In its Gem Visions 2018, Swarovski flings open its doors on a Wunderkammer packed with ideas, inspiration and pure creative energy. The 2018 edition identifies Naturalia, Mirabilia and Artificialia as the three trends influencing jewellery design next year.
Water is one of the most precious natural elements on earth. Its transformation and translucency evoke the watery pre-birth existence of dreamless sleep, and have taken on new creative expressions as exemplified by glacial rock crystal, aquamarine, blue topaz and Ethiopian opal. These mysterious gemstones resemble sparkling lagoons and sunless depths. Blue in its many variations combines well with green, white, pink, warm orange and dark red gemstones to recreate different vibes of the ocean. Swarovski Zirconia’s Puresse Cut shaped as a water drop and its Nano’s Round Pure Brilliance Cut in various oceanic colours perfectly embody the theme.
Finding inspiration in mountains, caves, plains, rainforests, jungles and desert oases, designs from this trend pay homage to the planet’s natural grandeur. Earthy tones like brown, poppy and golden yellow genuine gemstones and created stones reflect the primal energy of Planet Earth. Swarovski Zirconia’s Fancy Light Green that paints a picture of spring and its Frosty Mint that recalls wintery extremes work well with the trend’s grounded tones. Swarovski’s expressive new leaf cut for Zirconia, which combines a square and round stone, is perfectly on-trend with this theme.
Mirabilia Perfect Flaw
Societal norms and expressions of individuality have always been at odds with each other. Perfection in people’s eyes may seem homogenous, but a flaw is unique and with a dynamic energy all its own. The theme sets a new standard for beauty, preferring to see imperfections and idiosyncrasies as characterful and even captivating. It enjoys a rich palette of deep colours and various materials such as brushed gold, marcasite, Swiss blue topaz and citrine. The different textures and colours bring out personal traits, highlighting one’s unique charm and alluring personality.
Jewels are among the oldest of artefacts and often the essence of traditions, symbolising a culture’s distinguishing rites of passage. Spolia makes use of materials and gemstones of different rituals and brings old traditions into the future. Pink gemstones such as pink sapphires, purplish-pink zirconia, the Misty Rose colour in Swarovski Topaz are hot picks for this theme. Swarovski Zirconia’s Violet cut with petal-like facets pays tribute to time-honoured traditions and draws the beholder into a timeless spell.
Artificialia Shredding Layers
In contrast to the restless and fast-paced modern life of the 21st century, the trend turns away from all the noise and compulsive materialism and shifts to simple and fundamentally streamlined designs to uphold integrity. Subtle and delicate pink gemstones such as Swarovski Zirconia’s new Purplish Pink that introduces a welcome breath of freshness is a must for minimalists. The extreme clarity of form of the Octahedron Cut intensifies the depth of reflections, which speaks to the trend’s intrinsic honesty.
This theme taps into a spirit of adventure to move beyond current wonders to create designs that break with traditions. The inspirations are derived from innovative elements combining structural beauty and symmetry of natural designs. Clear white and near-white stones showcase beautiful and modern designs best. Pale clear colours from the yellow and orange range through to light blue, light green and even lilac are good choices to pair with Swarovski Zirconia’s Greyish Blue that swirls with unfathomable depths. Jewellery of this trend, usually irregular and asymmetrical, is an entirely new generation of body adornments.