Robb Design Portfolio: Mineral Riches

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"You never know what’s inside a geode until you crack it open," says jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald (www.kimberlymcdonald.com; available at Bergdorf Goodman, 212.?753.7300). "Each rock is so distinctive; some sparkle, some bubble, and some appear like a rainbow of colors." Any visitor to a natural-history museum will recognize these rough rocks—black, gray, green, reddish-clay, and off-white—that, when sliced open, reveal internal cavities encrusted with crystal formations. But the miniature versions of these curiosities, which the New York–based McDonald discovered toward the end of 2006 while scouting stones for private clients, absolutely captivated her. "It’s unexpected to see an asteroid-looking rock set with precious diamonds and gold in a stylish design," rel="nofollow" observes McDonald, who develops the concepts for her pieces ($3,000–$95,000) according to the idiosyncrasies and unique characteristics of the individual stones.

The London jeweler employs rare fossilized wood to create her pieces…
Fresh designs take direction from a stage and screen icon…
The Floridian Lapidary favors bold stones with minimal metal embellishments to distract from them…
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
A fresh wave of jewelry elegantly emulates coastal flora and fauna…
A new jewelry collection reveals African roots with refined designs…
New butterfly designs from some of the world’s most esteemed jewelers take flight for summer…
The founder and designer Cindy Chaplin gives distinctive antiques new life…