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Gilbert Albert Takes Manhattan

Tanya Dukes

In a career spanning more than 60 years, Gilbert Albert has cultivated a global following for his artistic approach to contemporary fine jewelry. That reputation is bound to grow with the opening of a lavish boutique on 57th Street in New York City, just steps from Fifth Avenue. The location is Albert’s fourth, joining a roster of boutiques in Geneva, Zurich, and Moscow (a fifth location, in Paris, has also just opened). Throughout the enormous new three-floor space, customers will find exceptional one-off couture pieces, gem-studded objets, and the designer’s original sketches on display. A survey of the collection is an education in nature’s diversity. Albert uses traditional jewelry materials in his pieces—gold, silver, diamonds, rubies—along with unexpected elements like fulgurites, meteorites, and fossils. These one-of-a-kind designs are largely crafted into organic shapes that reveal the inspiration he takes from the natural world. Prices start at $700 for silver rings with interchangeable stones and reach more than $5 million for a clock in gold, tourmalines, emeralds and pearls. (212.888.3232, http://www.gilbertalbert.com/

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