Bows, Snakes, and Tennis Bracelets: A Guide to What May Be Trending in Vegas

TrendsMay 29, 2024

Bows, Snakes, and Tennis Bracelets: A Guide to What May Be Trending in Vegas

A recent jewelry trends report sheds light on what likely will be hot when the industry descends on the desert.

Pavé Drop Bow earrings and Facette Snake diamond ring
Online luxury marketplace 1stDibs detailed the popular jewelry trends it saw in 2023, and they included bows and snakes. Pictured are Akaila Reid’s 18-karat yellow gold bow drop earrings (left) with South Sea pearls and pavé diamonds totaling 0.98 carats and Delphine Leymarie’s 18-karat yellow gold snake ring with diamonds totaling 0.18 carats.
New York—1stDibs released its inaugural jewelry trend report earlier this spring, highlighting the site’s most popular motifs, metals, gemstones, vintage eras, and brands in 2023.

For the report, the online retailer’s in-house experts analyzed the site’s web traffic, searches, and sales.

The jewelry trends noted by 1stDibs in its report, along with a few experts who shared their insights with National Jeweler, inform the industry about what they can expect to see at Couture, JCK Las Vegas, and the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show this year.

According to 1stDibs, bows and serpents were the top motifs of 2023, with chokers, tennis bracelets, signet rings, and statement pearl pieces trending as well.

While the e-tailer described bows as an “ageless, enduring motif,” interest in bow jewelry has increased recently, as bow items were uploaded for sale on the site 91 percent more in 2023 than in 2022.

Serpent-shaped jewelry is also highly sought after, with searches up 15 percent year-over-year.

When it comes to what style of jewelry consumers were looking for on the site, chokers and tennis bracelets led the way on 1stDibs in 2023, seeing an increase in orders of 21 percent and 11 percent, respectively.

Signet rings were highlighted as an item with a notable increase in searches, growing 13 percent in December of 2023 as compared to the previous six months.

1stDibs noted that statement pearl pieces were popular as well, with customers ordering pearl jewelry priced over $10,000 rising 7 percent since 2022.

Looking back at the top-selling gemstones in 2023 is noteworthy, as it can inform retailers on what consumers are looking for in the market today.

Emily P. Wheeler Feather earrings
These “Feather” earrings by designer Emily P. Wheeler are set with multi-colored sapphires and amethyst ($14,000). Emily P. Wheeler is exhibiting at Couture, booth #506.

Rubies and sapphires increased in popularity last year, bumping emeralds down from No. 1 to No. 3 in terms of sales on the site.

Engagement 101 founder Severine Ferrari also noted she’s seen a lot of green tourmaline in fashion jewelry, part of the increased interest in gemstones outside of the “big three.”

Yellow and white gold took the top two spots as the most popular metals on 1stDibs in 2023, accounting for a combined 37 percent of purchases.

Sterling silver was No. 3, followed by rose gold and platinum.

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Trends like bows and serpents may come and go, but pieces created by the most well-known brands and designers are always in demand among collectors.

1stDibs noted that the top-selling luxury jewelry collections on its site in 2023 were: “Atlas” by Tiffany & Co., “Love” by Cartier, “Alhambra” by Van Cleef & Arpels, “Serpenti” by Bulgari, and “Cable” by David Yurman.

While many consumers are looking for brand-new jewelry, some prefer to wear a piece that carries a rich history.

1stDibs’ collection of antique and vintage jewelry spans centuries, from the medieval period to the 1980s, but it reports that what collectors searched for the most last year was bold, modernist jewelry from the ‘40s and ‘70s. 

1stDibs also reported on engagement ring trends in 2023.

Orders for Art Deco-style rings increased 49 percent in 2023, with contemporary rings following closely behind at 38 percent.

The top engagement ring stone cuts of 2023 were round brilliant, oval, emerald, old European, and cushion.

Ferrari, who will be part of panel discussion on wedding jewelry trends Friday at the JCK Las Vegas show, also noted the popularity of marquise- and pear-shaped diamonds, as well as eternity bands.

She said all genders are buying eternity bands for not only anniversaries and weddings but also as an alternative to the more traditional one-, two-, or three-stone engagement rings.

Current overall trends in bridal (both for wedding jewelry and the jewelry the wedding party wears on the big day) are wide-ranging, from feminine like florals, to the “mob wife aesthetic” with big earrings and necklaces, to laidback gender-neutral designs that are minimalist but chic.

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