Whether they traveled to New York, Tucson, or other venues across the country, retailers who shopped the first trade shows of the year were on a mission. More precisely, their clients sent them on a mission. Their task: to find great new twists on classics in different, textured metals or warm colors; to locate yellow and white diamond jewelry that looks more expensive than it is; and to stock up on fun items that can be personalized or send a sentimental message (such as conveying the love of a bride or a doting grandmother or a purring kitten).
Some favorites were carryovers from fall 2006 collections, indicating that they continue to have a life beyond a season or two. Case in point: Browns continue as one of the hottest trends from bronzed pearls to smoky gemstones, even brown gold. Warmer colors in the form of yellow gold or yellow diamonds also remain strong. Consumers crave the look but get especially excited when they find “expensive” looks at affordable price points.