facebook twitter pinterest instagram You Tube

Sharon Khazzam

Jill Newman

The turbulent economy does not appear to have tempered Sharon Khazzam’s characteristic creativity. Last November, the New York–based jewelry designer unveiled at Barneys New York an all-diamond series of unconventional designs with fancy colored stones—designs very much in keeping with the eclectic gemstone pieces for which she is known. "Diamonds are a traditional status symbol," Khazzam says, "and I’m giving them a sense of whimsy and playfulness."

The fanciful collection’s inaugural design—a necklace of 111 stones including unusual flat diamond slices and other rare diamonds in vibrant shades—was several years in the making, but not all of her one-offs take as long to craft. Most pieces come together in months or weeks, and each has its own story. The Stained Glass earrings, for instance, derive their name from Khazzam’s studied interpretation of the flat yellow slices that form a mosaic on each ornament. "The diamonds have a subtle shade of yellow," she explains, "but the light shines through them like a stained-glass window."

Other pieces attest Khazzam’s ability to create standout designs by pairing rare and common stones. Her new Twig bracelet is an unlikely mix of carved blue topaz and aquamarine, blue tourmaline, brown and beige Mississippi freshwater pearls, and rough diamonds; she spent more than six months uniting the components. Another design combines slices of watermelon tourmaline, bright fire opal, pink sapphire, and other gems with two hand-sculpted gold motifs that are actually concealed lockets.

When such hidden details catch her clients unawares, Khazzam knows she has done her job. "I love to have a little unexpected surprise in my pieces," she says. "It makes it more personal, and it always gives the wearer a smile."

Sharon Khazzam, 516.570.2663; collection available exclusively at Barneys New York, www.barneys.com

Read Next Article >>
Photo by Richard Goodbody, Inc.
A collection of historic ring designs dating back to the first century will be on display in New...
An exclusive collection of one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces for Robb Report readers.
Photo by Ilan Rubin
In the 1960s and early 1970s, when most society women wore understated jewelry—demure pearls and...
The New York jewelry artist fashions modern designs from antique fabrics dipped in metal…
Photo by Tom DuBrock
The Manhattan exhibit highlights vintage designs and items from the personal collection of Duke...
The Biennale des Antiquaires relocates some pieces to Harrods for two weeks…
Reed’s modern men’s jewelry is the focus of a new Venice Beach boutique…
Photo by Cartier
The French jeweler will exhibit a selection of its works this fall…
Photo by Michael Oldford
A one-of-kind design by Cindy Chao will cross the block this October…
The popular British jeweler debuts at Saks Fifth Avenue…