The Best of the Best 2003: Undiscovered Bests - Vhernier

<< Back to Robb Report, June 2003

When Vhernier introduced its jewelry at New York’s Bergdorf Goodman in March, even the store’s most urbane clientele could not help but take notice of the colorful, innovative, and daring new designs.

The Italian jeweler is known in Europe for original ideas such as a gold tubular bracelet that, when curved around the wrist, separates between sections to reveal thin slices of colorful gems encased within the metal. In another clever concept, Vhernier layers stones such as coral or chrysoprase with a sliver of translucent mother-of-pearl for an intriguing effect.

 

Vhernier’s four designers are constantly exploring new jewelry-making techniques and searching for unusual gems. Among the current favorites are ebony, coral, and kogolong, a smooth, milky white volcanic stone. The company relies on only one Italian artist, who works from his own studio, to carve its uniquely shaped rock crystal rings and brooches, one of which can take several days to produce. With a new store in Milan and a growing client list in the United States, Vhernier will soon need to step up the pace of its production.

Vhernier, 212.570.6065

From Around the Web...
Cadar’s Endless cocktail ring in polished 18-karat gold with diamonds ($12,750)
Five jewelers use shiny gold as their canvas for sculptural new designs…
Foxfire diamond 187-carats
The massive 187-carat gem embarks on a worldwide tour this summer…
These Indian innovators are reimagining traditional styles for modern tastes…
59-carat Pink Star diamond
The Pink Star stands to break a world record when it crosses the block in April…
These bright designs are bursting with color and life…
Hemmerle's jeweled rectangular earrings with a 19th century micro mosaic portrait of an Egyptian Pharoah
A look at the top designs unveiled at one of the world’s most prestigious art and antiques event…
Designer Bina Goenka’s pink-pearl designs are a labor of love, and great persistence…
K. Brunini Jewels
The SoCal-based artist talks connecting to gems, the power of earthly wonders, and more…
This Swiss jewelry house risks shattering its most brilliant gems to create exceptional designs…
A deceptive gem, which has a beauty all its own…