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Pendants for Independents


Airy openwork diamond pendants are high on jewelers’ shopping lists for 2008. When the 800-plus members of the Independent Jewelers Organization, the largest retail jeweler buying group, voted to select the 2008 “Master IJO Jeweler Exclusive Collection,” six of the 12 designs selected were large open pendants accented with diamonds.

Pieces are evaluated by IJO retailers during its summertime buying show on design, price point, and broad appeal. “Many designs come our way but few are chosen,” says Richard Swetz, IJO chairman.

The pieces selected for the collection will be available exclusively through IJO jewelers. In addition to being carried by IJO stores, the collection will be featured in the group’s ad slicks as well as a national public relations campaign.

The new designs include stylish variations on the circle pendant and other geometric shapes outlined in diamond pavé, many with touches of color, by Overnight, Cherie Dori, Kattan, Imperial, and Wilkerson & Associates. Leddel International’s airy tricolor gold “Journey” pendant was also selected.

Ring styles selected include a bold green amethyst ring by Simon Golub, a Journey diamond ring by Dangler Studios, a yellow and white diamond Deco-inspired ring by Interings, and a pavé and baguette band ring by Diamond Distributors.

The other two styles are necklaces: a dangling diamond station necklace by M.A. Reich & Company and a hammered gold link necklace by Aurafin Gold Jewelry.

Suggested manufacturer retail prices for the pieces selected this year range from $695 to $2,995. For more information about the Master IJO Jeweler Exclusive Collection or becoming a member, call (866) 400-1080 or visit www.masterjeweler.com. — Cheryl Kremkow


Blue topaz, diamond, and 14k gold pendant

Azure: Blue topaz, diamond, and 14k gold pendant by Overnight, suggested retail $895, (888) 222-2121.

18k gold and diamond pendant

Charmed: two-tone 18k gold and diamond pendant by Cherie Dori, suggested retail $2,995, (800) 226-8816.

14k gold spiraling double oval pendant with diamonds

Galaxy: 14k gold spiraling double oval pendant with diamonds by Wilkerson & Associates, suggested retail $2,995, (800) 673-4441.

14k gold twist pendant with diamonds and a freshwater pearl

Eternity: 14k gold twist pendant with diamonds and a freshwater pearl by Imperial, suggested retail $695, (800) 556-7738.

pink tourmaline and diamond in 14k gold pendant

Delicate: Pear-shaped pink tourmaline and diamond in 14k gold pendant by Kattan, suggested retail $1,495, (800) 528-8265.