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

The historically inspired necklace is part of Boucheron’s new Bleu de Jodhpur collection…
The London jeweler employs rare fossilized wood to create her pieces…
Fresh designs take direction from a stage and screen icon…
The Floridian Lapidary favors bold stones with minimal metal embellishments to distract from them…
The exquisitely enigmatic gem shows its range in new designs…
A timeless gem is refreshed with extraordinary hues…
The New York–based jeweler prides himself on his nontraditional approach to jewelry design…
Photo by Emanuele Marietti
A fresh wave of jewelry elegantly emulates coastal flora and fauna…
A new jewelry collection reveals African roots with refined designs…
New butterfly designs from some of the world’s most esteemed jewelers take flight for summer…