FrontRunners: Rough Cuts

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Dressed in a t-shirt and jeans, accented with layers of her own handmade gold chains and colorful jewels, Irene Neuwirth (www.ireneneuwirth.com; available at Barneys New York, 212.826.8900) embodies her jewelry-making style.
 
The 28-year-old designer, who began making beaded jewelry for Barneys New York four years ago, prefers the natural look of rough diamonds, rubies, and emeralds to more conventional, precision-cut gemstones. Recently, Neuwirth segued into one-of-a-kind pieces that feature significant gemstones set in 18-karat gold. She searches the market for irregular stones with intriguing inclusions or imperfections for her nature-inspired designs, which include an orange spessartite garnet floral suite with Peruvian opal leaves and rose-cut diamonds.

The jewelry house Miseno is named for an ancient city said to magically bring joy to its residents…
Davies takes an ancient Greek jewelry technique and makes it fresh and modern…
Rough-cut diamonds give a fresh twist to the latest creations from De Beers…
The designer crafted a collection of fine jewelry that is both timeless and cutting-edge…
First popular during the 1920s, big, bold cocktail rings are making a comeback…
Jewelers Alex Soldier, Coomi, Pasquale Bruni, and others are getting back in touch with nature…
These designs dazzle with simple shapes presented in extravagant ways…
Photo by Michael Oldford
Assael’s diamond-and-rare-pearl jewelry depicts and aids endangered animals…
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…