December 26, 2013
You’re at an elegant ball at a duke’s estate. Young princesses and grandes dames parade about the aristocratic affair, their stunning jewellery sparkling with triumphal laurel wreaths, ribbons and filigree.
Fast-forward to the present, and lacy jewellery is making a comeback. Big fashion houses are filling the pages of women’s magazines with haute couture lace clothing. Dresses … shirts … scarves: lace is the look of the day.
Handcrafted items are also popular, and they’re increasing the demand for products with an antique appearance. Consumers have been bitten by the nostalgia bug – a grounding look in a fast-changing world – and jewellery designers have picked up on this.
"Lace combines history and romance in beautifully crafted patterns. It’s both revealing and concealing at the same time, veiling the skin and accentuating it with its design. I find it to be a very inspiring material for my designs," says jewellery designer, Katherine Semyonov of Katerina Maxine. Semyonov is known for finding inspiration in her Russian heritage.
Ironically, it's technological advances that are behind this neo-antique look. Ground-breaking laser technology is allowing designers to make jewellery of unmatched complexity. It’s also enabling them to create the illusion of more jewellery with less material, something that's becoming increasingly important as the price of precious metals rises.
Antique style and high technology, this blending of the old and new, make it an exciting time to be in the gem and jewellery industry.