FrontRunners: Leaving the Nest

    After 20 years designing jewelry for Tiffany & Co. and David Yurman, among others, Ward Kelvin struck out on his own in 2009 with American Chinoise (www.wardkelvin.com). For this collection, Kelvin drew inspiration from Chinese motifs, including calligraphic flourishes and traditional wood joinery, creating Asian-influenced designs with a bold American sensibility. The Bamboo Nest cocktail ring (shown, $12,350) comprises gold-and-diamond bamboolike rods supporting a large green tourmaline cabochon. "I strive to make my jewelry look effortless and slightly imperfect, so it appears closer to nature than man-made," rel="nofollow" says Kelvin. He begins each design with sketches and works closely with local jewelers and sculptors to forge every piece by hand.

    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...
    The jewelers combine shark teeth with traditional materials…