Front Runners: Bali High

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While vacationing in the idyllic islands of Indonesia, Carolyn Tyler (805.965.4445, www.carolyntyler.com), like many travelers, fell in love with Bali’s natural beauty, culture, and artisanal heritage. However, unlike most tourists, Tyler soon packed her belongings and moved to Bali to pursue a career designing jewelry that would reflect her new surroundings.

Among her signature designs is the Fishnet necklace, an intricate gold net featuring an array of stones ranging from keshi pearls to rose-cut diamonds. Each one-of-a-kind necklace is handmade using a variety of gems, including fiery Mexican opals and various hued tourmalines. Her collection also features ammolite, an iridescent stone in a rainbow of colors that is the 70-million-year-old fossil of a mollusk. “I strive to add a bit of intrigue to jewelry design,” she explains, “with unique gems and designs that combine Western aesthetics and Asian sensitivity.” 

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Photo by Michael Oldford
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