December 2016 - Andrew Geoghegan

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2017 Andrew Geoghegan collections

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We’re working away on a number of exciting pieces, adding to collections with new adaptations where we know customers love those designs. The Chapiteau collection will definitely grow, we’re loving what we can do with the hexagonal shapes, and will be developing the family in line with superb feedback and requests for new colourways and matching pieces.

We’re eager to add to our bridal range too, with some sumptuous new pieces to add some theatre to that collection. Taking a lead from the dramatic Chapiteau and the breathtaking Clair de Lune, we’ll be developing some pristine diamond wedding and engagement ring versions for 2017. Here’s to a wonderful new year!

Jewellery trends for 2017

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As we wave goodbye to a fantastic year, we’re looking forward to a year in which ‘individuality’ is being touted as a top trend, perhaps as a continuation of this season’s ‘audacious’ tip. The fashion big hitters are telling us we’ll be able to show off our uniqueness next year: mix and match, single earrings, clashing layers and homespun looks are what 2017 is going to be all about, with a heavy splash of colour and the odd flash of structure and form. At the heart of the Andrew Geoghegan brand is a love of the unique, and of women who dress as they please, with confidence and assertiveness. It looks like this is their year…here’s what to plan for.

Vogue Paris and Elle are both heralding a season of pearls – worn as bracelets and cuffs over sleeves, or in strings, (mis)matched with military jackets, sports sweaters and patched denim in a delicious style clash. Chokers are in too, in all kinds of stones and colours, the general rule being the rawer and the bolder, the better.

Safety pins adorned the catwalks – use decorative ones to accessorize and standard ones to adapt and individualise an outfit. Raw stones are all the rage too – Proenza Schouler showed super raw stone and gem earrings in small jagged rocks, worn in mismatching pairs, a look echoed at Dries Van Noten and Calvin Klein shows, where earrings added to the strength of bold clothing statements.

Meanwhile in colours, it’s all looking wonderfully tropical. Deep electric blues, shocking pinks, rich parrot greens, and hot oranges rule. So in jewellery, we’re expecting to see a lot of lapis lazuli, tanzanite and blue sapphire; deep pink sapphires; greens from chrysoberyl and varicite; and fire opals bringing orangey yellows to life.

A word from those in the know…

Belinda Morris from The Jeweller:

Of the 10 colours that Pantone has released in its palette for 2017, there are a few stand-out hues that may well have an influence on coloured gemstone jewellery:

  • Lapis Blue: lapis lazuli of course, but also tanzanite and strong blue sapphire
  • Pink Yarrow: a hot, tropical pink, deep pink sapphire perhaps
  • Greenery: a tangy yellow green, like chrysoberyl or varicite
  • Flame: a fiery red-based orange, such as fire opal

And trends I’m feeling most:

  • Big statement earrings (including very long, almost brushing shoulders)
  • Single, asymmetric or mis-match earrings
  • Lots of colour
  • Chokers
  • Statement rings, including over knuckles, along the finger and across fingers (a continuing look)
  • Raw stones
  • Ancient inspiration/taliman themes
  • Historic/royal references (eg Baroque/Tudor)
  • Geometrics continuing

Stacey, Editor at Professional Jeweller:

“I think 2017 will see consumers stripping back and opting for more delicate and refined pieces. In times of economic uncertainty shoppers will be wanting to invest their money in pieces they feel will stand the test of time.

I suspect that with a return to finer pieces, the layering and stacking trend will continue to grow in popularity as consumers will still be longing to showcase their personal style through the use of more elusive jewels.”

IJL 2016 – what a year!

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Months of preparations for IJL 2016 led to our most successful year yet, as we launched six stunning new designs, treating press and buyers to a dazzling show of wristwear, rings and earrings.

Our stand was hard to miss – a wonderously lifelike moon played host to some of the shows biggest hits – our sparkling new Clair de Lune Coleur collection. We also launched some beautiful new pieces, some never before seen and others an elaboration on popular collections.

