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This Is the Hottest Color Combo of 2023


Now that the dust from Las Vegas Jewelry Week 2023 has settled, it’s easier to see one of the most obvious color themes that emerged at the JCK, Luxury, and Couture shows. And it has nothing to do with Barbie, the live-action movie (due out July 21) that has sent pink-hued jewels into the pop culture stratosphere this summer.

No, the theme that we saw in Vegas, and that we’re continuing to see into the fall, is a combination of two colors most jewelers know and love: blue and green. Call it an extension of last summer’s “coastal grandmother” trend or a reflection of the recent popularity of mermaidcore, but the ocean-inspired color pairing feels de rigueur.

What’s unique about the 2023 take on these colors is the wide variety of gems jewelers are choosing to create just the right blue and green matchup. Most designers—including Kim and Nicole Carosella of Sorellina and Lauren Kessler of Lauren K—have turned to faceted and cabochon examples of the usual suspects: lapis lazuli and sapphires to capture the blue side; tsavorite, malachite, and emeralds for the green.

But plenty of others are reaching for more unusual materials, such as opals, alexandrites, even hauyne (a sodalite mineral with a bright blue hue), to create a more nuanced palette. In Katherine Jetter’s case, it’s blue rhodium that lends her bangle bracelet below an electric vibe.

Whether the final piece leans pastel for a summery look, or incorporates saturated gems more appropriate for fall and winter, the consensus is the same: Jewelers are on a blue-green streak that shows no signs of slowing.

Lauren K earrings
Gypsy hoops in 18k gold with tsavorite and blue zircon, $5,650; Lauren K
Lord Jewelryring
Rock Candy ring in 18k yellow gold with 4.05 ct. sapphire, emeralds, diamonds, and enamel, $6,160; Lord Jewelry
Sorellina Malachite Lapis Alba Huggies
Capri inlay huggies in 18k yellow gold with lapis, malachite, and diamonds, $2,400; Sorellina


Mason Books Love Bug ring
Love Bug ring in 14k gold with tourmaline, lapis, and diamonds, $4,750; Mason and Books
Nigaam earrings
Earrings in 18k white gold with emeralds, opals, and diamonds, $53,996; Nigaam
Katherine Jetter bangle
Graffiti Emerald Origami bangle in 18k yellow gold with blue rhodium, 4.35 cts. emeralds, and diamonds, $22,400; Katherine Jetter at The Vault
Robinson Pelham ring
Arena ring in 14k yellow gold with green tourmaline and blue sapphire, £7,600 (about $9,750); Robinson Pelham
Mason Books Scatter hoops
Scattered Love hoops in 14k gold with turquoise, chrysoprase, pearl, and diamonds, $4,950; Mason and Books
Omi Prive necklace
Pendant necklace in 18k yellow gold with black rhodium, 13.09 ct. green tourmaline, 5.58 ct. moonstone, 0.38 ct. t.w. alexandrites, and 0.55 ct. t.w. diamonds, $27,000; Omi Privé
Vibrations in Water earrings in 18k gold with aquamarine, Swiss blue topaz, blue sapphire, and diamonds, $16,500; ARK Fine Jewelry

Top: Platinum ring with 2.48cct. cobalt blue spinel, 0.06 ct. t.w. hauyne, 0.28 ct. t.w. Paraiba tourmaline, and 0.22 ct. t.w. diamonds, $42,000; Omi Privé

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By: Victoria Gomelsky

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