By  on May 29, 2014

New vendors are ready to shine at their first The Couture Show.


It took half a century, but this year Lebanon-based jeweler Yeprem Chakardemian, who launched his brand in 1964, will finally make his Couture debut.

Chakardemian’s unique designs, done mostly in white diamonds and 18-karat gold, heavily focus on the idea of adornment — whether on the hands, ears or wrists.

At the show, Chakardemian will present his intricate pieces, which incorporate diamond designs that replicate flowers, leaves, snakes and other fantastical, talismanlike designs. The avant-garde pieces, which range from $2,800 to $160,000 retail, are not for the fashion faint of heart. Case in point: Rihanna recently wore Yeprem’s finger-encasing rings to the 2014 Met ball.

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In the midst of its U.S. launch, Astley Clarke is making a pit stop in Las Vegas.

Founded in 2006 by Bec Astley Clarke, the fine jewelry line began online and has since landed in some of London’s top department stores, including Liberty and Harrods.

For fall, the brand will make its American retail debut in Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

Clarke, who was awarded an MBE for “Services to Jewellery” by Queen Elizabeth II in 2013, will launch three collections for the U.S.: Biography, Fao and Muse.

Biography, priced between $95 and $745, is a collection of woven bracelets inspired by the Indian festival of Rakhi.

Fao features rose-cut gemstones set in pavé diamonds, with retail prices ranging from $2,500 to $12,950.

Muse focuses on pavé diamonds, with prices between $135 and $5,425.

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