Professional Jeweller met with more than 40 jewellery brands at BaselWorld but when it comes to picking our favourite jewels, well, things get a little tough. However, here we present a selection of the pieces that caught our eye, from cocktail rings - such as this Sutra Jewels pink opal and brown diamond design - to delicate gold designs and some 1970s inspiration.
We love colour here at PJ, so the new additions to Brumani's Baobab and Looping Shine collections were very memorable. The fresh designs were more delicate in their realisation with price points to match, but never faltering on the impact of colour and the elegantly random way that its stones are set.
Travelling from Brazil to take part in BaselWorld is commendable in itself, but the new Russia collection by Carla Amorim definitely won our applause. With pieces inspired by architecture and nature - Amorim's signature themes - the range paid homage to St. Basil's cathedral, the Russian ballet and sunflowers. We adored the lavender spinel Iceberg earrings.
Barcelona-based brand Cervera hand-makes everything on site in the Spanish city. This year is introduced fine gold designs inspired by Catholic rosary beads. Stacking bracelets are still a big trend for 2014 but Cervera's version, the Twisted gemstone bracelets, were easy to wear with subtle touches such as the brand's signature teardrop-shaped charm.
When it comes to commercial design with elegance we know the Italians do it best. Enter Annamaria Cammilli, a brand making a push in the UK with its collection of jewellery presented in six colours of gold specially alloyed for the brand. Its Dune Ballet rings, pictured, are one example of its easy-to-wear diamond-set designs ready to take the UK mid-market by storm.
Oh Marco Bicego. When you are not wowing us with your one-of-a-kind Unico collection of sliced sapphire jewels - still a big hit at BaselWorld 2014 - you are catering for more women than ever with the introduction of lighter gold designs that still pack plenty of punch. These Murano Diamond drop earrings tap nicely into the emerging jewellery trend for 1970s-inspired designs, with a soft rectangular shape and the brand's signature brushed finished texture.
French jewellery house Messika certainly led the way this year when it came to trend-driven fine jewellery. Its 18ct white gold collection welcomed a number of new additions for 2014, including the Artemis chain ring, part of its Glam'Azone line. Messika also unveiled chunkier gold collections with baguette and round brilliant diamonds, and a range created in homage to Elizabeth Taylor.
Drawing crowds from around the world, Ole Lynggaard told Professional Jeweller it was receiving more overseas interest than ever, with enquiries from as far afield as Rio. Its jewels were of course the main attraction, with the Danish company never afraid to colour clash and mix-and-match. Its Vintage colourway - hues of amethyst, chalcedony and coral - caught our eye, as did the presentation of its Sweet Drop pendants on chains and coloured threads.
When it comes to costume jewellery, BaselWorld might not seem like the obvious choice to discover new brands. Nevertheless, standing out from the crowd in 2014 were Ops Objects, a kitsch Italian company that has turned the classic Tiffany-style heart bracelet on its head, transforming it candy-coloured silicone with floral and polka dot printed designs. We also loved its coin collection of pendants that offered collectability.
Picchiotti's fine jewellery demands plenty of attention, and its signature Rose collection was its star this year, being once again transformed for a new year at BaselWorld. A sizeable white diamond ring was presented adorned with a central oval emerald - a colour that added freshness to the range.
Stephen Webster has become a go-to designer for coloured jewels with plenty of edge. Of course, that doesn't mean he can't do commercial. Among new collections presented at the show was the Lady Stardust range which, inspired by Ziggy himself, boasted some serious gem cuffs with graduated coloured stones and diamonds. The collection also featured this pretty zigzag necklace in 18ct rose gold. A great, wearable piece.
OK, so we know this is a watch, but when a single man makes it his mission to collect hundreds of exquisite coloured diamonds over the space of many years, solely for the purpose of creating what has been dubbed the world's most expensive watch, then a mention is certainly deserved. Yes, Graff wowed BaselWorld guests this year with the Hallucination timepiece, a watch consisting of a kaleidoscope of more than 110cts of extremely rare coloured diamonds, fitted together over thousands of hours to make a piece of functional wrist candy like no other.
More nudes and peaches - this time from British designer Rodney Rayner, who continues to fly the flag with his intricate, pave-set collections. The Via Roma collection, shown here with peach moonstone, had an organic edge that nicely contrasted the sharper shapes and angles of other brands.
Roberto Coin also showcased collections that nodded to the 1970s, using highly coveted black jade for simple rings, stud earrings and long sautoirs such as this jade and diamond design. The brand also presented pieces in its ready-to-wear collection with prices from EUR1,500.