By  on February 5, 2007

Hoop earrings, stacked bangles and jewelry with blue and green stones drove sales at the JA New York Winter Show.

Jewelry retailers at the event, which ended a three-day run Jan. 23 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, stocked up on products for Valentine's Day and spring after a successful holiday season.

"We had a strong Christmas; we were up 9 percent for the year and 17.5 percent in December," said Jim Rosenheim, chief executive officer of Tiny Jewel Box in Washington, who expects strong sales for 2007. "The designer business, with David Yurman, John Hardy and Slane & Slane, was especially strong."

Rosenheim added that high-end diamond jewelry and gold watches have been selling well in addition to Marco Bicego and Alex Sepkus pieces. During the show, Rosenheim picked up several rose-cut diamond and mosaic pieces at Yossi Harari and moonstone-covered egg necklaces by Temple St. Clair.

Candy Udell, president of London Jewelers, which has five stores on New York's Long Island, picked up some heart-motif jewelry for Valentine's Day.

"We were up double digits [in holiday sales]," said Udell.

Marie Helene Morrow, owner of Reinhold Jewelers, bought jewelry with themes of fruit and animals from Janet Mavec and Maya Jewels.

"After last season's daggers and skulls, people will be really into this," she said.

Fortunoff's executive vice president, Ruth Fortunoff, said of the show, "The new American designers looked great and, as such, we will continue to feature new talent in our stores. The return to yellow gold was very apparent. Also, the trends in gemstone jewelry looked fresh. The gems in vibrant shades of greens and blues looked especially salable."

Judith Ripka offered the trend in rings, pendants and stacked bangles with chalcedony, and blue and green tourmalines.

"As always, January market is a good indication of where the larger shows are going to take us," said Janet Goldman, chief executive officer of Fragments. "The major trends were hammered gold, elongated shapes and stones, long pendants, single looks and color."

Hoops were another big trend. Julie Baker offered an enameled gold version and S.Aufrichtig did them with dangling black pearls.Large and stone-laden pendants and lockets on long and short necklaces were offered at Irene Neuwirth, Monica Rich Kossan and Talisman Unlimited, which showed heavy, hammered-gold lockets inset with rose-cut diamonds.

"We've been selling a ton of them," said Talisman designer Lisa Pitkow. "It's what the retailers want."

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