It has to be said, there were two clear winners. One of them, naturally, was The Chapiteau de Paraiba – an unabashed expression of the indulgence of Versailles, dripping diamonds and pure drama, courtesy of the alluring blue Paraiba tourmaline, glimmering pink stones, cool, mint green tourmaline and diamonds crowned with its unique hexagonal setting.

The other was the diamond drop earrings now part of the Clair de Lune collection – an elegant drop of inverted crescent moons, set at the end of a stream of glittering diamonds.

Pieces like these that ensured a steady stream of visitors over the three-day event. As we washed down delicious macarons with equally delicious prosecco, we attracted several new retailers, including some international interest.

So of course there’s been no let up since the hectic preparations for IJL. We wouldn’t have it any other way – 2016’s brilliant IJL has led to some exciting meetings and discussions with retailers, the reason we’re looking forward to IJL 2017 so much!

Looking forward to 2017

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2016 has been an incredible year that we fully intend to capitalise on, with the continued roll-out of the new Andrew Geoghegan brand, some exciting advertising plans and an all new certificate of authenticity to those who buy our jewellery. We’re committed to strengthening our relationship with the retailers who have helped us enjoy this success, giving you more to work with and offering your customers reasons to come back for more.

Our work to establish and build the brand profile continues, and we’re developing beautiful new packaging to reflect our passion for precision and our love of exquisite design. We think customers will love this new touch of luxury, as it continues the story of our pieces – designed, honed, and crafted to perfection.

We want to invite our customers, who are naturally driving our success too, to feel closer to the Andrew Geoghegan brand with a registration portal and certificate of authenticity. This will allow us to nurture the relationships that will help our brand to thrive and grow, welcoming those customers into our world and showing them how much they matter to us. This will set us apart and we hope, truly reward those who wear Andrew Geoghegan jewellery – our best advocates – with a place at the heart of our evolution.

Finally, we’re excited to be advertising in Vogue from January 2017. Not just because Vogue is the ultimate arbiter of style and fashion and we love and swear by it, but because it will drive customers to you, our retailers. We hope then, that we can look forward to, and share with you, a very fruitful 2017.

Six of the best

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Every delicious side of our distinctive, hexagonal Chapiteau is adorned with diamonds, dripping with jewels, its shape alone a decadent ode to the drama and flamboyance of Versailles. Add to that the rainbow of precious stones it holds, and the Chapiteau is nothing short of show-stopping, a collection to help you shine on any occasion.

From snow-bright white diamonds to warm, seductive chocolaty brown diamonds, blood red rubies and sea-blue sapphires, the Chapiteau is spectacularly unrestrained. There’s formality in the hexagonal setting, but rich precious gems bring riotous colour to the unique design to make it a masterpiece of bohemian chic.

The Chapiteau de Paraiba takes it just that little bit further, and is a sure-fire way to achieve this season’s audacious look. Lavish and exuberant, the irresistible blue Paraiba tourmaline is surrounded by a coterie of glimmering pink stones, framed with mint green tourmaline and an abundance of diamonds.

And it’s not just a statement piece – its stately, elegant shape, its grace and poise, lend it perfectly to engagement and wedding rings, too. Replace those lush gemstones with pure, flawless white diamonds and the Chapiteau becomes a grand romantic gesture – a dazzling, six-sided dedication to love.

We’ve topped off the Chapiteau collection with a spectacular translation of the theme into earrings, set in luxuriant 18ct yellow gold. Graceful and fine, but abundant with glimmering stones and vivid colour, two hexagonal frames are adorned with a cocktail of sapphires, tsavorites and diamonds. And for occasions that call for a little less drama, the second hexagon is detachable – opulent and adaptable!

What to wear – A/W 2016-17

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There’s a theme emerging from the fashion shows this season…it’s brave, it’s bright, it’s what Vogue Paris has called ‘the audacious’. From lush fabrics to bold, angular shapes; from eye-popping colour to unique, oversized statement pieces, this season might push us from our comfort zones, but if we dare to wear it like we mean it, we might just pull it off beautifully…

Are you faux real?

