COUTURE SHOW 2015: Lights And Diamonds That Dazzled In Las Vegas


From May 28 to June 1, Las Vegas hosted the annual Couture exhibition, one of the most prestigious in the jewellery industry.

Designers and brands from around the world gathered under the roof of Wynn Las Vegas to participate in the expo. It was not just the world-famous brands such as Chopard, Fabergé, Mikimoto, Pasquale Bruni, and Buccellati that brought their wonderful new collections to present at the fair, but also many emerging designers. A selection of British jewellers who showcased their designs included Tomasz Donocik, Ornella Iannuzzi, Yunus and Eliza and Alice Cicolini, among others. They returned to Couture as a part of Rock Vault curated by noted designer Stephen Webster.


COUTURE SHOW 2015

COUTURE SHOW 2015

The variety of styles and designs was astonishing. From Akillis rings that replicated reptilian scales to complex bracelets and chockers by Yossi Harrari that resembled diamond web – all the jewellery pieces were united by fascinating creative designs and original stylistic approaches. Every exhibitor found a way to emphasise their individuality: some used unique gems in their designs (Roberto Coin unveiled designs with rare danburite, Omi Prive with alexandrite and Pamela Huizenga with trapiche emerald), new materials (Dome’s use if carbon fiber) or complex jewellery techniques (gold fashioned to look like lace by Buccellati, necklaces made to resemble waves of diamonds by Qayten, and earrings with reverse-set gems by Nam Cho).


For those who believe that jewels made of precious stones and metals should not be influenced by fashion trends in order to remain timeless, Couture show is proof of the opposite. Designs of Mattioli, Elena Votsi, Kissmet by Milka, Colette, AS29 and many others combined the best traditions of jewellery art and ultra-fashionable trends. Thanks to such brands we can adorn ourselves with two-finger or between-the-finger rings, bracelets that are fixed on the middle part of the hand, ear-cuffs and ear-crawlers and other fashion-forward pieces.


Todd Reed sterling silver bangles with diamonds and a pink tourmaline

Todd Reed sterling silver bangles with diamonds and a pink tourmaline

Now let’s talk about trends I spotted at Couture. It seemed to me that the most popular types of jewellery were wide cuff bracelets (which I will write about later), like the ones by Todd Reed, chockers like the necklace with a large gem-studded rose by Wendy Yue and long sautoirs like the ‘Sacred Heart’ piece by Arman Sarkisyan). As for the stones, opals were everywhere! These coloured gems, famous for their play of colour, have remained at the peak of popularity for a few years now. Opals look enchanting in a simple gold setting like the one on Lauren Harper’s necklace, or surrounded with an array of diamonds and precious stones in the style of the Sutra ring (see photo below).


As expected the ‘girl’s best friends’ were an important part of many a design. However, instead of the classic diamond forms, jewellers opted for rough diamonds, diamond slices or rose-cut stones. I imagine you would be delighted to see such a variety of stylistic approaches, which is reflected in the jewellery overview I put together for you below. Now that the celebration of luxury and splendour in Las Vegas is over, we are already looking forward to the show next year. 


All photos are by the New York photographer Lordale Benosa


Left: Elena Votsi Eros collection pendant and a between-the-fingers ring; Right: Hammerman Brothers earrings with 21.50 cts rubellites and diamondsLeft: Elena Votsi Eros collection pendant and a between-the-fingers ring; Right: Hammerman Brothers earrings with 21.50 cts rubellites and diamonds

Jorge Adeler rings with a 36 cts and a 51.70 cts kunzite and diamondsJorge Adeler rings with a 36 cts and a 51.70 cts kunzite and diamonds

Left: Wendy Yue rose necklace; Right: Paula Crevoshay opal, lapiz, apatite and amethyst brooch created in collaboration with the master of inlay work Nikolay MedvedevLeft: Wendy Yue rose necklace; Right: Paula Crevoshay opal, lapiz, apatite and amethyst brooch created in collaboration with the master of inlay work Nikolay Medvedev

Gumuchian Ice Cream rings set in yellow gold with diamonds and multi-coloured hard stonesGumuchian Ice Cream rings set in yellow gold with diamonds and multi-coloured hard stones

Nam Cho emerald, sapphire and diamonds earrings; Arman Sarkisyan Sacred Heart necklace with a gold locket set with sapphires and diamonds on a string of kyanite beadsNam Cho emerald, sapphire and diamonds earrings; Arman Sarkisyan Sacred Heart necklace with a gold locket set with sapphires and diamonds on a string of kyanite beads

Pamela Huizenga cufflinks with diamonds and 8.62 cts trapiche emeraldsPamela Huizenga cufflinks with diamonds and 8.62 cts trapiche emeralds

Left: Colette diamond tiara; Right: Qayten diamond jewellery from Bologna collectionLeft: Colette diamond tiara; Right: Qayten diamond jewellery from Bologna collection

Spectacular alexandrite and diamond ring by Omi PriveSpectacular alexandrite and diamond ring by Omi Prive

Left: AS 29 Flow collection arm cuff with white and black diamonds ; Right: Gianna yellow gold full finger ring and an ear cuff with diamondsLeft: AS 29 Flow collection arm cuff with white and black diamonds ; Right: Gianna yellow gold full finger ring and an ear cuff with diamonds

Yossi Harrari Lace collection bracelet in black gold and diamondsYossi Harrari Lace collection bracelet in black gold and diamonds

Left: Octium Sun collection earrings in rose gold with diamonds and coral; Right: New Italian Art Ribbon set in rose gold and enamelLeft: Octium Sun collection earrings in rose gold with diamonds and coral; Right: New Italian Art Ribbon set in rose gold and enamel

Deanna Hamro cabochon tanzanite ring with separate diamond bandsDeanna Hamro cabochon tanzanite ring with separate diamond bands

Left: Yannis Sergakis adornment earrings with diamonds from the Charnière collection; Right: Lauren Harper collection necklace with opals, green/blue tourmalines and diamondsLeft: Yannis Sergakis adornment earrings with diamonds from the Charnière collection; Right: Lauren Harper collection necklace with opals, green/blue tourmalines and diamonds

Sutra ring with opal, sapphires and diamondsSutra ring with opal, sapphires and diamonds

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