By Rachel Garrahan in New York
It's not what you can see but what you can't this season. For a luxe, minimalist style statement, these gems turn convention on its head, focussing on negative space rather than on a central stone.
"Negative space" is a phrase we heard a lot of at the Couture Show in Las Vegas. It's all about reading between the lines and appreciating what isn't there, rather than what is.
Hannah Martin's Comte's Pyramid ring is an elegant example of negative space that perfectly balances its exaggerated size with the space in between. Featuring rubies and orange and magenta sapphires in blackened gold, it is designed as a piece of sculpture that will look as good off the hand as on.
Jack Vartanian celebrates the beautiful facets of a gemstone with the clean lines of his Brilliant earrings, lining them with tiny diamonds for extra sparkle.
And Jemma Wynne takes its signature open bracelet style and translates it to a ring that contrasts a glossy grey pearl with a square diamond.
The elegant yet whimsical Stalactite earrings by Greek designer Lito look light as a feather, tracing an outline with 96 rose cut diamonds. And Borgioni's hinged ring spreads the negative space all the way along the finger.
In the spirit of this minimalist trend, need we say more? These pieces speak for themselves.
Borgioni hinged white gold ring with diamonds.
Jack Vartanian Brilliant earrings lined with diamonds.
Jemma Wynne Prive gold open ring with a grey Tahitian Pearl opposite a square diamond. Available at Ylang23.com.
Kismet by Milka gold ring with an open diamond square.
Lito plays with both negative space and geometric shapes in the Izel gold and ruby ring.
Leyla Abdollahi Lust & Lure collection ring in yellow gold with baguette-cut emeralds, onyx and white diamonds gently flaring out from the open circle.
Lito's Stalactite earrings look light as a feather but sparkle with 96 rose cut diamonds.
Hannah Martin's Comte ring perfectly balances its exaggerated size with the negative space in between. Image by Joss McKinley.