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  • July 26 to August 1, 2015 A number of events took place in New York City this week, with Jocelyn Prestia of jewelry brand Unhada named New Designer of the Year at the JA New York Summer show and Ryan Berg elected board chairman of Jewelers of America.

    Also in New York, the Women’s Jewelry Association held its annual Awards for Excellence gala at Chelsea Piers, and the American Gem Society hosted its Circle of Distinction dinner, honoring jeweler Georgie Gleim, JCK’s Yancy Weinrich and John Green of Lux, Bond & Green.

    It’s the week that was, in photos.

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  • Silver Spotlight: Anson When we think of cufflinks, what typically comes to mind is men’s jewelry--but that isn’t always the case.

    Women accessorizing with cufflinks is something that has been around for some time, said jewelry and style expert Michael O’Connor.

    “It’s not something new,” he said. “I believe the first time we saw it was in the ‘40s. Because it was the first time many women had been in the workforce, their outfits took on more masculine ideals--lapels got wider, shoulder pads became fashionable. So even if cufflinks weren’t being worn, large buttons would simulate the look of one.”

    Now, the masculine look in women’s fashion is back again--think the “boyfriend”-style shirt and jeans many brands advertise and, in jewelry, and the popularity of large-faced or men’s watches for ladies.

    “So why not dress up the cuffs on a blouse or shirt?” O’Connor said. “It’s out there, and women are noticing (cufflinks) and playing around with them. There are so many styles available--you can go flashy or conservative.”

    The rise of the cufflink among women also is the result of the surging popularity of jewelry wear among men.

    “I think what has aided the resurgence of cufflinks in women’s clothes is that more men are starting to wear them as they become less concerned about wearing jewelry overall,” O’Connor said. “Men have the watch, then the wedding band, and cufflinks are the next piece for them to wear. It’s evolution.”

    Click through this gallery to see 10 sterling silver cufflinks from Anson that are perfect for women or men. All prices listed are retail.

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  • Cindy’s TrendTracker: Gray diamonds While diamonds are always a girl’s best friend, the time is ripe for diamonds of all colors to share the stage.

    Gray diamonds have come into fashion as designers embrace the moody hue that turns any design into a cooler version of its old self. Gray diamond engagement rings are great for the millennial customer who wants something new and fresh, while fashion jewelry looks updated and slightly cooler with a hint of gray.

    The price points are pleasant, too, so jewelers should consider dabbling in all types of jewels that have a little gray edge.

    Here are 11 designs that will offer clients something with a little kick to it.

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  • Gemstone Spotlight: Polly Wales Designer Polly Wales likes to set her gemstones in precious metals in such a way that the resulting effect has a “from-the-earth” aesthetic, like the stones are breaking through the surface of the gold. 

    Her designs are an eclectic mix of references from Byzantine and Indian jewelry as well as trends in high fashion, though the designer said that it is ultimately the women who wear her pieces who dictate how the jewelry evolves.

    Wales unveiled many new designs in her signature collection at this year’s Couture show, as she transitions to using the process of lost wax casting for her jewelry.

    See 10 of the designer’s newest pieces in this slideshow. All prices listed are retail. 

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