Category: Design of the Times

Design of the Times: Amlé

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Italian jewelry brand Amlé is a concept that blends stylistic knowledge with careful cultural and artisan research. It aims to create pieces that combine international trends with ancient culture. Amlé joined us at JCK Tucson 2019 and we are very excited to have its striking and unique designs as part of Design @ Luxury this year as well! Check out a look inside the inspiration behind the brand before you see them in Las Vegas: How did your journey in the jewelry industry begin?I started by working with antique jewels. What was the initial inspiration for your brand?From an “ amletico”…


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Design of the Times: Barbela Design

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Michelle Bar is a New York City native who began her career in philanthropy after graduate school. Coming from a family of jewelers dating back to the 1930s in Belgium, Bar eventually found herself following the family tradition when she noticed a need for affordable yet stylish pieces of fine jewelry designed for the millennial woman. That’s when she decided to leave her corporate job, and in 2014, Barbela Design was born. Produced by its team of metal smiths in New York, Bar aims to create jewelry that becomes a staple in any woman’s wardrobe. Since its launch in 2014,…


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Design of the Times: Forge & Foundry

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Forge & Foundry got its name as a tribute to the humble beginnings of the fine jewelry we wear, and some of the techniques used are the same methods that peoples of the iron age used to create their own adornments. Each piece is handmade in New York City. Susan Mancuso, Forge & Foundry’s designer, finds inspiration in nature, creating beautiful jewelry from the earth’s elements by using hammers, carving tools and fire. Mancuso combines contemporary and historical designs with ancient jewelry techniques to form the unique offerings of Forge & Foundry, which we are excited to have at JCK…


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Design of the Times: L. Klein

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Lauren Klein designs her 18-karat gold collection for L. Klein with a fashion-forward approach to create timeless and elegant jewelry. She does this by combining historic Italian design techniques with her contemporary style, each piece handmade in Italy. With a signature “L” on every piece, Klein offers customers personal tokens of beauty and quality. Check out our conversation with the designer herself about her journey in the jewelry industry, a look into her design process, what we can expect to see from her at JCK Tucson 2019 and much more: How did your journey in the jewelry industry begin?After 14…


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Design of the Times: Kaali Designs

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Anit Dodhia, founder of Kaali Designs, grew up in a culturally rich Indian community in Momasa, Kenya, and spent a lot of his childhood at his family’s jewelry gallery. This is where he discovered his interest in gems, which would later turn into a passion that has shaped his career for the last 20 years. Today, after becoming a GIA Graduate Gemologist, Dodhia and his company, Kaali Designs – named after the Hindu Goddess Kali, a fierce and powerful warrior – are based in San Diego, CA, where the jewelry is handmade to personify the perfect union of art and…


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