Category: Design of the Times

Design of the Times: John Atencio

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This month, we got the chance to speak with John Atencio, who has designed fine jewelry in Colorado for more than 40 years. It all started when he was a business student at Colorado State University and wanted to give his girlfriend a ring. Little did he know this would be the launch of a newfound passion and his own jewelry brand. He made his girlfriend’s ring himself out of silver and since then, has designed thousands of more pieces of jewelry. Atencio hand designs each of the brand’s pieces of fine jewelry to ensure the creation of something distinctive,…


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Design of the Times: Ladan & Tania Shayan, SHAY

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Launched in 2002, SHAY is an eclectic fine jewelry brand that celebrates the different sides of a woman’s personality. Los Angeles native mother-daughter duo Ladan and Tania Shayan has created a collection of sophisticated and classic styles that do not sacrifice fun and glamor. The duo has channeled its passion of runway fashion and laid-back California style into handmade jewelry made from precious diamonds and gemstones set in 18-karat gold and platinum. These pieces are made to be stacked, layered, and mixed-and-matched for a versatile jewelry collection that can go from the office to a night out. Below, the designers…


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Design of the Times: Jennifer Dawes, Jennifer Dawes Design

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Launched in 2000, Jennifer Dawes Design is a conscientious jewelry brand helmed by independent designer Jennifer Dawes, who specializes in sustainable jewelry. She has become known for her organic diamond designs as well as her collections featuring colored gemstones in raw and slice form. You’ll find Dawes in the Design@LUXURY pavilion—a curated section of designers housed within the LUXURY show at JCK Las Vegas. Below, Dawes schools us on sustainable jewelry, knowing and loving your customer, and what’s in store at JCK Las Vegas. You launched your brand in 2000, when independent designers and sustainable jewelry were less in-demand. Have…


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Design of the Times: Federica Chimento, Chimento

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When you think Italian jewelry, you might imagine rich, gold design. Chimento, a 50-plus-year-old family jeweler, epitomizes that vision, mixing tradition with a modern, stylish touch. You’ll find a variety of bracelets, rings, and pendants in an assortment of collections, ranging from Bamboo—its aesthetic mirrors its name—to Stardust, with diamond-dotted designs. Don’t miss Chimento in the Prestige pavilion of JCK’s LUXURY show this year. Its glinting gold designs are sure to attract retailers from all over the world. Here, Federica Chimento, president of Chimento, talks family history, Italian design, and JCK LUXURY. Tell us about the Chimento family and your…


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Design of the Times: Dorian & Rose, M. Spalten, Avigdor

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Get to know some of your JCK Design Center designers! Tigren Dorian, Dorian & Rose Showing off a range of miraculous jewels designed and handcrafted in Los Angeles, Dorian & Rose is irresistible to anyone with an affinity for gold and diamonds—or, really, to anyone who likes jewelry. The family-owned brand’s artisan treasures are hefty creations, substantial in both craftsmanship and style, and decked mostly in diamonds, though you’ll also find colored gemstone goods. Give us an idea of your design process—what are your inspirations, and how long does it take to realize a new creation? Tigren Dorian: The thought…


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