FrontRunners: Forces Of Nature

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Some couples are blessed with chemical attraction; others are drawn together by the magnetic force of Steven Kretchmer’s Polarium jewelry (888.746.4753, www.stevenkretchmer.com). The New York designer and metallurgist spent more than 15 years developing Polarium, a platinum alloy with a polarized force field that attracts (or repels) metal, and his jewelry collection makes the most of the material’s magnetic qualities: Wedding bands pull toward one another, diamond disks appear to levitate around linear earrings, and a set of rings reveals a hidden inscribed message when pulled apart. “It’s an extremely romantic concept,” says the alloy’s creator. “Polarium gives life to jewelry by enabling inanimate objects to move.”

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The London jeweler employs rare fossilized wood to create her pieces…
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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
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New butterfly designs from some of the world’s most esteemed jewelers take flight for summer…