BEST of the BEST 2014 | Style |Jewelry | New Arrival: Vieri

    When Guya Merkle took over her father’s Zurich-based jewelry business, she transformed it from a respected manufacturer of pieces for other houses into its own brand name with a high-jewelry collection to rival those of any of its former clients. Rather than draw on traditional forms from past generations, the young designer forged daring new concepts, such as this collar and ring from the Clouds Collection. The pieces are made with polished nuggets of cloud-shaped rainbow quartz set in pink gold and accented with brown and white diamonds, blue and orange sapphires, garnets, blue topazes, citrines, and smoky quartz. Unveiled this year, Vieri’s collection—which is made exclusively with responsibly mined gold—sparkles with a radiance that is derived as much from the designer’s imagination as from the stones themselves. (+41.43.243.8723, www.vieri.com)

    These designs dazzle with simple shapes presented in extravagant ways…
    Photo by Michael Oldford
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    The London jeweler employs rare fossilized wood to create her pieces…
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    The Floridian Lapidary favors bold stones with minimal metal embellishments to distract from them…
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    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…