New York, NY—The Natural Diamond Council (née Diamond Producers Association) has released a 15-page fall trend report authored by seven global jewelry experts that form its new Style Collective. They include Jill Newman, contributing editor for Town & Country; Paul Schneider, co-owner of innovative retailer TWIST in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA; celebrity stylist Cristina Ehrlich; blogger and influencer Katerina Perez; Rachel Garrahan, jewelry and watch director for British Vogue, Will Kahn, jewelry director for e-commerce site Moda Operandi, and Maria Dueñas Jacobs, director of brand development at Stitch Fix and owner of her own children’s accessories company.
The report features five major trend categories for diamond jewelry: Symbolic & Sentimental, Layered Necklaces, Gypsy Setting, Mismatched Earrings, and East-West Engagement/Commitment. (Image: an illustration from the “Symbolic & Sentimental” chapter.)
Symbolic & Sentimental includes everything from amulet symbols to lockets, hearts, diamond-studded words and initials, signet rings, and anything that underscores jewelry’s role as a talisman and heirloom.
Sethi Couture’s P.S. Celeste engraveable tag charm is featured in the Natural Diamond Council’s report on Symbolic & Sentimental jewels. The piece is 18k yellow gold, 15 mm on an 18” bead chain, with G-H SI1-VS2 0.07 ctw diamond. Retail, $1,630.
ayered necklaces have been a popular trend for some time, but it’s been amped up to the degree of being called a “neck mess,” although in a positive way. “Start with a line necklace, add a fringe diamond necklace or beads, a pendant or another choker-length necklace,” suggests Will Kahn. Rachel Garrahan says choose a unifying theme—such as all diamonds—and you can mix all kinds of styles, lengths, and eras.
Gypsy setting, originally popular in the 19thcentury, also enjoyed a resurgence in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In it, the diamond is set flush with the metal, and it provides not only a more understated but also more secure alternative to a prong setting.
Mismatched earrings are a good way to mix classic styles with edgy designs, says Jill Newman. It’s also a good way for women with a tight budget to get a bigger diamond look if they only need one earring—and as such more and more jewelers are selling single earrings. Most people wear a mix of single studs and drops, adds Paul Schneider of Twist.
East-West commitment and engagement rings also are enjoying a resurgence. In this style, an elongated center stone—emerald, radiant, pear, marquise, and so on—is set crosswise on the finger instead of lengthwise. It’s an innovative way to use a traditional diamond cut.
To see the entire trend report, click here.