The Couture Show in Las Vegas is just days away so, here at The Jewellery Editor, we are preparing to be dazzled yet again by the burst of creativity and innovation that characterizes this annual show.
Many well-established designers will be back to show off their latest creations, including Stephen Webster, Todd Reed and Irene Neuwirth. One of the most exciting parts of the show, however, is meeting the new designers who are joining the Couture crowd for the very first time. Bringing a unique eye to jewelry design from wherever they may live in the world, they snap up the opportunity to join the community and connect with their fellow designers, as well as the top stores in the US and beyond.
So, without further ado, here's my pick of the five new designers I am most excited about seeing at this year's show.
Neha hails from New Delhi and her one-of-a-kind pieces combine the rich, bright colors of her home country with a sculptural creativity that is completely her own. Named one of JCK's Rising Stars in 2014, she unveils the new nature-inspired Cadence collection at her first Couture Vegas. With every piece carved in wax before being brought to life in custom-colored rhodium-plated gold and meticulous pavé, such as the contrasting tsavorites and diamonds of her dramatic Jolene earrings, her work is guaranteed to make its wearer the center of attention wherever she goes.
New York designer Eva Zuckerman created Eva Fehren with long-time friend and business partner Ann Gorga. With pieces such as her famous X ring, she has quickly made a name for herself with an edgy, minimalist collection that dedicated fans use to layer and make their own personalized jewelry statement. One of the nominees in 2015 for the CFDA Swarosvki Award for Accessory Design, Eva will be unveiling a range of new pieces this year, including her space age-inspired Sputnik earrings in signature blackened gold and edgy inverted diamonds.
Kavant & Sharart
I first spotted the feminine, three-dimensional curves of Kavant & Sharart's contemporary jewelry collection two years ago and I am delighted to see husband and wife duo Kenny and Shar-Linn, who split their time between their native Bangkok and Singapore, make their Couture Vegas debut. Their work, which mixes colored gems with mother-of-pearl and diamonds, is a perfect marriage of their contrasting styles and inspirations - his organic, off-beat style is inspired by nature and the ocean, and hers by the geometry of Art Deco, Oriental and modern art.
Tejen is the result of another creative collaboration. Fashion veterans Isabel Encinias, who is based in Paris, and Mark Kroeker in New York, have created a collection that puts a new twist on minimalist jewelry design, which is no mean feat in this crowded space. Handcrafted in France, exclusively from ethically sourced gold and precious stones, Tejen is named after the Ancient Egyptian word for an obelisk - tejen translates as “needle of stone” - and its inaugural collection uses the iconic shape as its key motif. Also inspired by rays of light, the collection features sculpted spikes and curving arches, which end in inverted diamond pyramids, and certainly puts the cool into couture.
The annual Couture Las Vegas Show puts the best of the veteran brands alongside the new and exciting jewelry talents.
The Couture Show opening night in 2015 sets the precedent of dazzling creativity and show stopping jewelry to come.