Best of the Best 2012: Jewelry: Colored Gemstones: Martin Katz

When Beverly Hills designer Martin Katz meets with a gem dealer, he typically asks, "What do you have that is weird and different?" Rather than seeking traditional sapphires, diamonds, and rubies, Katz looks for unique colors and shapes, which he uses to create pieces that are coveted more for their glamour than for ostentation. This year, for example, he set a 2.56-carat ruby slightly off center in this alluring diamond ring, and he placed a cascade of tumbled red spinel stones amid white diamonds in this gold bracelet covered in blackened rhodium (prices upon request). "The black enhances the cherry red and gives the piece an edgy look," Katz says. Indeed, his ability to uncover great colored gemstones and show them off in elegant, contemporary designs is what makes him a Best of the Best winner. (310.276.7200, www.martinkatz.com)

The internally flawless type IIa stone is one of the largest and rarest in existence…
The Milanese jeweler celebrated the opening with one-off jewelry pieces inspired by paintings…
The London jeweler uses baguette-cut gemstones to echo the film’s neon-lit buildings…
The store is located inside the Peninsula Hotel in the 16th arrondissement…
Photo by Matthias Hoffmann
The 13-piece collection will be on display in cities around the globe in the coming months…
Photo by Jasper Johal
Jessica McCormack’s Victorian townhouse looks like a tasteful private residence in London’s posh...
The jewelry in the new Louis Vuitton Emprise Collection feature streamlined rectangular shapes that...
Photo by Lisa Charles Watson, styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
Made from 150-million-year-old fossilized dinosaur bone, this Monique Péan necklace (www....
Lisa Charles Watson, styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
The understated, masculine style of Shamballa Jewels’ macramé bracelets (www.shamballajewels.com)...
Photo by Bernhard Rampf
Nature’s Jewels collection by Hemmerle appears to have been foraged in the woods rather than cast...