By Ashley Davis
Hoop earrings are still a hot item and allow designers to easily impart their vision on a classic jewelry staple. Pictured are a colorful assortment of enamel styles from Alison Lou.
Las Vegas--The 2018 version of Couture promises to bring together the industry’s top jewelry design talent under one roof and provide a snapshot of current jewelry trends.

Here’s a sneak peek of what to see at the show, which kicks off May 31 at the Wynn Las Vegas.

20180521 Preview yaelsoniaYael Sonia Meteor Brilliant Triple Necklace in 18-karat yellow gold with diamonds, peridot and aquamarine
Yael Sonia will showcase a totally new collection that plays with her love of geometry and gemstones

“Orbital” features an abundance of the latter, including malachite, dendrite, guava quartz and prasiolite—enough to stump even the most ardent gem hound—all set in designs that mimic the relationship between planets in space.

20180521 Preview spinelliSpinelli Kilcollin earrings in 18-karat rose and white gold with pearls ($4,000)

Spinelli Kilcollin’s stacked bands connected by jump rings are the line’s signature, and departures from the popular style are restrained, deliberate and always on-brand.

This Couture, the brand will show plenty of new versions of its cult favorite rings, plus its take on traditional pearl items, updating classic jewelry staples like pearl earrings for the modern, cool girl.

20180521 Preview anitakoAnita Ko 18-karat white gold and diamond Paper Clip single earring

She spawned a slew of knockoffs when she created her now-iconic safety pin earring, and Anita Ko is once again elevating the mundane with her paperclip earrings.

Sold as singles, the Couture crowd will be clamoring for the cheeky take on the office supply, rendered in diamonds and gold.

20180521 Preview templeTemple St. Clair Oasis Moon Necklace in 18-karat yellow gold with royal blue moonstone, tanzanite, ruby, chrome tourmaline and spessartite garnet ($30,000)

On view at Couture will be Temple St. Clair’s “Midnight at the Oasis” range, new for fall 2018. A scroll motif called the “Lattice,” cabochon gems representing each hue of the rainbow and an ornate gold Buddha bracelet bring to mind an enchanted temple garden. 

St. Clair effortlessly floats between items for the collector and the self-purchaser; the above necklace’s self-purchasing counterpart is a huggie hoop earring with dangling charm that is no less gorgeous than its elaborate cousin, but at a fraction of the cost.

20180521 Preview melissakayeMelissa Kaye 18-karat yellow gold and diamond ring

Melissa Kaye is gaining traction with her assortment of jewels that are at once glamorous and wearable; the designer is quickly asserting herself as a go-to for bold diamond pieces.

Case in point, this cool double-finger ring, an item Kaye embraced fully last Couture.

20180521 Preview sorellinaSorellina’s 18-karat yellow gold earrings with rhodium plating and diamonds ($1,995)
Sorellina will take a dip into new materials at Couture, showing off pieces made in eye-catching shades of rhodium.

Insider tip: Hoop earrings are still an ultra-hot item and will be very prevalent at the show.

20180521 Preview evafehrenEva Fehren Ombre Axis Necklace in 18-karat rose gold with 1.56 carats of Australian “champagne” diamonds ($13,625)
Look out for a new linear, geometric range of jewels from Eva Fehren, in her third and final year as part of Couture’s Design Atelier.

Fehren’s new pieces focus on Australian “champagne” diamonds in a range of hues that the designer has arranged to achieve an ombre effect, and are the fruits of a collaboration with miner Rio Tinto.

A double-finger ring with a champagne diamond solitaire and a pair of straight-line ombre earrings, also set two with major diamonds, are not to be missed.

20180521 Preview janetaylorJane Taylor Jewelry 14-karat rose gold, ruby and pink sapphire hoop earrings ($3,520)

Predicting that Jane Taylor Jewelry will show loads of color at Couture is the safest bet in Las Vegas.

New for the show will be these chunky hoop earrings, which feel super-modern with their organic, sculptural shape and super-Jane Taylor with their abundance of rubies.

