The 2022 COUTURE Show, which showcases the very best in fine jewelry, returned to Las Vegas June 9-12 for another year of unparalleled glamour, and Only Natural Diamonds was on the ground for the monumental event. Heritage brands, emerging designers and independent retailers never fail to present their most inspiring, coveted natural diamond jewelry of the season, and we created a guide of the the very best COUTURE had to offer.
Rose-cut diamond pendants are sure to take off this season thanks to designs like these beauties from Zoë Chicco’s Fall 2022 collection.
Sylva & Cie
Sylva & Cie is white hot with rivieras made with rough cut diamonds and Art Deco-inspired necklaces with mixed cut stones from the brand’s White Light Collection.
Rocker elegance is to be expected from Established, and look no further than the brand’s Black Diamond Pear Drop Necklace for inspiration on how to wear black diamonds like a celeb.
Bigger is better when it comes to the new solitaire diamond engagement rings from De Beers.
Great jewelry begins with a great story, and this is especially true of the diamond collar we fell in love from Mateo. Here’s what Mathew Harris, the founder of Mateo, had to say about the exceptional piece, that was made in New York of solid 18kt gold and De Beers diamonds from Botswana.
“Since I was a child, I have been obsessed with Botswana. I remember watching the Miss World competition and seeing Miss Botswana who took my breath away. I became beyond curious about this beautiful country. When DeBeers approached me about using diamonds from Botswana, it was an immediate YES. The cherry on the cake was how the diamond industry from Botswana was truly helping women and transforming their lives. Mother nature truly created wonders with these diamonds. It was very important to showcase them at their best. A beautiful choker was the end result, timeless and feminine in design.”
Rosa Van Parys
Rosa Van Parys is an architect by trade, so it’s no surprise that her LA-based eponymous jewelry line blends symmetry with youthful energy and color. Whether it’s a custom hamsa she designed for herself using the diamond from her engagement ring as the center stone or her collection of diamond-studded daggers, Rosa’s designs are one-of-a-kind.
Modern Vintage diamond jewelry is a major trend for 2022, and Arman Sarkisyan has no shortage of stunning natural diamond rings, lockets and bracelets that live up to the theme. Arman’s family has been in the jewelry business for generations and his father still works on the bench for their brand.
Viltier may be new on the scene, but the Parisian fine jewelry brand is already making a name for itself with pieces that feature their signature linked oval design. Using traditional Maison-inspired techniques in a modern way, Viltier is definitely a brand to watch.
Featuring 3.35 carats of black diamonds, this wrap around Yeprem bracelet for men is both edgy and innovative.
Melis Goral is betting big on Art Deco pinky rings, and their collection of elegant, tasteful rings are well worth the investment.
State Property has mastered crafting diamond pieces worthy of a double-take. At COUTURE, we couldn’t take our eyes off of the Sorellina necklace featuring a pendant shaped like an arrowhead, and a signet ring made with black enamel, diamonds and 18k gold.
The stars aligned for London-based Robinson Pelham, which counts Kate Middleton as a fan. Celestial motifs can be found in eye-catching pieces like the Vera star ring and the Tsar star drop earrings the Duchess of Cambridge wore to the UK premiere of Top Gun, but the brand also makes natural diamonds both playful with stackable heart rings, and elegant with statement earrings that resemble the ocean’s waves.
Gems of Note
Gems of Note goes all in on fancy colored diamonds, and the slew of pink diamond rings are both a testament to the brand’s true craftsmanship, while also being innovative in their design.
Fluidity and curves abound at NYC-based Ondyn, where the elegant jewels are inspired by movement and designed to drape the skin like fine fabric. This is demonstrated with the Siren ring we saw at COUTURE 2022, a north-south, bezel-set design where diamonds float across the wearer’s hand “like a dress slipping off your shoulder, but with diamonds” according the the team at Ondyn.
Additional reporting by Jane Asher.