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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.
This story first appeared in the August 13, 2012 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
MADE HER THINK
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.
ODETTE NEW YORK
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.