When jewelry designer Diane Kordas asked her longtime husband what he remembers most about their first meeting, he replied, “your scent.” That inspired the designer to create her gold-and-diamond perfume-amulet pendants that come on velvet or leather chokers. “The amulet can be filled with one’s own personal scent or a lover’s scent; it is a memory connector linked to our emotional system,” says the London-based designer. Kordas is among a group of female jewelry designers who started creating statement pieces they could wear every day with jeans and a T-shirt. Madonna was among her first customers, which Kordas says confirmed she was onto something.
The Diane Kordas collection, priced mainly from $1,500 to $5,000, includes gold-and-diamond necklaces, pop-art statements in colored gems, and colorful earrings. Here she lists the five key items every woman should have in their jewelry wardrobe.
“My diamond-bar hoop earrings work from day to evening easily. I wear the gold hoops during the day and attach the long diamond bar for a more evening sensibility.”
“I love having a piece of colorful jewelry, such as my new beaded long necklaces in turquoise, agate, malachite, and tiger eye. Color is a fun way to reinvigorate any outfit.”
“It’s important to have a simple piece of jewelry you wear all the time. My Shooting Star and Diamond Heartbeat pendants along with my Cosmos charm rings are easy and light yet have a strong impact because they have diamonds.”
“My diamond bar choker is a definite staple as it is simplistic and symmetrical, referencing modernism; therefore, it never dates. It’s seriously cool.”
“A meaningful and personal piece of jewelry such as my perfume amulet. It encases something very personal, and the beauty of capturing a personal scent in an amulet links the essence of fragrance to the jewelry.”