By Ashley Davis
New York—Stocking up for the busiest time of the year—the winter holidays—retail jewelers have their tried-and-true fine jewelry staples ready to go: the diamond studs, the simple pendant, the stacking rings.
But where to direct design-conscious consumers buying something for themselves, or the gift-giving spouse who has exhausted the jewelry staples over the years?
A heart motif is hardly new, but its latest iteration is different from hearts past in that it’s no longer sickly sweet but modern and cool.
Designers are applying their own signatures to the heart to make them uniquely and recognizably theirs.
Irene Neuwirth uses flat gold in a brushed finish to showcase exquisite gemstones, making each iteration one of a kind. Arman Sarkisyan, meanwhile, incorporates his signature hand-engraving and mix of 22-karat gold and oxidized sterling silver to craft heart-shaped lockets.
Yeprem’s take on hearts is totally true to the brand, rendered in a maximalist array of diamonds for a red-carpet worthy pendant, while emerging brand Imperfect Grace’s textured signet is a perfect everyday fine jewelry staple.
The resurgence of enamel in the last five years has exhibited considerable staying power, showing a demand from consumers. More contemporary designers are jumping on the bandwagon, livening up their best-selling styles in new colors or coming up with new ranges devoted to the material altogether.
This is a great trend in which to invest in some classic styles, like Melissa Kaye’s sophisticated hoop earrings or an easy-to-wear Bleecker and Prince enamel pendant from the line’s new enamel and inlay collection.
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