FrontRunners: Animal Attraction
The bracelet, ring, and earring designs in Brazilian jeweler H. Stern’s new Ancient America Collection (www.hstern.net) subtly represent animals that were symbolic to pre-Columbian cultures. The pieces are priced from $990 to $81,700. Serpents, which symbolize rebirth, are expressed as sinuous rings and bracelets crafted in "noble" rel="nofollow" gold (a gold alloy created by the company) and adorned with cognac and black diamonds arranged to look like snakeskin. Rose-gold pieces are set with black and white pavé diamonds to evoke the spotted coat of a jaguar, an animal associated with strength and power.