By  on May 30, 2013

Fine jewelers are not holding back.

A cautious climate in fine jewelry over the past few years — due to a combination of volatile precious metal prices and sluggish economic conditions — resulted in designers devising ways to use less gold or introducing or expanding existing silver lines. But the pendulum for fine jewelers showcasing their newest collections will swing in the opposite direction at this year’s The Couture Show, which begins today and runs through Monday at the Wynn Las Vegas: Bold is back.

The soaring stock market, rising house prices and the slowly improving economy are causing an increasingly confident consumer to once again seek statement jewelry. Shoppers are opening their wallets as gold prices slide from their historic highs, causing the silver frenzy that hit the market in 2011 to subside.

As a result, this year’s couture show is expected to highlight a slew of one-of-a-kind pieces from Irene Neuwirth, Stephen Webster, Ippolita, Monique Péan, Phillips House, David Yurman, Pomellato, Yossi Harari, Faraone Mennella, Colette, Ivanka Trump, Coomi, Ileana Makri and Melissa Joy Manning. Although silver is still in the picture, there is less of an emphasis on the metal.

 

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