Category: Design of the Times

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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Design of the Times: Robin Haley

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Southern California native Robin Haley has been making jewelry for over 35 years, and it all started with an apprenticeship in Fine Gold Jewelry upon graduation from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise. Three years after her apprenticeship, she started her own business, and within five years she was selling her works to Nordstrom, Fred Segel, Warner Brothers’ and Bubank Studios. Today, she and her team can be found in Nashville, Tennessee, where all of the jewelry is constructed by hand – custom and made-to-order for each customer – with recycled metals, conflict-free gemstones and African Glass Beads that…


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Design of the Times: Brooke Gregson

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Known for her original creations and unmistakable use of color and craftsmanship, Brooke Gregson is a Los Angeles born designer moving onto her 14th year of designing jewelry. Gregson focuses on attention to detail, the craft of creating jewelry itself and the meaning and purpose of her jewelry to each customer. A lover of jewelry and art at a young age, Gregson studied Art History and Geology in college before later delving into designing and creating herself. Today, she offers seasonal Fine Jewelry collections, along with Astrology necklaces with diamond constellations. Her signature layering style is created through her hand…


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