Gold Shines & Stones Sparkle at Baselworld

Baselworld Trade Fair Report No. 3: Fine Jewelry


Gold, particularly rose gold was by far the preferred metal choice at Baselworld together with an explosion of colourful precious and semi-precious stones. There was no shortage of one-of-kind “haute joaillerie” pieces that would appeal to modern princesses anywhere. However, the recent economic difficulties in the Far East have had their effect. Many houses have added more accessible pieces to their collections, and gold plating has become acceptable. Brightly coloured stones made a splash and outshone diamonds and pearls. Silhouettes aimed to be bold and contemporary in tune with trends emanating from fashion.

1. Nanis 2. Isabella Fa

Brushed gold added contemporary allure to ball-bearing pendant necklaces and a pleated cuff.

3. Ines De La Fressange 4. Ole Lyngaard 5. Ole Lyngaard

Contemporary design in gold pieces, delicate with a touch of colour, were a definite direction

6. Nina Ricci 7. Carla Amorim 8. Ines De La Fressange

Bird motifs became more specific: doves were newest etched into a ring, taking flight as earrings or creating a pattern in an open-work cuff

9. Boucheron 10. Christian Lacroix 11. Christian Lacroix

Parrots and butterflies exploded in brightcolours as earrings or bracelets.

12. Gucci 13. Isabella Fa 14. Charriol

The open-ended skinny cuff featured new end posts, depicting either sweet hearts and bugs, smooth pearls or became rope-like textured.

15. Carla Amorim 16. Gucci 17. Ole Lyngaard

Delicate flowers bloomed as earrings, pendants and rings

18. Jewellery Theatre 19. Maria Kovadi 20. Jewellery Theatre

The lace trend got re-imagined in jewelry ascolourful cuffs and pendants.

21. Isabelle Langlois 22. Fabergé 23. Garaude 24. Jewellery Theatre

Colour blocking got interpreted in rings with clustersin a variety of colourful precious and semi-precious stones

25. Altesse 26. Nina Ricci

Wire necks with open-ended finials depicting leaves and branches tied in with the trend of leaf motifs in other areas.

27. Nanis 28. Ole Lyngaard 29. Nana Fink

Pearls and polished stones, smooth to the touch, mostly semi-precious, always set in gold, gave rings a totally new look.

30.–32. Calvin Klein

Cool silver tones with micro pattern black inlays in chain link bracelets, rings and dog tag-likeI.D. pendants were the ultimate in contemporary design.

33. Charriol 34. Les Georgettes 35. Charriol

Multiple bangles in textured gold, colourful enamel or with textured underlays conveyed a mood of casual yet luxurious jewels for summer.

36. Ole Lyngaard 37. Chopard 38. Chopard 39. Tous

Clowns and elephants reminiscent of an old fashioned circus as well as whimsical interpretations of googley eyed creatures added carefree whimsy for young and old in gold, diamonds and coloured enamel.

The next edition of Baselworld will take place from March 23-30, 2017 in Basel, Switzerland.