In addition to all the goings-on at the Javits Center the last week of July, there were quite a few industry happenings around town, including press previews held by H. Stern and the Simmons Jewelry Co. Like Michelle Graff (see her 8/4 post), I’m drooling over the latter’s stainless steel women’s ring from the “W” Steel collection, but this version with gold plating.

SimmonsJewelryCo I also couldn’t help but smile over the brand’s Hello Kitty offerings. It’s been more than a decade now, maybe two, but there was a time when I amassed quite a collection of Hello Kitty knickknacks.

The jewelry offerings are decidedly more grown-up and aimed right at female self-purchasers like me who can’t quite get over their pangs of nostalgia. Among the most kawaii (that’s Japanese for cute) were these rings in 18-karat gold and sterling silver with diamonds and gemstones such as amethyst, citrine, rose quartz and garnet. Pendant versions are also available.

HelloKitty On to other grown-up offerings…Given that I’m a big fan of yellow gold, I had a blast at H. Stern. The Brazilian brand set up shop at Robert Verdi’s Luxe Laboratory, a midtown showroom and event space decked out like a hip loft-style apartment.

Dubbed “Grupo Corpo” in honor of the dance group for which the collection was inspired, the line includes gorgeous organic designs, including oversized metal-only cocktail rings, sculptural cuffs and sinuous necklaces.

Check out some of these snaps…

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