That Design Life: Jewels Made By People You Want to Know

Farm-to-table. Small batch. Shop local. As more and more consumers demand to know not only where their goods are coming from but who is making them, designer jewelry (that is, jewelry truly dreamt up and realized by individual designers) is more important than ever. In a share-everything society, we often feel as if we know celebrities, athletes, and fashion designers, because we’re privy to an insider’s look at their lives (or at least, the lives they want us to see)—a rarity, if it existed at all, even 10 years ago.

But these jewelers—yes, you may call them celebrities, as it is argued that any artist famed for his or her craft is such—are people we may actually know, or at least feel as if we do through their works. Their design ethos prevalent in each creation—not merely a replica of a specific look or trend, but an individual take, or interpretation, of style—these jewels tell a story, and ask that the consumer build upon that story with years and years of love and wear.

Amy Glaswand

Lucina Edge cuff bracelets in sterling silver and 18k gold with 0.08 ct. t.w. baguette diamond, $1,540 each; Amy Glaswand

Arya Esha

Galaxy Mini Orbit earrings in recycled gold with 4.73 cts. t.w. lemon quartz and 1.01 cts. t.w. diamonds, $5,010; Arya Esha

Ayva Jewelry

Mimi earrings in 18k yellow gold with 0.25 ct. t.w. tsavorite and 0.35 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,200; Ayva Jewelry










Blackbird and the Snow

Full Moon necklace in antique-plated white gold with moonstone and diamonds, $1,410; Blackbird and the Snow

Dana Bronfman

Holly ring in 18k yellow gold with 1.1 cts. t.w. diamonds, $4,165; Dana Bronfman

Doryn Wallach

Normandie skinny cuff in 18k yellow gold with 0.3 ct. t.w. bezel-set and 0.62 ct. t.w. pavé-set diamonds, $7,500; Doryn Wallach










Fern Freeman

Necklace in 20k yellow gold and leather with water buffalo horn and 0.23 ct. t.w. diamonds, $4,840; Fern Freeman


Wild Gems bracelets in 18k gold and blackened sterling silver with bone, ebony, and diamonds, price on request; GuitaM

Johanna Brierley

Beach Stone stud earrings in 18k yellow gold with diamonds, $950; Johanna Brierley











Judi Powers

Stud earrings in 14k yellow gold with tourmaline slices, $1,195; Judi Powers

Martha Seely

Inspiro Ceres earrings in 14k yellow gold with hammer-faceted aquamarine and diamonds, price on request; Martha Seely

M Spalten Jewelry

Orbit bracelet in 18k yellow gold with 3.5 cts. t.w. peridot and 0.74 ct. t.w. pink sapphire, $4,260; M. Spalten Jewelry










Nina Nguyen

Legacy cuff bracelet in 14k and oxidized sterling silver with moonstone, $698; Nina Nguyen

Rebecca Hook

Aviary pendant in sterling silver with diamond, $131; Rebecca Hook

Rona Fisher

Skinny Pebbles ring in 18k yellow gold and palladium with cushion-cut ruby and 0.2 ct. t.w. rose-cut diamonds, $3,250; Rona Fisher










Susan Wheeler Design

Abstract Expressionist necklace in 18k yellow gold and deer suede with bicolor Mexican fire opal and diamonds, price on request; Susan Wheeler Design

Tanya Farah

Neo Classic Great Gatsby necklace in 18k gold with labradorite and 1.3 cts. t.w. diamonds, $7,260; Tanya Farah

TK Metal Arts

Crescence earrings in sterling silver/copper mokume and 18k gold/sterling bimetal with rose-cut natural diamonds, $1,460; TK Metal Arts



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