Lia Sophia Jewelry Introduces Their 2009 Spring & Summer Collection

After its long awaited debut, the curtain was finally lifted on the new Lia Sophia Jewelry spring and summer collection at their annual conference in Milwaukee and just like their other collections, its literally filled with surprises. To begin with, its massive as it takes a full 69 page catalog to cover the entire collection, so needless to say theres plenty to pick and choose from.

This genuine turquoise & sodalite stretch bracelet is heavy with American Southwest overtones

This genuine turquoise & sodalite stretch bracelet is heavy with American Southwest overtones

One needs not look long to see the obvious Asian influences in this unique set that features genuine Jade paied up with amber glass and green resin beads

One needs not look far to see the obvious Asian influences in this unique set that features genuine Jade paired up with amber glass and green resin beads

At the same time, the level of artistry that has gone into creating this newest jewelry compilation is extraordinarily high, yet with prices that are still very affordable. Also one thing that is very apparent about this new collection, is that the influences that were the inspiration for the individual pieces are far more eclectic than in other previous Lia Sophia Jewelry collections.

For instance there seems to be an obvious ancient Middle Eastern flavor to many of the pieces that incorporate darker metal tones and rich smoky colored stones in geometrical arrangements that look almost Byzantine in origin. Flip the page and your presented with genuine turquoise set in sterling silver that has obvious South Western Native American overtones.

This "busy" jewelry ensemble pulls its colors and forms right off the beaches of the Caribbean Islands

This "busy" ensemble pulls its colors and forms right off the beaches of the Caribbean Islands

A stellar example of the fluid form featured in so many of the peices in this collection

A stellar example of the fluid form featured in so many of the peices in this collection

At the same time there are several pieces in the collection that use turquoise and silver in a completely modern, fully contemporary manner. They tend to combine smooth, almost liquid forms with abrupt geometric angles in contrasts in form that one can't help but be drawn to.

The Asian-esque pieces towards the front of the of the catalog are truly eye candy. Rich, milky green, genuine hand carved jade is arranged with glass and resin beads in a stunning necklace earing set that can easily serve double duty accessorizing both casual daytime and formal nighttime wear!

Towards the end of the catalog more of the cut crystal pieces are featured and the darker purples with obvious Spanish/ Mediterranean influences and overtones are nothing short of fantastic. Once again theres a heavy reliance on classical and nouveau geometry that combines flowing, circular forms and textures with abrupt angles that are often smoothed off for a unique effect thats truly eye catching.

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