If Harpers Bazaar is tipping faux fur as a seasonal favourite, we think it’s time to search out some vintage winners. Look for toppers and collars to give a warm, seductive touch to winterwear. Shamelessly faux and ever so furry, this season’s collections feature everything from classic natural shades to flamboyant leopard-skin print and brightly coloured faux fur.

Velvet revolution

A trend that will prove irresistible to the touch, velvet is everywhere this season and there’s not a hint of the fusty about it, with designers giving velvet a comprehensive makeover in sharp, tailored jackets and perfect pencils. Vogue reports that velvet dresses were the stars of many a collection at recent fashion weeks: ruched and sexy at Preen, classic and ladylike at Prada, darkly alluring at Dries Van Noten.

Fairytale ending

Take note from fashion forward Unique Style Platform, which predicts a microtrend for AW 16/17 of surrealist motifs including pocket watches, vanity mirrors, candelabras, birds, butterflies, swans and kissable lips. You’ll find these adorning knitwear, dresses and separates offering a wealth of whimsical inspiration.

Oversize me

Earlier in the year, we predicted the oversized earring would be a huge hit, and the trend for larger than life accessories look set to continue throughout AW 16/17. Jumbo earrings were on every catwalk, from giant drops at Marni and huge metallic discs at Céline, to blown-up safety pins at Balenciaga and acrylic flashes at Stella McCartney, in eye-catching shoulder-length drops, often worn only on one ear.

Pink goes pop

The colour-crazy amongst us should look for inspiration from Prada, Jil Sander and Gucci – all of whom blinded front row fashion week attendees with pinks ranging from blush rose to startling magenta. Embrace a season of femininity and live La Vie en Rose, twinning the velvet and the pinks trend for the ultimate seasonal outfit.

All you need, is audacity…

The only way to wear the riot of mauve and pink, electro furs, couture red and glitter lurex that deluged the runways in the fashion capitals, is with confidence. After a summer season rooted in 1990s minimalism, winter brings a welcome shot of color on sharp shoulders, corsetted waists and oversized streetwear. Be daring, feel audacious, explore the trends and get ready to rock an explosive silhouette.

A time to shine

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A well-chosen piece of beautiful jewellery is a gift that will forever give – something to be cherished and enjoyed for a lifetime. This Christmas, choose a gift that will shine on – jewellery conceived and crafted into unique pieces of precision-designed chic, by renowned international award-winning designer, Andrew Geoghegan. Here we bring you the seasonal best – stunning jewellery just made for this magical time of year.

Want to be the talk of cocktail season? Choose our flamboyant ode to Versailles, the breathtaking Chapiteau Paraiba, with its lavish flurry of pink sapphires, aquamarines and pristine diamonds with a distinctive hexagonal setting. Bold, alluring, and timeless, this is quite possibly all the cocktail jewellery you’ll ever need.

As a token of love this Christmas, give the incredibly special Clair de Lune ring. With a unique shape, playfully tricking the eye, it allows light to bounce from every facet of each gorgeous stone. Set with pristine-white diamonds, sapphires, chocolate coloured diamonds or rubies – somewhere in this collection, you’ll find the perfect gift. Or the mesmerising, unique Satellite, which sets a halo of bright white diamonds around a captivating gemstone, balanced with a lone diamond. Beautifully crafted using a variety of gemstones, this is a versatile family of pieces, each of which would be a gift to treasure forever.

If you’re planning on making this the most romantic of festive seasons, the Andrew Geoghegan engagement collection is a series of beautiful reasons to say yes. The bubbling stream of fine, intricately cut diamonds set on the Cannelé des Cévennes is designed to capture every change of light, a simple but beautifully bold ring. The setting of the Embrace ring gently holds an exquisitely cut stone above a stream of diamonds coursing along its platinum band. And the classic, elegant Cannelé Trois places three brilliant-cut diamonds in amongst a cluster of intricately cut stones, set in gently fluted platinum. You’ll find these and other flawless creations in the engagement collection.