Show me the money: The Jewellery Show 2012
Pandora, Ti Sento and Trollbeads will be ports of call for retailers at the show but they aren’t the only brands tipped to have tills ringing in 2012
Floral is going to be a big trend for 2012 if Kit Heath creative director Yasmin Moss is to be believed. While last season some designers focused on the darker side of nature, this year brings a return to that British classic the rose, though Kit Heath has reinterpreted it in a more geometric rather than literal fashion. Clusters of rose heads form details on bracelets and necklaces, while the geometrics come through on a statement bangle formed from circles (pictured). The colour palette is very Burberry spring 12, with emphasis on teals and purples.
Owing to the rocketing price of metals, silver is now a desirable commodity. This has led to a rise in the number of brands treating it with respect and creating design-led silver pieces that look good without the hefty price tag. Viventy is one of this new guard; it only launched in the UK last year and its 2012 collections look set to be as strong as the first. At The Jewellery Show, Viventy will be launching its new precious Sting-Ray range, as well as additions to the regular collection.
Only if you lived in a cave in the Outer Hebrides could you not have noticed the shamballa bracelet trend. On every reality TV show the items are practically mandatory wear. Tresor Paris’s versions are made from precious and semi-precious material, including magnetite, titanium and diamond. There are rumours that these bracelets could take off like the charm phenomenon did, so get stocked up now.
Dower and Hall
Dower & Hall’s four new collections feature daisies, calla lilies and frangipanis that have been turned into delicate bracelets, stunning pendants and attention-grabbing rings. Sweet Briar, which takes inspiration from the sweet briar rose, features intricate flower designs in silver accentuated with amethyst, or in 18ct gold vermeil with white topaz. The Calla Lily collection is more dramatic, in keeping with the flower that inspired it. For customers who want something more delicate, Dower & Hall has played with the daisy, mixing it with the frangipani to give this classic flower a Central American twist. The Cadbury purple that was all over the catwalks for autumn 11 makes its way into the brand’s Isis collection.
Patriotism will be everywhere this year, as the UK gears up for the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. While some customers will be working the full Union flag look from head to toe, others may want a more understated style, which is where So Jewellery and its Rule Britannia cufflinks come in. The other trend this brand is backing is the return of the pearl. Pearls were in the headlines last year when the La Peregrina necklace from Elizabeth Taylor’s jewellery collection was auctioned at Christie’s in New York. It featured the La Peregrina 16th century pearl and sold for $11.8m (£7.6m), breaking the world auction record for pearl jewellery. While So Jewellery’s collection isn’t quite in that price bracket, it does offer some beautiful styles for those channelling the Liz look.
This brand’s signature style is its delicate silver pieces and whimsical motifs. There are starfish and hummingbird designs for customers wanting something small but with bundles of personality, and now Muru has upped the ante and started to include more heavyweight pieces and experimented with colour. The Monaco collection is a must-stock with its semi-precious stones and cocktail styles - ideal for customers wanting to make a statement.