Articles / Runways Sizzle With Flirty, Sexy Fashions; Playful Jewelry to Carry Fashion Message

European designers showed ruffled dresses in brightly patterned pastels. Runways sizzled with body-clinging chiffon dresses in sherbet colors. American designers added lace and sheer layers to their collections. In short, femininity is "in," and the playful touch of jewelry is essential for carrying on the fashion message.

Of course, no stylish look is complete without diamonds: subtle sparkle by day, razzle-dazzle at night. Earrings are long, lean and dangling. Some sport small diamonds stationed on fine chains; others have Victorian-inspired drops with tiered designs accented with diamonds. Pav-encrusted hoops are another favorite, small for day, big as bangles at night.

The three-stone ring, the right hand ring and the anniversary ring are three popular options for adding diamond elegance to your hands. The newest rings are wide with cutout designs, stackables that can be worn in numerous combinations, and sleek, sculptured bands with channel-set diamonds.

With the trend for rich color continuing, consider colored gemstone jewelry as the perfect accent for any outfit. This season, the most popular colors are soft pastels of pink, green and blue. Pink sapphires, tourmalines, rubellites and rhodolite garnet are standouts. Delicate tints of green and blue can be found in tourmalines, aquamarines and peridot.

What feminine look is complete without pearls, you ask? Choose your pearl jewelry with the same options as colored gemstones, with dramatic blacks, silvery greys and peacocks of Tahitian pearls, shimmering gold South Seas and rainbows of natural tints in freshwater pearls. Some of our favorites this season are peach, lavender and burgundy, and if you can't decide on a favorite, choose a necklace, bracelet or ring that mixes several different colors at once!

Last but not least, precious metal jewelry has never been more popular. Whether your choice is the sleek whiteness of platinum, the warm sunkissed tones of yellow and rose gold or the soft patina of sterling silver, our designers have created dozens of new necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets to add sparkle to any outfit. The latest designs are soft to the touch: smooth, sculptural pieces that conform to the shape of the wrist, earlobe and finger; mesh, woven and braided constructions go on with the ease of a silk scarf.

David WeissDavid Weiss

Graduate Gemologist, GIA
Certified Appraiser