Best of the Best 2013: Jewelry: Use of Color: Sharon Khazzam

When Sharon Khazzam designs a piece of jewelry, she begins with a palette made up of the thousands of colorful gemstones stored in her Long Island studio. Like a painter, Khazzam selects stones with the perfect hues—rather than those with the highest intrinsic values—to create one-of-a-kind designs with natural harmony. “It takes days, weeks, and sometimes months to assemble the stones for a single necklace,” she says. Indeed, she spent several months choosing the ideal combination for this example, which incorporates more than 500 carats of lemon citrines, including a 168-carat, marquis-cut center stone. Set off by green tourmaline drops and black and white diamonds, the citrines in this piece form an almost fluid cascade. (516.570.2663, www.sharonkhazzam.com)