Haute couture and ready-to-wear have the advantage of their biannual international showings with an audience made up of the crème de la crème of style’s elite, eager to be the first to single out the industry’s brightest young stars.
But what about jewelry? Of course there are innumerate showcases and trade events on a rolling basis and the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris – the world’s preeminent fine jewelry, art and antique fair – but often a strong, individual voice that captures the zeitgeist is the simple key to a successful jewelry range. That and good timing, of course.
Indeed only too often, success can be such a whirlwind that young jewelry designers go from creating custom pieces for their friends and family – in the case of some of our tipped up-and-comers such as Madyha Farooqui and Emar Batalha – to suddenly finding that there is a mass market for their unique offerings before they have even had time to catch a breath. And the media can sometimes be one of the very last to catch on.
That’s why we’ve enlisted the help of Elite’s Style Editor Drew Taylor to take a look at some of the freshest and most exciting young jewelry lines that we’re tipping for big things in the future.
From edgy animal motifs to more classical art deco styles, updated mythology to the latest cocktail ring trend, these versatile young designers represent a myriad of approaches and perspectives.
What they all have in common though, is an ability to mesh old school glamour with edgy modernism and a focus on the use of some of the rarest and most precious materials on earth – from white gold to sparkling sapphires and rose cut diamonds – to create high quality fine jewelry to last a lifetime and beyond. Because some things just never go out of style.
Image credit: Ana Khouri