Unapologetic, with grace and strength in equal measure. Wearing this jewelry displays to the outside world what lies inside. Each person who wears these pieces has triumphed over adversity. They are outspoken, question the norms, deflect their critics, and walk in uncharted territory.
If you are a rare diamond of woman making your way in the male-dominated semiconductor industry, you just might have a stash of unusual diamonds. Raw and uncut, colored with antique cuts, these are just a few pieces in her drawer full of bold Natasha Wozniak pieces.
For a travelling nurse, earrings of polar bear teeth (legally obtained and gifted to her), a dark antler motif, and star-like diamonds. A tribute to the ever-dark winters she spent with the indigenous population above the arctic circle.
Her writing enthralled me, and the first time I laid eyes on her, she stepped onto stage, draped in a snake….
Madly obsessive about technique…because why else would this bracelet have 63 individual pieces, and even more solder joints? The filigree was inlaid and soldered into the gold laminated silver sheet after it was pierced by a saw blade barely larger than a piece of hair. Only a couple of these bracelets exist, for obvious reasons.
Armored up, beautifully. It’s heavy, you definitely won’t forget you are wearing it, and nobody who meets you will fail to notice it. The love child of an Art Nouveau master and the local blacksmith, in silver, which has been subversively blackened.
Modern life is tough, why shouldn’t we wear jewelry that shows what warriors we are? Delicate and beautiful, yes, but make no mistake, we have this handled.
For the times when you want to channel Bjork, steal the show. Strange, rare, and likely imaginary flowering trees were plucked from the the wind-blown cliffside of a Tibetan thangka to adorn your neck.
Arms covered in swirling tattoos, with a toss of the locks that went all the way down his back, he told me “I want a bold ring, one that will make people notice and not forget me”. As if….this Haitian-born artist is far from a shrinking violet, and required a bold ring to match his unbound energy.
Gold and the rarest of gems. Emeralds from Columbia, pearls from the distant South Seas. Handmade techniques, drawn from inspiring jewels of antiquity. The collectors of luxe pieces know that they are sovereigns of their own lives and their individuality and spirit is expressed in a piece made just for them.
Calling Kate and Megan…oh wait, my mistake, this ring is for a QUEEN! A Columbian emerald as rare as anything you will find in the royal vault, with a design to match.
When it comes to a very serious devotee, only a Ganesh in 18K gold and rubies will do. Jai Jai!
Which one is not like the other? Four women, four distinct styles. Pink and yellow gold curlicues abound, while the ring platinum and diamonds is a rare turn towards minimalism.
Born of an obsession with positive and negative space and the elegance of curves, these kinetic earrings are beautiful from every direction. Wear you hair up, and the attention will come from all sides.
Playful and bright Brazilian tourmaline meets sculpted gold leaves. Can you hear the sounds of the birds in the rainforest? The sunlight filters through the canopy overhead, the green of the leaves so intense it imprints on your retinas…
I know, the gem looks like candy, you may even have the strange urge to lick it. This rubellite is so exquisite that it remained in the studio for multiple years, just to receive the admiration it deserved before being sent off to a suitable home.
Those pearls…somewhere in the South Pacific, an oyster spent 4 years making them. If you spot them on the owner, nod in appreciation of this little-known fact.
Which of your beloveds would earn a spot in this locket, next to your heart? Glimpses of the photo coyly peek out, as if from an intricately carved window in an ancient city.
“She’s not a diamond girl, and that is why she is perfect for me”, he had told me. We put the colored gems casually on the counter, but our host Peter was so darn awkward about the whole thing, that she figured out our scheme in a second. Thankfully, she said yes…and then picked out this Tsavorite garnet.
The directive was to liberate this tanzanite from a generic piece of commercial jewelry stuffed in a drawer. Having come to life from that bland setting, this gem now adorns the finger of the owner every day.
Jewelry visions rendered the old fashioned way in pencil and gouache paint. Each created with a specific persona or wearing in mind, to suit their physique, style and role they want to play in life.
Myth of Manjushri
An oil lamp sculpture created using the traditional lost-wax casting style of the Kathmandu Valley. Copper alloy with patina.