PAS DE DEUX: Kathy Ireland launched her new jewelry collection in collaboration with Elizabeth Taylor called Kathy Ireland Jewelry exclusively for House of Taylor Jewelry at JCK in Las Vegas, as reported in WWD in April.
Ireland, who already has apparel and home goods collections sold in Kmart, said, “We always wanted to do a jewelry line. And who better [to partner with] than Dame Elizabeth. She taught me everything I know.”
The collection features mid-priced gold and diamond jewelry with pearl and colored stone accents, retailing from $200 to $2,500. Styles range from a pearl and peridot drop necklace to a diamond-encrusted cross pendant, and will be available in independent specialty jewelers.
COIN CHARM: Roberto Coin has taken part in a new fund-raising initiative for Youth AIDS, a global charity that seeks to protect children from the spread of HIV through educational programs. The jeweler has created a bracelet featuring charms, one of which is in the silhouette of Africa and is accented with a diamond at the bottom. The bracelet comes in either yellow gold or sterling silver and retails for $850 and $350, respectively. The bracelets are currently hitting stores, and part of the proceeds from the sale of each bracelet will be donated to Youth AIDS.
Wynonna Judd, who became the Youth AIDS music ambassador in 2003, joining sister Ashley in the cause, performed during Las Vegas market week to benefit the organization.
COUTURE EXTENSION: Due to high demand for luxury items, Nancy Robey, vice president of VNU Expositions Jewelry Group, which produces the invite-only three-day Couture trade show at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas, followed the next day with a larger invite-only three-day Signature Salons trade show at the same resort.
Some participants, like David Yurman and Aaron Basha, took part in both Couture and Signature, while others moved to JCK or showed at all three shows. Signature had 209 exhibitors and Couture had 184.
“Couture remains sacrosanct,” said Robey. “It is the high-end venue during Las Vegas market week.”
BEDAT BEGETS SPORTY LINE: Bedat has launched Concept B3 by Bedat & Co., a lower-priced line of watches. The sporty and elegant stainless steel watches, which are occasionally treated with diamonds, retail from $995 to $2,995, whereas Bedat & Co. watches start at $3,000 retail.
“There are some that appreciate a Bedat watch, but aren’t at the stage in their lives where they can afford it. Now they can,” said Christian Bedat, president and chief executive officer of the company.
A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND: Karen Erickson, of Erickson Beamon, knows her stones, whether they be malachite or Peruvian opal. But now the designer has opted for the very best: diamonds. Diamonds by Erickson Beamon was officially launched at Couture. The collection features platinum chokers, earrings and rings dripping with the precious stone, and wholesales from $600 to $90,000.
WINNERS’ CIRCLE: At Town & Country’s Best of Design Awards at Couture, the winners were Rodney Rayner for colored gemstones, Orlando Orlandini for platinum, Yvel for pearls, David Yurman for outstanding achievement in advertising and outstanding achievement in public relations and marketing, Codiam and Rand for bridal, Jane Taylor for diamonds, and Marco Bicego for gold. Damiani won the haute couture award, and editor’s choice went to La Casa Vhernier, for its pair of rock crystal and diamond bird brooches.
STARS ON ICE:Las Vegas welcomed a few celebrities at the fine jewelry shows earlier this month. Wynonna Judd, Lionel Richie, Jewel and Sheryl Crow all performed at events at both Couture and JCK. Harry Connick Jr. promoted his appearance in the new campaign for Longines, and Shannon Elizabeth, Simon Rex and Fonzworth Bentley all stopped by to check out the Pippo Italia watches at the company’s event in the Ferrari and Maserati dealership at the Wynn Resort.