewels.

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A buyer admiring a display at the show. Image source: author.

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The Taka Jewellery booth was super busy. This brand sells reasonably priced diamond merchandise and is based in Singapore. Image source: author.

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Friendly salesgirl of Divine Jewels, based in New York and Jaipur, India. Image source: author.

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Vibrant red floral bracelet by Divine Jewels.

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Lovely traditional Kundan design choker, Divine Jewels.

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Traditional Indian necklace of silver pendant and colorful cotton thread. Divine Jewels.

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Fanciful antique bird bangle in painted enamel and silver. Divine Jewels.

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Miles of strands of iridescent freshwater pearls, piled upon table after table, in every color you can imagine. Pearls are trend alert nine. Image source: author.

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Shimmering pearl flowers in every color. Image source: author.

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A smorgasbord of stunning loose tourmaline gemstones. Why do we love this gem? Tourmalines have the widest color range of any gemstone…which brings us back to you-know-where; trend alert one. Image source: author.

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Whew! Running up and down the aisles searching for the hottest trends at the Javits Center is tiring work. So it’s time for a refreshing mimosa. Thank goodness Cristina Sabatini, the ever gracious jewelry designer creates a welcoming environment for her buyers. Image source: author.

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Stunning jade and black crystal zipper necklace and earring set. Cristina Sabatini.

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Meant to be seen. Bold crystal fringe earrings and statement cocktail rings. Cristina Sabatini.

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Ladylike freshwater pearls dangle on a golden chain. Cristina Sabatini.

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Dramatic silk flows through a sculptural 18K gold plated bronze necklace. Cristina Sabatini.

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Inventive design. Silk is twisted through this elegant, amorphous ring, creating a playful blend of textures. Cristina Sabatini.

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Resplendent in black crystals and creamy pearls. Cristina Sabatini.

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All out glamour. The Cristina Sabatini jewelry brand is based in New York.

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Topaz and diamond earrings by Olivia B Jewelry.

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Eye-catching 14K gold “flying saucer” earrings. Olivia B Jewelry.

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Dainty pink tourmaline necklace. Olivia B Jewelry.

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Enchanting carnelian and citrine set by Olivia B Jewelry.

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Moonstones in shades of lush earth tones. Karin Jamieson Jewelry, handcrafted in Cincinnati.

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Nappa leather wrap bracelet with citrine charm by Karin Jamieson, whose artisan jewelry is inspired by nature.

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Chocolate diamond bead Aquaprase shield pendant necklace, Karin Jamieson. Recently discovered in 2016, Aquaprase is a new arrival to the world of colored gemstones. The translucent stone features a blue-green color reminiscent of the Mediterranean Sea.

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Hand stitched gemstone bracelets in a celebration of rainbow colors by Park & Lex Jewelry, based in New York.

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Shades of the zodiac. Gemini bracelet by Park & Lex Jewelry.

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Beaded gemstone bracelet with a touch of gold. All jewelry by Park & Lex is produced in New York City.

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Carnelian drop earrings by Park & Lex.

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Stunning, untreated Burmese jade carved butterfly with diamonds by Lings Jewelry of Plano, Texas. This piece was priced at $25,000.00 wholesale at the show. Image source: author.

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Yellow gold pyramid ring by Hasbani Gioielli S.p.A. of Milan.

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Majestic ruby and diamond flexible bracelet, Hasbani.

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Heart shaped emerald surrounded by breathtaking diamonds. Ring by Hasbani.

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Regal coral, gold and diamond bangle by Hasbani.

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Enchanting interlocking hearts pendant of diamonds and gold by Hasbani. (See trend alert six.)

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The choicest pearls are selected for this precious bracelet, fashioned with 18K yellow gold and diamonds. Hasbani.

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Opulent emerald and diamond waterfall earrings by Hasbani.

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Cabochon coral stones are set with diamonds in a wide cuff bracelet by Modern Moghul, a handmade jewelry brand based in Jaipur, India.

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Trend alert ten: charms and talismans, which people have been wearing since time immemorial. Striking sapphire and enamel eye set with gold vermeil and turquoise. Modern Moghul.

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Outstanding ring of a baroque pearl encased in diamond tendrils. Modern Moghul.

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Festive multi colored tourmaline and diamond earrings fashioned into a bold triangular design. Modern Moghul.

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A sensuous, undulating wave of sapphires, rubies and diamonds is crowned with a row of cabochon opals to form this unique bracelet. Modern Moghul.

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Part fantasy, part sculpture, this whimsical bird in his nest ring is by the creative Elvinnia Brion.

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Four finger ring of swallows taking flight by Elvinnia Brion.

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Treasure chest ring filled with jewels! A must-have piece for every collection. Elvinnia Brion.

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The two finger sushi ring by Elvinnia Brion.

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Blue swan embellished with cascading beadwork ring. Elvinnia Brion.

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Andjani Yapong Dance. Glorious handcrafted shawl-necklace in the Indonesian tradition. Hand drawn batik fabric, embroidery, dancing figure pendant. Elvinnia Brion.

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Andjani Lumbung. Stunning shawl-necklace of handcrafted batik fabric, gold plated filigree, engraved silver, pearls and gemstones. Elvinnia Brion.

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A masterful Andjani Borobudur shawl-necklace. Hand drawn silk batik, gold filigree, pearls, druzy and tiger eye gemstones. By Elvinnia Brion.

Hope you enjoyed the Javits New York Jewelry Show, where we are treated to the most fabulous jewelry from around the globe. See you for the next show!


Diane Weisbeck

Diane Weisbeck is a native New Yorker. A luxury lifestyle content writer, Diane was a retail buyer for Lord & Taylor’s flagship store, a product design/developer for Saks Fifth Avenue’s corporate office and a Director of Retail for major museums and high end retailers. She assists global luxury brands with their marketing and brand strategies and is also a Fair Trade corporate art consultant.

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