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On a silver platter: A look at 2015’s biggest trends in silver jewellery

‘Dual’ tones

Although silver came on strong as an alternative to gold, the yellow metal is not to be forgotten entirely. In fact, designers are even turning to its rosier hue as a contrasting metal to silver, bringing a touch of European flare to a collection. Whether as an accent colour or plating, gold plays an important role in silver jewellery design.

Spanish manufacturer Jorge Revilla says it is adding a more luxurious look to its new silver collections by incorporating both 18-karat yellow and rose gold plate. “It is refreshing and speaks to the senses,” the company says.

Often referred to as vermeil, the gold-on-silver combination has been a growing trend over the last few years, as consumers look to maintain the precious metal content of plated jewellery.

Designer Frederic Duclos has been using gold as a plating material for the last few years, and sees no signs of it slowing down.

“Our pastel rose gold and sterling combinations have been very popular, and I feel that stronger colour combinations are emerging,” Duclos adds.

Canadian designer Hera Arkarakas says two-tone jewellery is not only luxurious, it also serves a very practical purpose. “Silver with 18-karat gold allows clients to combine their existing jewellery with new pieces,” she explains.

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