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We have seen the future and it's not shiny. At a preview of new Italian gold designs that will be launched this month at the Vicenza fair, texture was the most important trend. Many of the new designs, chosen for the 2007 "Gold Expressions" collection, had not one but two or three surface treatments, often interspersed with polished elements adding even more contrast. And the more unusual the texture, the better: fingerprint whorls, patterns, diamond cut details, crushed textures, rough sandblasting with granulation, and other signature finishes added extra interest to the links that dominate current styles. Texture was especially important for new featherweight styles, to add richness without grams. In these new collections, beauty truly is skin-deep. Cheryl Kremkow

18k gold spiral necklace by Aretina Arte
Textured 18k gold spiral necklace by Aretina Arte for Gold Expressions, suggested retail $3,965. Available from Bel-Oro, (800) 886-7934, or Quality Gold, (800) 354-9833.