The Couture show in Las Vegas last month identified current direction in the fine jewelrycommerce. Five of which bulged: one of a kind pieces, buildable or detachable drop earrings, pearls, opals and jade. Alternative styles are becoming popular in a positive slope while some styles trajected from last year. Michael O’Connor, jewelry expert and celebrity stylist, mentioned that the increasing use of pearls, jade, opals and other precious opaque stones are the result of Asian influence. Designers aiming to drop the prices during the struggling economy had an influence on the precious stone designs. The economic decline may have forced designers to dig deeper into their creativity and ask themselves how they can offer the consumer the ‘best value’. That question may have been answered.