Category: Contemporary

Seed chic: jewels from the garden

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Botanical jewelry in the design gallery of the Philadelphia Flower Show, largest in the world, turns chickpeas into pearls and leaves to precious metal. Flower show jewels are judged not just on creativity but on how closely they replicate the real thing.

A little JAR for the ears: getting radical with pavé

JAR demantoid diamond spiral earclips

Who says a bespoke jewelry designer can’t be a rebel? Joel Arthur Rosenthal is proof that you can be both subversive and incredibly popular with the world’s uber-wealthy. Two examples of subtly radical JAR are going up for sale at…

Inspired by nature: Bruce Hartman

Pendant of carnelian, granules and diamonds, carved and fabricated by Bruce Hartman, finalist in the 2015 Niche Awards

Nature themes in jewelry date to ancient times, and the earliest jewelry known to man was made of found organic material. Nature is our original ornament and primary inspiration, but its influence on design is constantly morphing. Lately, jewelry artists…