Front Runners August 2015: Cluster Sampling

For each of his beaded jewelry designs, Chris Davies ( begins with a handmade 18-karat-gold setting that he covers with hundreds of gold beads woven together with fine steel threads to create a voluminous texture. “The clustered-bead patterns are from ancient jewelry,” says Davies, who is based in New York and studied art history and fashion design before becoming a goldsmith’s apprentice. His newest collection showcases bright-colored gemstones such as orange carnelian, pink sapphire, and green demantoid garnet. The lime-citrine-and-gold earrings shown here are priced at $8,950. 

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