All of the major players in the world of jewelry were in Las Vegas from June 4 â€“ 7 for North Americaâ€™s largest annual jewelry show, JCK Las Vegas. This yearâ€™s events, which also included Swiss Watch by JCK and Luxury JCK, broke attendance records, with 20% more retailers than last year. And of course, ICE.com was there, staying on top of the latest trends, and making the deals that will guarantee our customers the finest, hottest jewelry available over the next year.
So what were people talking about? The price of gold, of course, is on everyoneâ€™s minds. As it continues to skyrocket, and the economy continues to weigh on the minds of many customers, the worldâ€™s jewelers have been busy finding creative ways to bring the public gorgeous new products that are available in every buyerâ€™s price range. In many instances that means supplementing gold with other stunning metals. Everything from white tungsten, to steel to perennial favorite silver is being incorporated into the new designs.
That increasing use of white metals may explain the growing prevalence in black and white color schemes on everything from bracelets to necklaces to rings. And thanks to â€œSex and the City 2,â€ black diamonds are making a huge comeback. Combining those two hot trends, we found several gorgeous examples of black and white diamonds combined in gorgeous pieces that will be available very shortly on ICE.com.
Stay tuned for more video interviews, photos and coverage of the JCK Las Vegas Show.
Can you be allergic to jewelry? The short answer, sadly, is yes. However, women who find themselves sensitive to certain items can still go shopping for their favorite pieces.
If you experience discomfort or redness when wearing jewelry, you are likely allergic to one of the metals present. Nickel, zinc and copper are often mixed with silver and gold to help harden the more malleable metals. It’s probable that one of these components is making you uncomfortable.
Women who find themselves in this situation can start off by shopping for stainless steel pieces. This metal contains a small amount of nickel, but it is so tightly bound that it will not reach your skin.
Choosing items made from pure gold or silver is another option, as women are unlikely to be allergic to the elements.
Finally, jewelry that is plated in rhodium is another solution. The plating is used mostly on white gold and gives it a shiny, finished look. It also serves as a barrier between your skin and the metal. However, this is only a temporary solution, as it eventually wears off and will need to be replated.
Keeping skin dry and clean may also prove helpful. While it may be difficult to stop sweating, keep in mind that perspiration can be a catalyst for allergic reactions, as salt reacts with metals.
Be sure that no soap residue is left on your body after bathing. Soap breaks down the barrier between your skin and the jewelry, which will lead to further irritation.
Those who are allergic to jewelry shouldn’t give up on wearing their favorite items. Beauty is pain, but it doesn’t have to be itchy!