By Brecken Branstrator
Two weeks ago, the National Jeweler editorial team headed over to the west side of town to Jewelers of America’s press preview to peruse beautiful jewels at the Press Lounge on the rooftop of the Ink48 hotel, where the New York City skyline provided the perfect backdrop to the baubles.

Held in collaboration with the Cultured Pearl Association of America, Platinum Guild International USA, and the Silver Promotion Service, the preview gave us the chance to see more than 100 pieces of jewelry. Top trends on display included alternative engagement rings, fringe, chain links, talismans, color and geometric designs.

While it’s safe to say I left that day liking a number closer to 100 than 10, I thought the latter figure might be better suited to a blog.

And so, here is my (far-from-exhaustive) list of favorites from the event.


Buddha Mama’s 20-karat yellow gold elephant pendant with a diamond-set blanket and blue sapphire accent stone


I just really want to pin this guy to my outfit come Halloween. This is Eli Frei’s black diamond and yellow sapphire spider brooch in 18-karat yellow gold, complete with moveable legs.


Fern Freeman’s marquise-shaped fringe earrings with pavé diamonds accents, made in 18-karat yellow gold


With a chain necklace attached to the collar, this sterling silver and diamond “Helena” collar set from Meredith Marks puts a new spin on the trend.

Paul Dumont 18K Golden Wave Necklace

I loved this one because it seems so wearable, like I could slip it on any day with any outfit. The 18-karat yellow gold “Golden Wave” necklace with diamonds is from Paul Dumont.


Along the same lines, this pearl and amethyst ring from Imperial Pearl could be worn every day and in every way. I also love the updated, trendy look it’s giving to the pearl while still staying classic and stylish.

101514_10X-KelimMatte sterling silver “Flame” earrings by Kelim Jewelry Design


Have you ever seen one of Syna’s carved pieces in person? If not, you need to as soon as possible because they are truly works of art. And this limited edition boulder opal Indian head pendant with champagne diamonds and 18-karat yellow gold is no exception.


These pearl and diamond earrings from Baggins feel like a really great mix between the ear jacket and ear thread trends, and I love them. They’re stylish enough to make a statement but still low-key enough that they’ll be “in” for good.


I don’t think I’ll ever be able to walk past an exceptional tanzanite without stopping. This platinum and tanzanite ring from Jack Kelége had astounding color and amazing, intricate details.

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