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Natural Resources

Jill Newman

Photography by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner

Some of the most creative jewelry designers are exploring a wilder side of the natural world, combining elements from rough lava rock to liquid freshwater pearl with more traditional precious metals and stones. The results are as sensual, raw, and beautiful as nature itself.

Photo #1: Vhernier Trottola necklace in 18-karat rose gold and ebony, $20,000 (310. 273.2444, www.vhernier.com).

Photo #2: Tamsen Z freshwater baroque pearl ring, $43,200 (212.360.7840, www.tamsenz.com); Sharon Khazzam Twig bracelet constructed with freshwater stick pearls and 104 carats of stones including diamonds, blue tourmalines, and aquamarines, $43,600 (at Barneys New York, 212.826.8900, www.barneys.com); Russell Trusso freshwater pearl earrings set with 18-karat gold and diamonds, $9,200 (at Bergdorf Goodman, 212.872.2518, and Gump’s, 415.982.1616, www.gumps.com).

Photo #3: Elizabeth Locke black pyrite bead necklace, $2,500, with ammonite fossil pendant set in hand-hammered 19-karat gold, $2,650 (at Neiman Marcus, 800.937.9146); Tamsen Z opal and gold nugget necklace, $81,300 (212.360.7840, www.tamsenz.com).

Photo #4: From top: Yossi Harari lava necklace with a bead of “gilver” (gold layered with oxidized silver) and 24-karat gold, $2,630 (at Bergdorf Goodman, 212.872.2518); De Beers brown rough diamond Talisman ring surrounded by white and brown diamonds set in 18-karat gold, $21,200 (800.929.0889, www.debeers.com); Todd Reed rough diamond ring in 18-karat gold, $5,280 (303.442.6280, www.toddreed.com).

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Photo courtesy of The Forbes Collection, New York