Jewelry and watch designers paint with a palette that ranges rom barely there crystal to intense red to create this season's wish list of vibrant treasures.

Abundantly CLEAR
From rock crystal to sapphire crystal to crystal glass, see-through elements infuse jewelry and watches with an ethereal modern sensibility. A member of the quartz family, rock crystal, in its purest form, can be carved and shaped to look like glass but is far stronger. At Chopard, diamonds freely float between plates of sapphire crystal, the extremely hard transparent material commonly used for fine watches. Add in a few translucent moonstones, and the futuristic direction of jewelry becomes clear.

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DAVID YURMAN Silver Ice Mosaic Cuff with white agate, moonstone, blue sapphire, moon quartz, and diamonds in 18-karat gold, $3,950,

BACCARAT Facettes sterling silver and crystal bracelet, $580, necklace, $900, 18-karat gold and crystal ring, $2,150, and sterling silver and crystal ring, $650,

JAQUET DROZ La Date Astrale watch, $37,000,

IVANKA TRUMP COLLECTION mixed-cut diamond and rock crystal earrings, $53,000,

VERDURA 18-karat gold and frosted rock crystal Rattan cufflinks, $1,595,

CHOPARD Happy Diamonds pendant with nine floating snowflakes, $30,300,

MISH New York Urchin Bubble Bracelet with moonstone cabochons and diamonds, price upon request,

LONGMIRE 18-karat white gold and rock crystal cufflinks, approximately $1,600,

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GOLD Standard
Warm gold is making a comeback as fashion designers channel both the 1940s and the 1980s on the runways this season. In addition to classic yellow shades, rose gold has been revived, particularly in timepieces. The pinkish hue results from upping the amount of copper in the metal alloy -- the more copper used, the deeper the reddish tone achieved. With gold prices recently hitting record levels, genuine gold offers intrinsic value in addition to imparting a sunny glow onto the skin.


AARON BASHA Couture Collection Serpentine necklace, $1,800,

IVANKA TRUMP COLLECTION 18-karat gold cuff with rock crystal, black spinels, and diamonds, $18,000,

DE GRISOGONO’s yellow gold and white diamond drop earrings, $7,200,

PARMIGIANI Kalparisma Ouranos 18-karat rose gold watch with white mother-of-pearl dial and diamonds, $40,600,

DANIELA SWAEBE 18-karat yellow gold and orange sapphire Gypchic ring, $3,200, and earrings, $4,600,

MARCO BICEGO 18-karat yellow gold Confetti Isola necklace with pavé diamonds, $10,730,

JACOB & CO. yellow gold plated Hourglass diamond cufflinks with a half-carat of floating diamonds, $14,000,

AUDEMARS PIGUET Royal Oak pink gold self-winding chronograph with date display and small seconds, $39,900,