20180521 Preview fernandoFernando Jorge 18-karat yellow gold and diamond collar
Fernando Jorge’s “Brilliant” collection was the talk of Couture last year.

The 18-karat gold and diamond offerings are engineered to lie flat on the body and move with a sinuous fluidity that embody Jorge’s most beloved design elements. Expect more “Brilliant” show-stoppers and prepare to be wowed.

20180521 Preview AdamFosterAdam Foster Fine Jewelry 18-karat yellow gold, aquamarine, moonstone and diamond cuff ($38,450)

Don’t miss Adam Foster Fine Jewelry if you’re a fan of special occasion and one-of-a-kind jewelry.

Foster specializes in rare, unique or just-plain-amazing stones and amps up their natural luxury with detailed, meticulous settings.

20180521 Preview retrouvaiRetrouvai’s 14-karat gold double-sided lariat necklace with amazonite and morganite beads, lapis lazuli, pink onyx and opal inlay, and diamond and emerald ($8,991)

Retrouvai designer Kirsty Stone has really refined her voice since winning Ylang 23’s The Next Now competition.

Her “Gypsy” earrings and new “Lollipop” rings are gem-centric signatures for the brand, and Stone will be sure to show hero pieces at Couture, like the above lariat that combines several of her go-to motifs with her astute eye for gemstones. 

20180521 Preview MarinaBMarina B 18-karat yellow gold and diamond three-row Trisolina collection
Marina B is updating one of its best-selling collections for the modern consumer.

Based on the Trisola range, the “Trisolina” collection will debut at Couture, providing a fresher and lighter take on its predecessor, the brand said.

20180521 Preview moritzglikMoritz Glik 18-karat yellow gold, enamel and emerald ring ($8,500)
Mortiz Glik’s “Shaker” diamonds and gemstones will be on view in new iterations.

An exciting direction for the brand is the introduction of enamel, as in the above gold and emerald ring.

While enamel has been hot for several seasons, more and more designers are incorporating it into their work; enamel is definitely here to stay.

20180521 Preview pomellatoPomellato Iconica bracelets in 18-karat rose and white-plated rose gold with white diamonds, and in rose gold and black-plated rose gold with brown diamonds
Pomellato’s Iconica Bold bracelets, pictured above, are the brand’s most significant new pieces that will be shown at Couture.

Utilizing the Italian house’s iconic chains, the Iconica Bold bracelets feature oval links that connect seamlessly with an invisible closure.

20180521 Preview pasqualebruniPasquale Bruni 18-karat rose gold necklace with pink chalcedony, moonstone and diamonds ($90,000)
Pasquale Bruni introduced its “I Giardini Di Lakshmi,” or Lakshmi Gardens, collection to buyers and press at the Vicenzaoro show in January.

Now it will bring the lotus flower-inspired selection to the United States, which, in addition to one-of-a-kind pieces like the one pictured above, comes in several earring and ring iterations that are ultra-glamorous but more wearable and rendered predominantly in white, champagne and black diamonds.

20180521 Preview kismetKismet by Milka 14-karat rose and white gold pendant with diamonds
Kismet by Milka is channeling a strong female warrior in its new Couture pieces or, rather, outfitting them in the appropriate accessories.

Antique war weaponry is used as a metaphor to describe a modern day woman’s battle for equality in a male-dominated world, the brand said.

20180521 Preview sethicoutureSethi Couture 18-karat rose gold and rose-cut diamond earrings ($4,620)

Expect plenty of ring stacks from Sethi Couture—the brand’s ring parties have become a hit with their customers—as well as a few surprises.

The above bezel-set rose-cut diamond earrings are one of them. Simple, timeless and sophisticated, they blends seamlessly with the rest of Sethi Couture’s collection, which subscribe to the same design principles.

Don’t miss the new dangling diamond necklace either.

