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" 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.