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The Week In Photos

  • March 22 to 28, 2015   New York--It was a busy week of timepiece unveiling for the industry, as major brands revealed new and revamped product at the 2015 edition of Baselworld.

    In other news, an Angolan reporter who detailed human rights abuses in the country’s diamond fields went on trial and Signet Jewelers Ltd. announced that it will open more Zales stores this year than it closes.

    It’s the week that was, in photos.


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  • Cindy’s TrendTracker: Bevy of Baguettes Baguettes are having their stylistic day in the sun, again, after falling out of fashion for a long while. It’s fun to watch designers rediscover this previous side-liner and put them center stage in the middle of interesting new designs as the main event.

    There’s something very fresh about a burst of diamond baguettes or a geometric pattern in colored stones. The (long) skinny is baguettes are back, and we’re all lining up to get them.

    Here’s a collection of 18 geometric designs that range from outrageous to stunningly simple.

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  • Gemstone Spotlight: J Hadley New York--Though many jewelry designers say that world travel has inspired their creations, Ashley Gilroy Wein of J/Hadley’s experience with creating jewelry actually did begin in earnest while she was abroad.

    After graduating college and embarking on a trip, she saw pieces in a small family jewelry shop in India that were unlike any she had seen before, kicking off a two-year apprenticeship with the Jain family to learn about design, gemstones and manufacturing. 

    She since has launched her own brand, J/Hadley, centered on bright, bold gemstone pieces with diamond accents. The spring/summer 2015 collection uses warm oranges and pinks that hint at warm weather, as well as strong blues and greens in pieces made to be noticed.

    “I’ve always loved working with fiery opals and sapphires, as it plays to a woman’s strengths and reminds her of the energy inside herself,” Wein said, adding that, “It takes a certain type of woman who wants to wear bold, colorful, statement gems.”

    Click through the slideshow to see 10 of the brand’s newest pieces for the season. 

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  • Silver Spotlight: Shaun Leane New York--Designer Shaun Leane just introduced his Quill collection, which combines geometric shapes with silver and gold vermeil crafted in the shape of quills on pendants, rings, bracelets and cuffs.

    The collection “embodies the essence of creativity seen in the work Shaun Leane produced for the late Alexander McQueen,” the brand said. Leane met the fashion designer in London during the 1990s and the two partnered for 17 years. McQueen died in 2010.

    The Quill collection was released this month and currently is available at Harrods, Selfridges and at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, in conjunction with the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” exhibition.

    Click through this gallery to see sterling silver pieces from the line. All prices listed are retail and are approximate as they were converted from British pounds.

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