Following three days perusing the halls of Baselworld, Professional Jeweller editor Stacey Hailes has identified three jewellery trends from this year’s show.
While the list of jewellery trends emerging from this year’s Switzerland-based trade show is quite a large one, here are three highlights:
This year global authority on colour, Pantone, announced ‘Greenery’ at the colour of the year. While the Pantone colour itself is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade, it was green in general which emerged again and again on the stands at Baselworld, alongside nods to the symbolism of nature the colour evokes. Green shades completely varied from vibrant emerald-centred pieces, to playful freen enamelling and experiments with gemstones such as jade and chrysoprase. On the nature side of things – floral motifs continued to shine this year, while butterflies had noticeably inspired many designers creating pieces for this year’s show.
Earrings have been enjoying a revamp over the last couple of years, with the rise of new, trend-driven ear pieces such as ear climbers, jackets and multiple piecing. At this year’s Baselworld it appeared many jewellery brands were going back to the roots of the earrings – the classic stud – and making them large, statement pieces. Studs in this trend included gemstone-centred designs, architectural diamond details and enamelled motifs on based metal colours.
Baselworld has always been a place where jewellery brands could really express themselves and push the boundaries of design, and this year was no different. Walking around the halls it was hard not to smile at the site of gemstone-adorned pigs, emojii designs and a panda wearing a blue cap. Boundaries were certainly pushed this year, with Roberto Coin launching exclusive playful jewels – with pieces including a roaring lion and a morganite adorned with a caterpillar and lady bugs – and de Grisogono unveiling a whole range entitled ‘Crazymals’ – a team of charasmatic motifs, which pay homage to Palm Springs.