FrontRunners April 2015: Beach Bounty
Inspired in part by the work of the New York jewelry legends Seaman Schepps and Fulco di Verdura, who used shells and other materials from the sea in many ornate designs in the 1940s and ’50s, the Parisian designer Marie-Hélène Loubrielle has launched the Shagreen & Tortoise collection of shell rings (shagreen-et-tortoise .com). The name of the collection refers to the ray skin and tortoiseshell that Schepps and di Verdura frequently used in their jewelry. Loubrielle’s rings combine seashells with 18-karat-gold vermeil and are set with rose-cut gemstones. They are priced from $1,650 to $1,900 and are available exclusively through Stone & Strand (stoneandstrand.com).