By  on August 13, 2012

Edgy-but-chic jewelry — think spikes, studs, skulls, bullets and crosses — are still going strong this season, as evidenced at Coeur’s first New York trade show at 404 10th Ave. and the Business Journals-produced AccessoriesTheShow at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center last week. Here, some standouts.

Meredith Kahn counts Scarlett Johansson, Rihanna and Angelina Jolie as fans of her gothic-but-girly jewelry. The brand’s new holiday collection at Coeur featured pieces bejeweled with Swarovski Elements, like the Teardrop earrings for $479, while the Jaws of Life ring, in both crystal and diamond versions ranging from $173 to $759, continues to be a bestseller.

The New York-based designer known for her intricate body chains is expanding into fine and bridal jewelry, ranging from $450 to $2,500 on a custom, made-to-order basis. She showed the new $2,300 Fathom ring at Coeur, which comes apart into two separate rings but can also be worn together, symbolizing the union of a couple. For her spring collection, fine metals like yellow and rose gold and silver play a larger role throughout.

Brooklyn-based designer Jennifer Sarkilahti’s six-year-old line places an emphasis on nature, artifacts, primitive forms and anatomy. (Her “Rib” ring, $138 to $198, and “Spear” stud earrings, $110, are bestsellers.) Every piece is handmade using wax-carving techniques, then cast into materials like recycled sterling silver, brass and bronze.

Charles Albert, known for its sterling silver fashion jewelry since 1990, has launched a new category called Alchemía, a line of lower-priced pieces in a non-precious, lacquered metal (dubbed “zero-karat gold”) that simulates the appearance of 18-karat gold and retail from $30 to $750. The brand’s bullet bracelet was a highlight at AccessoriesTheShow, and comes in both Alchemía and sterling silver versions for $195 or $945, respectively.

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