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Jewelry Designers

Too Many To Choose From

High fashion jewelry houses such as Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co. and Cartier, showed their most exciting pieces at the July couture shows.

One piece that really drew our attention was a Louis Vuitton “Apotheosis” cuff made from onyx stone, and outlined in white gold and accent diamonds.  In the center of the cuff, the white gold is edged in diamonds, forming three “V” shapes, each one engulfing the next.  Inside the smallest “V” and surrounded by diamonds is a tsavorite garnet prominently standing out with its bold green color.

Another eye-catching piece, from Tiffany, was a wide bangle in platinum, with princess-cut diamonds set so that the inter-space forms a diamond shape, and giving a more airy feel to the bracelet.

While Tiffany went for artistry, Cartier used a large Colombian emerald, surrounded by an octagonal shape made up of diamonds and white gold, to go for glam.  Sprouting from the emerald, is an anything-but-ordinary chain, with rectangular links made up of diamonds, which transitions half way around to green beads.

To see more of the elite designers’  couture shows sneak peeks of next season’s inspirations, go to:

Tiffany T

One of the world’s most famous jewelry companies, Tiffany & Co., has released their new collection, “Tiffany T”.   The collection’s notable style element is the inclusion of (at least) a pair of T’s into every piece.  A simple example of this form is a wide sterling silver cut-out ring, with two capital T`s, facing towards each other.   A more innovative use of Tiffany’s monogram is found in an 18k rose gold chain bracelet, where the links are T`s.  The bracelet also comes in sterling silver, for those that prefer a more neutral color and lower price point.

Tiffany & Co. was founded in 1837 by Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young, and slowly grew to become the world’s premier jeweler and America’s leading house of design.  Francesca Amfitheatrof, the Tiffany & Co. design director, says her inspiration for the collection came from the style of architecture in New York City: sleek and modern.  Although she views the Tiffany “T” as part of the continuing evolution of their legendary styled collections, it strikes us as pedestrian for the venerable retailer to move beyond its signature branding and color into outright incorporation of a brand image into its pieces.  While this approach has been used by Chanel, in this case, the block shape of the ‘T’ seems too reminiscent of the Tissot watch emblem to be considered truly original.

See more of the Tiffany ‘T’ Collection:

John Hardy and His Snakes

Yesterday, John Hardy, a designer famous for his Asian-themed jewelry, released a new piece to his Naga Collection.  The new piece continues the Naga theme with a snake head covered in black sapphire, with red sapphire eyes, at the end of a multi-coiled bracelet, which subtly gives a more snake-like feel.  The coils are sterling silver, painted over in a black enamel, with the design looking scaly, and slightly evil.

John Hardy, founder of his eponymous company in 1975, was inspired by earthly religions like Hinduism and Buddhism for his Naga collection.  Both religions believe in an entity that possesses the power to turn into a snake, the Naga.  In Hinduism, Nagas are considered to be protectors of the springs, wells and rivers, while in Buddhism there is a belief that they live in underground streams and protect treasure and gold.  John Hardy is also very environmentally conscious, having established his company’s slogan,   “Greener Every Day” with the goal that his company to become carbon neutral.

Find the newly added piece to the Naga Collection:

Viking Style

This week,  Moon Raven Designs, a small and unusual design studio, released a handful of new handmade jewelry pieces.  Moon Raven Designs’ style has a definite rustic and simultaneously on-the-edge look, notably with their animal styled pieces of jewelry.  One of the new pieces is a solid bronze ax pendant, about an inch long, with curved edges on a rusty black chain, which continues the theme of the ax.  This necklace will surely bring out your inner Viking.  Another new item is a small elephant pendant necklace which comes in solid bronze or silver plated.  Moon Raven Designs only made the elephant`s head, emphasizing and slightly enlarging the ears, while putting much detail into the trunk and tusks.

Michael Doyle founded Moon Raven Designs in 1974, and works with his daughter to create handmade and distinctive designs, unyielding in his vision of not following the “current fashion trends.”   Their inspiration comes from nature with a slightly ghoulish sense that makes their jewelry both unique and edgy.  Go ahead and be different by wearing one of their pieces.

Moon Raven Designs new items:

A Charming Autumn from Pandora

Pandora, the jewelry company most famously known for their make-your-own charm bracelet, released a sneak peak of their new Autumn Collection.  One of the pieces released is a silver clip with a five-petaled flower in black, outlined in cubic zirconia, perhaps representing the death of plants as the weather gets colder, transitioning from summer to fall.  A second piece in the collection continues the autumn theme with a silver ring splitting off in the front to form two branches with many silver leaves.

Pandora, founded in 1982, is recognized for its charms, bracelets, rings, earrings, and necklaces that allow you to mix and combine, creating and defining your personal style.  Pandora is most closely associated with the popularization of charm bracelets in recent years, but the idea of a charm bracelet dates back to ancient times.  Originally, charm bracelets were worn as a form of amulet to ward off evil spirits, evolving to a form of identification, a symbol of faith, and at the end of War World II, soldiers would bring back charms for their wives.  So if you will be away from your loved ones for some of the fall, buying a charm bracelet from Pandora may be just the way to express your love.

The Autumn Collection:

(to view the sneak-peak, you have to be a member of the website)

Leather and Crystal: A New Look from Swarovski

The famous jewelry and crystal manufacturer Swarovski has released their fall and winter collection, featuring Australian model Miranda Kerr.   With a focus on the younger and more fashion conscious consumer, a centerpiece of the collection is a bracelet that mixes a black leather strap with links of rose-gold and palladium.  The palladium loop is enhanced with pave crystals.  The contrast of the three textures and colors makes for a glamorous design.  The bracelet also comes with a beige leather strap, to create a completely different look.  The themes of rose-gold, crystal pave and leather recur throughout the collection.

Swarovski was founded in 1895, but it was not until 1977 that Swarovski branched off from being just a crystal cutting factory, to making their first jewelry collection. The Swarovski Company now has a large diversity of products including, crystal glass sculptures and miniatures, jewelry, home decor, and chandeliers.

To find more pieces in the Fall/Winter Collection:

On the Edge with Eddie Borgo

Eddie Borgo, a fairly recent newcomer to the jewelry design industry, released his Pre-Fall 2014 Collection today.  A notable highlight of the collection is a rose-gold-plated brass diamond-shaped link bracelet with oval matte grey agate hand-cut gemstones connecting the pieces together.  Another bracelet in the collection with an edgy, yet sophisticated, style features rose gold, with grey conical gemstones, in place of the seemingly ubiquitous fashion spikes, to give it a more formal look.

Eddie Borgo was founded in 2009, and within a year he was the runner up in the CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund, and by 2011 he received the CFDA Swarovski Award for Innovation in Accessory Design and became the first to win the CFDA / Vogue Tiffany & Co. Development Grant.  Even though Eddie Borgo is not yet one of the most widely recognized designers, his strong sense of style and his unique shape technique lend themselves to a modern style of jewelry that we feel will get even greater notice in the near future.

You can find his collection below:

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