ACCENTUATING SENSUAL SHEEN AND SHINE IN AN INNOVATIVE NEW CUT
The sensual allure of cabochon stones has been a magnet for lovers of beautiful jewelry for centuries. The charm endures today, and now Swarovski Gem Visions trend researchers have revealed these irresistibly smooth, liquid-like stones are a distinct design trend for SS2019.
This trend has resulted in the creation of a new family of Zirconia Liquid Cuts, inspired by transparency, and which mirror the same fluidity
and patterns that are at home in nature.
The Swarovski Zirconia Liquid Cut Family is made up of sleek, cabochon-inspired stones that without any faceting accentuate exceptional luminosity and uniquely soft reflections. The new cuts include Liquid Square, Liquid Oval, and Liquid Pear, and come in White, Fancy Light Blue, Mint, Spring Green, and Fancy Morganite.
These brilliant new stones are set to combine beautifully with contrasting faceted stones from the Swarovski Zirconia assortment. The deliciously fluid character of the Liquid Cut family and their delicate pastel tones are ideal for creating the soft feminine designs that trends are demanding.
Trend researchers see this as emerging in cascading, layered necklines that combine gemstones in assorted sizes and colors, cake layer silhouettes or melting metal looks. Liquid Cabochons will also be a favorite, new-look center stone in statement rings, they say.
Liquid Cabochons and the Swarovski Zirconia Family of Liquid Cuts are thus poised to inspire designers to create fascinating mosaics, asymmetrical patterns and ‘close to nature', organic shapes. The different sensation of touching a liquid stone, compared to a faceted gem, will inspire designs that contrast silky smooth surfaces with those with a distinct texture. Designers will choose to combine smooth stones with unpolished and textured metals to add another attractive dimension to the tactile nature of jewelry.
The new Liquid Cuts also elevate Swarovski Zirconia into a new realm of creativity that will have a magnetic appeal to Millennials. This consumer group has been raised to be aware of nature, and the environment, and will be vital to the future success of the luxury market. The trend is also highly aesthetic and thus attractive to Millennials because it directly taps into their preoccupation with expanding consciousness, mindfulness, and meditation.
While cabochons are a new trend highlight, they also have a distinguished history. Before the 14th century, and the acquisition of the skills to facet a precious or semi-precious stone, artisans used cabochons in all jewelry and personal adornment. Cabochon jewelry also enjoyed a revival in the Georgian and Victorian eras when the polished dome of the stone was considered well suited to necklaces, brooches, and earrings Jewelry that accentuated an elongated appearance was then highly desirable to emphasize the beauty and elegance of the neck. Then, as today, jewelry designers enjoyed combining cabochons with faceted stones to create unusual pieces with tactile appeal. The human brain can apparently also interpret the elliptical shape of a cabochon as similar to the heart, and can therefore subconsciously link it with romance.