Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Trend Watch: Roses and Chocolate

While I love a good box of chocolate and a bouquet of beautiful roses, that's not quite what I'm talking about today. Booth hopping in Switzerland at BaselWorld for six days is always a good indicator of trends to come, and this year the rose gold/brown combo was just about everywhere. Sometimes it was rose gold and brown diamonds, other times it was semi-precious brown stones set into rose. Even the watch sector got involved, bringing out rose gold cases and brown straps.

Let's start with the ring above by British jeweler Stephen Webster. Brand new and part of his Poison Ivy collection, this cluster ring uses a signature "red gold" over a smoky quartz. Click right here to see Portero's selection of Stephen Webster jewelry. Next up is a great new watch from Geneva-based Bertolucci. This model, from the Voglia Lady collection (Voglia means "to want"), features rose gold and pave diamonds around the case, and a chocolate brown face and patent leather strap. Clicking right here will show you some of the company's more traditional metal styles. 

Milan-based Antonini also got in the game with this gorgeous pair of drop earrings in rose gold and smoky quartz. I love the smoothness of the cabochon stones against the glittery pave--the opposing textures are a treat for the eye. 

If you like the combo as much as I do, how about this Milus Xephios 18-karat rose gold automatic watch? The pink case and the brown alligator strap makes just the right statement.