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Left: Halle Berry, Sela Ward, Kristin Davis and Angie Harmon show off diamond line bracelets presented in recognition of their star style by the editors of WWD, at last year's Emmy party in Los Angeles hosted by

Above images: Diamond line bracelets, images courtesy the Diamond Information Center, part of J. Walter Thompson. Fourth from top: Courtesy Bottom: Diamond line bracelet by Gem Platinum set in 18-carat white gold containing 48 round cut diamonds with a total carat weight of 4·6 cts.

URING the fall shows at Bryant Park last February, in addition to black being the dominant colour of choice; accessories also made a strong showing. There were so many new and different variations on the common bag and belt; there’s one that suits every customer seeking to update her wardrobe. More importantly, jewellery, specifically diamonds were all over the runways.
   Models in the Sean John show wore a million dollars worth of diamond dog chokers, buckles and chains from Diamond Quasar’s Jacob the Jeweler. Anne Bowen borrowed 20 mesh necklaces from H. Stern to use as the basis of her finalé evening dress. Ralph Lauren complemented his designs with diamond pendants, nineteenth-century vintage diamond rivière necklaces and a diamond bead necklace (valued at $1·5 million) from Fred Leighton. As did Richard Tyler, whose loaners included vintage broaches, hatpins, nineteenth-century diamond chokers and a tiara (valued at $2 million) from the above-mentioned Mr Leighton. Paula Hian used over-sized cognac-coloured diamond cocktail rings designed by Craig Drake. Zang Toi hit the jackpot with over $5 million worth of diamond line bracelets, broaches and Déco-style cigar band rings from
   Cynthia Steffe said it best: ‘If you are showing luxury [clothing], you can’t do it without adding diamonds.’ She used avant-garde jewellery from H. Stern to complement her diaphanous beaded gowns and tuxedo evening wear, including diamond line earrings set in white gold valued at $2 million.
   The Diamond Information Center sponsored a mini showcase of diamond line bracelets in the Moët & Chandon Lounge at the Tents. The Diamond Information Center was launched in 1972, and conducts public relations activities on behalf of the Diamond Trading Company, the marketing and selling arm of the internationally famous DeBeers Group. Among its many public relations activities, the DIC helped to support the American Museum of Natural History in its development of their "Nature of Diamonds" exhibition. This exhibition, which was on display from November 1, 1997 through August 30, 1998, was the most comprehensive exhibition ever mounted on the subject of diamonds (and a huge success with the art critics and public alike). The DIC also hosted the Diamonds Are Forever Millennium Celebration, with the proceeds benefiting the Liz Tiberis Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
   The on-site mini-showcase of bracelets highlighted designs from, Viktor & Rolf, William Goldberg, Fortunoff, Alexander Primak and Roberto Coin. The Viktor & Rolf design—made all the more special with a tiny white gold bell at the clasp—is sold exclusively through Barney’s New York and was included in the celebrity gift bags given out at the VH1/Vogue Awards held in New York City last October. The pieces on exhibition ranged in carat weight from D’Annunzio’s 3·25 ct to Siegelson’s whopping 38·08 ct. Popular designs featured a one-diamond shape or a mixture of shapes and always set in white gold or platinum.
   ‘Today’s woman wants accessories that expresses their personal style, which can be worn everyday and for every occasion,’ explains Joan Parker, Director of the DIC in New York. ‘The diamond line bracelet is the perfect choice because it says luxury without being flashy.’
   With fall shaping up to being one long extended mourning period, I couldn’t agree more. A little flash of brilliance on the wrist is almost certain to lighten up any woman’s mood. Phillip D. Johnson

Phillip D. Johnson is features' editor of Lucire.

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