Couture International Jeweler’s own Victoria Gomelsky recently published yet another article in the illustrious International Herald Tribune. This well-respected, global edition of the New York Times produces some of the most thoughtful, provocative articles in the world and Ms. Gomelsky’s contribution, “Luxury Waits for No Recovery” was no exception. Highlighting the influx of bejeweled adornments that reach beyond the realm of mere “jewelry” but rather seamlessly meld fine jewelry with the historically stable accessories market. Couture jeweler David Yurman‘s new line of embellished sunglasses were sited, as were Roberto Coin’s 24k gold sneakers that launched during Couture 2008. All of these over-the-top accessories were placed in a larger historical perspective with the recollection of Cartier’s 1924 bejeweled cigarette case and the luxury houses’ consequent launch of a line of “exceptional accessories.”
Based on Ms. Gomelsky’s article, I think we can all look forward to seeing many of Couture jewelry designers launching hats, jeweled handbags, diamond encrusted perfume bottles and any other number of twists on every-day indulgences because, hey, if they’re asking for it, Couture jewelers will provide it!