20180521 Preview coletteColette’s 18-karat gold multicolor enamel and pavé diamond Galaxia cuffs shown stacked ($5,395 per individual cuff)
Designer Colette is embracing enamel in a Technicolor palette.

From multicolor bangles to sweet, easy-to-wear studs, this new look is a little more exuberant, and less gothic and romantic.

20180521 Preview wendyyueWendy Yue cameo ring in 18-karat rose gold with mother-of-pearl, yellow sapphire, opal, white sapphire, and champagne diamonds ($10,200)

There’s little Wendy Yue hasn’t already done, but she continues to perfect her vision with new works of art.

This Couture, Yue is expanding upon her cameos, among other themes. This rose version is a particularly stunning iteration.

20180521 Preview monicaMonica Rich Kosann Two-Tone Silver Lining Cuff in 18-karat yellow gold and sterling silver ($2,400)
Monica Rich Kosann’s newest pieces aren’t more of her signature lockets. Instead, they comprise an array of flexible cuffs and bracelets that are easy to manipulate, and take on and off.

Besides being comfortable, they’re also sentimental like the rest of the brand’s offerings; the bracelets come engraved with special phrases.

20180521 Preview alisonlouAlison Lou 14-karat yellow gold and enamel hoop earrings

A playful vibe is Alison Lou’s MO and the brand is most recently expressing that through colorful enamel hoop earrings.

The line recently launched Lucite costume jewelry hoops perfect for summer, but they’ll showcase fine versions in a variety of colors and patterns at Couture.

20180521 Preview hofHearts on Fire’s 18-karat white gold Floral Double Twist Bangle with white diamonds ($9,900)

Hearts on Fire will add to its fashion-forward “Lorelei” range with “Lorelei Classics.”

As the name implies, new pieces aim for a timeless interpretation of the Lorelei look in white, yellow and rose gold, and as always, feature plenty of diamond bling. 

20180521 Preview stephenwebsterStephen Webster’s horsefly ring in 18-karat gold and enamel with sapphires and garnets
Stephen Webster is sure to bring an array of pieces ranging from high jewelry to his everyday items like the Butterfly ring.

This year he’ll add a new member to his animal menagerie—the horsefly, which has never been rendered quite so glamorously, particularly with its striking enamel wings.

20180521 Preview selimSelim Mouzannar 18-karat gold and enamel rings with diamonds and pearls ($940 to $2,080 per individual ring)
Selim Mouzannar makes a halo ring that is not at all tired and stuffy but conversely fun, fresh and modern. His take on the style has proved to be so popular that he continues to roll out new versions for his customers, adding in enamel and colored gemstones.

At Couture, the above versions will be among those the designer shows, which add gray enamel and pearls into the mix.

20180521 Preview suzannekalanSuzanne Kalan 18-karat rose gold hoop earrings with multicolor sapphire baguettes and white diamonds
If there’s one thing to be learned from Couture designers, it’s not to mess with a good thing; instead, expand upon it.

Suzanne Kalan is known for her “Fireworks” baguette pieces, and incorporated color into the range in a big way last Couture. “Rainbow Fireworks” capitalizes on that, mixing various shades of sapphires for a rainbow effect.

Color is definitely trending.

20180521 Preview armansarkisyanArman Sarkisyan’s 22-karat yellow gold and oxidized sterling silver locket pendant with diamonds and sapphires
Arman Sarkisyan is bringing his distinctive 22-karat yellow gold and oxidized sterling silver pieces to Couture, which have an antique feel, not least because of their excellent handmade quality.

This season, Sarkisyan’s pieces are skewing toward the romantic, as demonstrated by several heart-shaped lockets. 20180521_Preview-robertocoin: Roberto Coin’s 18-karat rose gold and diamond charm bracelet

20180521 Preview robertocoinRoberto Coin’s 18-karat rose gold and diamond charm bracelet ($9,150)

Roberto Coin will offer updates to just about every collection that its customers know and love, from “Roman Barocco” to “Princess Flower.”

This charm bracelet is the perfect collector’s item for fans of the brand.

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