Beth Bernstein is a senior editor at SmartWork Media.
Some great jewelry books are due out just in time for holiday for gift giving and for great finds for designers in antique, contemporary and fashion jewelry.
If I were a fine jewelry store owner, I would be thrilled with the diversity and choices in engagement and wedding rings. There is truly something for every type of bride and the designers/manufacturers who are creating styles with different cuts and natural colors of diamonds as well as colored gemstones are working with unbridled imagination, a little irreverence and a passion for offering today’s woman a style that will uniquely match her own.
I am surrounded by a variety of orchids each summer in my NYC apartment—each one more enchanting that the next.
There was a true nod to creativity at this years shows as designers pulled out the stops and delved deep into their imaginations to offer a small world of gems, motifs and inspirations from around the globe.
From the runways to the red carpet, ornamental handbags continue to make a statement, but this season, there are a growing number of jewelry designers who are adding both clutches and larger structured bags to their collections. Armenta rings in another year with exotic skin bags that have dual functions—one of my favorite at The Couture Show-- was a clutch that you can slide your fingers into and your hand also become accessorized. Kara Ross also has added to her line of embellished skin bags, which a women can mix and match with her stackable bracelets and stand out necklaces to pop an outfit.