Visions of Gold

  • Jorge Arango

When jeweler Liv Ballard started showing drawings of her designs to Italian goldsmiths, most of them scoffed outright, considering them too extravagant to be commercially viable. But Ballard was aiming higher than mere commercial success and persevered, eventually happening upon a craftsman from one of Rome’s most prominent goldsmith families to craft her pieces.

It’s easy to understand the skepticism. The gold-heavy pieces, which range from $3,000 to $55,000, require a high level of craftsmanship. The Cisterna collection involves pleating gold to create wave designs that allude to the Romans’ mastery over water (the cuff weighs in at more than a half pound). Much of the Caput Mundi collection, inspired by innate wanderlust, incorporates moving parts (a sapphire globe that spins, for instance). The fit of the rock-crystal dome that protects the gold-and-pavé-diamond star featured in the Cosmos ring and bracelet (the collection draws from cartography and navigation) must be impossibly precise. And the minute, classical, diamond-studded columns featured in the Motivi Romani collection, which plays with symbols found on Roman walls, are meticulously detailed. Ballard’s pieces, which can be customized, are available at Maxfield Los Angeles in West Hollywood, on 1stdibs.com, or through Ballard’s Web site. (www.livballard.com)

Read Next Article >>
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…
The collection comprises rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets…
Photo by Fung Tsang
The artist’s latest pieces blend intricate craftsmanship with eye-catching materials…
Photo by M.S. Rau Antiques
The Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show presents over $1 billion worth of offerings…