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Jewelry is meant to be worn—to add the finishing panache to a look. And it says so much about the wearer, revealing sparkly, gleaming clues about her personality. Big showy pieces announce a certain self-confidence. Thin, delicate pieces reflect our inner glow. Personally, I welcome both styles to my jewelry wardrobe, which is why when I walk the big jewelry shows I end up coveting just about everything. And this year was no exception. There were so many drool-worthy pieces that stopped me in my tracks, inviting me to talk to the designers and find out what inspired their art. I wish I could show you everything that became an Instagram darling for our site (@davidperryandassociates), but here I have curated what to me was just some of the best in the 2018 jewelry shows, including the beyond-spectacular diamond and sapphire hoops by VTSE,  shown above. —Sue Perry

 

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Who wouldn’t want to wrap her wrists in pink sapphires. This cuff by Sandra Leong is truly to die for!

 

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Yellow gold and yellow diamonds make the perfect couple for this be-still-my-heart ring from VTSE.

 

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Like jumping into a warm, tropical sea—this gemstone pendant by Benjamin Javaheri of Uneek Jewelry stopped me in my tracks at the AGTA Spectrum awards.

 

 

 

 

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It only looks like a stack; this is actually one fabulous statement ring from Susan Helmich.