Softness is the new black
Kina Anderson, our Swedish contributor, has attended the World Watch and Jewellery Show, Baselworld 2017 and reports back on a significant trend - Soft shapes and subtle colours, the 2017 show was all about softness.
Pale pastels in Pasquale Brunis´ Bon Ton collection: Milky quartz, pink quartz and light blue and pink chalcedony.
When living in times of uncertainty, you look for security, comfort and warmth - these facts are evident in the world of jewellery. Subtle colours create a sense of peace and serenity, hues that are now emerging, both in jewellery and watches. Pale pastels as well as dark shades like burgundy, navy blue and dark green. And subtle grey feels like the new black.
Fifty shades of grey… Moonstones in different shades from Tamara Comolli.
In this trend of softness, gems like shimmering moonstones, chalcedonies and pink quartz are favourites, cut as cabochons (a gemstone cut with a convex, rounded surface that is polished but unfaceted), that goes particularly well with these stones, accenting the subdued colours. And a slice of the mother of pearl beneath a gemstone gives a wonderful soft lustre. One of my personal favourite cuts was an irregular cabochon cut, seen at stone dealer Paul Wild, almost like a Keshi pearl. A cut I later noticed in a pearl collier from world known pearl brand Mikomoto´s. Pearls, by the way, fit perfectly into this new softness - especially baroque pearls.
The blush-coloured moonstones at Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen attracted a lot of attention.
This article is written by our Swedish contributor Kina Anderson. Kina is a journalist with the speciality in jewellery. Learn more about Kina on her blog and on Instagram @kinakristinaandersson.