FrontRunners: Forces Of Nature

Some couples are blessed with chemical attraction; others are drawn together by the magnetic force of Steven Kretchmer’s Polarium jewelry (888.746.4753, www.stevenkretchmer.com). The New York designer and metallurgist spent more than 15 years developing Polarium, a platinum alloy with a polarized force field that attracts (or repels) metal, and his jewelry collection makes the most of the material’s magnetic qualities: Wedding bands pull toward one another, diamond disks appear to levitate around linear earrings, and a set of rings reveals a hidden inscribed message when pulled apart. “It’s an extremely romantic concept,” says the alloy’s creator. “Polarium gives life to jewelry by enabling inanimate objects to move.”

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