Top 14 Trends at the 2016 Hong Kong Show

At the beginning of March, our executive team travelled to Hong Kong to attend the Asia Fashion Jewelry & Accessories Fair. With over 2500 exhibitors showcasing tens of thousands of their latest pieces, it was an exhausting yet fruitful whirlwind tour of upcoming trends.

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Below are 14 of the biggest trends the team noticed at this year’s show:

1. Tassels
Tassels were absolutely everywhere this year- on necklaces, earrings, bracelets, incorporated with pearls and gemstones… It’s clear that the runway trend has quickly made itself comfortable in the fine jewelry world.

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2. Smaller-scale jewelry
Across the board, jewelry was daintier and more delicate.

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3. Threader earrings
The team saw lots of the stylish and minimal earrings. Some incorporated gemstone and pearl accents, while others stayed true to the simple look they’re known for.

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4. Updated vintage
Scalloped details, milgrain engraving and 2-tone metal finishes brought a breath of fresh air to classic vintage styling.

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5. Precious stones
Multi-color sapphires and rubies galore- precious stones stole the spotlight.

6. Updated open looks
Many exhibitors showcased updated open looks, this time on a vertical scale.

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7. Multipurpose jewelry
Versatile and fun, multipurpose jewelry was an exciting find. It came in many different variations- interchangeable charms, interchangeable inserts on rings, and pendants that open and close to create two very different looks.

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8. Asymmetrical styles
The team saw a vast array of abstract and modern pieces.

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9. Wrap styles
Wrap rings and bracelets continued to be a popular style.

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10. Sliders/Abacus-style
Without an official name in the industry, a picture is worth a thousand words for this new style the team saw cropping up- pieces with multiple moveable gemstones.

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11. Updated retro
Bar necklaces made a strong appearance at this year’s show. This time around, many of them were curved, often incorporating pearls and gemstones with bracelets to match.

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12. Open rings
Going with the two-stone trend, the team saw lots of open ring looks, mostly featuring gemstones.

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13. Stretch bracelets
Stretch ball chain bracelets, some with charms, were a popular find.

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14. Avant-garde pearls
A modern take on a timeless classic, the team saw some spectacular pearl pieces.

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15. Tin cups and lariats
The classic styles made an appearance at this year’s show as well.

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