FrontRunners: Cultured Clash

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The pearl, an enduring emblem of grace, is displaying its edgy side in contemporary jewelry designs. The striking new pieces shown here employ dark jewels or rough metal to set off the pearls’ smooth luster. Theresa Bruno of Jordan Alexander (www.jordanalexanderjewelry.com) dyes pearls and slices them in half to create pieces such as navy pearl earrings with Peruvian opals, peridots, pink sapphires, and silver ($6,480). Marco Bicego (www.marcobicego.com) has interspersed black Tahitian pearls with black diamonds to form a graceful strand necklace ($20,490). Julia Shlovsky (www.juliashlovsky.com) has suspended an elegant South Sea cultured pearl set with white diamonds on an oversize necklace of oxidized silver links ($14,895). And Mastoloni (www.mastoloni.com) showcases a South Sea cultured pearl in a ring with a black- and white-diamond setting ($19,800).

The internally flawless type IIa stone is one of the largest and rarest in existence…
The Milanese jeweler celebrated the opening with one-off jewelry pieces inspired by paintings…
The London jeweler uses baguette-cut gemstones to echo the film’s neon-lit buildings…
The store is located inside the Peninsula Hotel in the 16th arrondissement…
Photo by Matthias Hoffmann
The 13-piece collection will be on display in cities around the globe in the coming months…
Photo by Jasper Johal
Jessica McCormack’s Victorian townhouse looks like a tasteful private residence in London’s posh...
The jewelry in the new Louis Vuitton Emprise Collection feature streamlined rectangular shapes that...
Lisa Charles Watson, styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
The understated, masculine style of Shamballa Jewels’ macramé bracelets (www.shamballajewels.com)...
Photo by Lisa Charles Watson, styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
Made from 150-million-year-old fossilized dinosaur bone, this Monique Péan necklace (www....
Photo by Bernhard Rampf
Nature’s Jewels collection by Hemmerle appears to have been foraged in the woods rather than cast...