I just returned from “Jewelry Market Week”, a slew of shows in Las Vegas representing the industry I’ve worked in for the last decade. I spent most of my time at the Couture show, a gorgeous, invitation-only event that showcases some of the biggest names in the biz as well as up-and-comers with serious design chops.
One of my favorite booths was Irene Neuwirth, a California-based designer who truly appreciates the beauty of colored gems. Her signature is using large, saturated, candy-colored stones in bold jewelry with a BoHo edge. My favorites this year? Drop-dead gorgeous opals ranging from shades of blue to green to white, set within sparkling pave diamonds in oversized geometric forms. (See above!)
Opals really do have amazing range, and whether they are of the orange Fire Opal variety (usually from Mexico or Brazil) or all shades of the rainbow (like Boulder Opal), these stones have a mysterious glow that make them highly unique.