Must-see jewellery trends at IJL 2011

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Unmissable new designs with wild animals, bold neckwear and colour.

International Jewellery London (IJL) has revealed its must-see trends at this year’s show, with three key themes to keep an eye out for and to help you with your buying decisions.

With a focus on both fashion and fine jewels, the team behind IJL has put together their key trends for the 2011/12 season.

Wild Animals and Exotic Travels

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Jewels inspired by travel and far-away lands have filtered down from the catwalk to the bench, with several designers releasing new collections with an air of the wild, whether creatures or lost palaces. Alexander Davis (stand C10) will introduce his Typhoon Palace collection, based on a lost temple in Indonesia guarded by vicious baboons. Davis has said the collection is all from letting his imagination run wild, so keep an eye out for baboons climbing vines, and a ring designed to look like a lost temple, complete with gold vines growing up it, set with faceted gemstones.

Daisy Knights’ (stand D40) new collection, as featured in Professional Jeweller’s gallery yesterday, will pay homage to pirates and sea travel with a playful collection of rustic-feeling anchor jewellery, with bright coloured turquoise beads. Knights says she used her Dad’s love of boats and the raucous pirates from the Pirates of the Caribbean films as her basis for the range.

Newcomer Cabbage is King (KickStart stand C31E) will also show off its sculptural, quirky designs including its Space Cat pendant, and Nautilus necklace which plays on underwater travel.

Pop colour and rich gemstones

This year has been all about pop-colour, whether juicy gemstones shown off in the form of stacking rings or more elegant pieces such as emerald drop earrings, ubiquitous at this year’s Oscars, the trend is going strong. Cocktail rings have the hold of the market, with bright oranges and sea-blues making an impact this season.

Head to Andrew Geoghegan’s (stand E64) striking collection of fine rings, set with bright gems such as fire opal, peridot, rose quartz and aquamarine.

For more fashion-led jewellery, check out the striking gold vermeil and bright gemstone collections at SHO Fine Jewellery (stand E60) and Missoma (stand H18), where sweeping sea-inspired rings, evil eye friendship bracelets and serpents all feature.

For loose gemstones and strings of colourful faceted or cabochon beads, must-sees this year include AE Ward & Sons (stand J79), Marcus McCallum (stand J31), Joias (stand J61) and Marcia Lanyon (stand J51).

Bold neckwear

Growing in popularity and finally making their way into mainstream jewellery design, this year bold neckpieces are the forward-thinking look, whether glittering crystal-set sweeping chains as designed by Kleshna (C70) or the detailed, handmade collars crafted from gold plated nuts designed by newcomer Alice Menter (stand C95), there is certainly something for every style and every budget.

Babette Wasserman will also be in attendance this year with a selection of crystal pendants in rich autumnal hues such as moss green and ochre yellow. Look out for other underlying trends such as leather, chainmail, openwork lace and layered chains.

Vintage finds

Last but not least, IJL says that the vintage trend it still big. After Kate Middleton revived the sapphire and classic cluster design with her engagement ring, the jewellery world has followed suit and this year will see new vintage-inspired designs from fashion brands right through to fine platinum bridal collections at Domino (stand G131) and Fei Liu (stand G121).

There will be designs influenced by different eras and indeed countries, with Mishca (stand A49) launching its Rococo collection, inspired by 18th century French architectures, and silversmith Amy Keeper (KickStart C31A) stand unveiling her vintage postcard and photograph-inspired charm bracelets, pendants and earrings, alongside a range of pieces inspired by spyglasses.

Jersey Pearl (F81) pays homage to the 1920s with its Ritzy earrings and other Deco-inspired lines, with pearls being a key trend for the vintage theme this year. For fine jewellery, look out for clusters of diamonds, millgrain and delicate details such as engraving on the shanks of rings, as seen at Ungar & Ungar (stand H79) and Hans D. Krieger (stand G61).

 

Find the full list of International Jewellery London here.

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