Gilded Age

Italy has long been a land of exceptional jewelry, a country of unique regions with their own enduring styles. Many of today’s Italian masterworks, including pieces of woven or coiled gold articulated in bold designs and whimsical forms, reflect the nation’s rich goldsmithing history—but with a distinctly contemporary bent. These highly original creations depict a diverse […]

Front Runners September 2015: Gray Matters

A uniform set of high-quality, richly colored gray moonstones is a rare find. The designer Katherine Jetter ( discovered the stones used for the necklace shown here (top, price upon request) at last winter’s Tucson Gem Show and paired them with a multicolored opal. The opal weighs 33 carats and is set in gold with […]

Bright Lines, Dark Metal

An inventive new aesthetic has permeated fine jewelry design—a penchant for sleek silhouettes defined in dark-finished metals and highlighted with boldly positioned, intriguing stones. These elegantly edgy pieces, which range from intricate, diamond-studded spider earrings to a spiked ruby ring, present even the most precious gemstones in daring, spirited configurations that play on contrasts between darkness […]