“Beauty with a thought,” it’s a tagline that Swedish jeweler Efva Attling prides herself on. And her designs remain true to this notion. Most recently Attling was named the newest ambassador for the Hetrick-Martin Institute for LGBTQ youth.
After a tour of the HMI HQ in NYC, Attling felt inspired and proud to accept the request to become an ambassador, and went on to design a special necklace, from which 30% of proceeds will go to HMI.
The story behind the necklace is inspiring: Emma Green Tregaro, a high jumper, painted her nails in the colors of the rainbow flag, in protest of Russia’s anti-gay laws. She was later forced by the Swedish athletes association to remove the rainbow nail polish.
Attling states, “You can’t see the colors, but you can read them. Their names are stamped in the metal! You can wear them in support for all LGBTQ people in the world who are still being silenced, imprisoned and killed” Attling said.
Designer Monique Péan and model / spokeswoman Liya Kebede have set the bar high for creating a fine jewelry collection that is both socially responsible and beautiful. Their new collection is made up of impressively ethical materials, including conflict-free diamonds, recycled 18 carat gold, and fossilized walrus ivory. Although designed in Iceland, the pieces were inspired by geometric interpretations of the shape of the African continent.
In addition, 100% of the proceeds from this collection will benefit the Liya Kebede Foundation, which supports maternal, newborn, and pediatric healthcare globally but with a focus in Ethiopia. Now that’s what I call ethical fashion.
Shop the collection now in Barney’s stores, and online in a few weeks.
Jessey Stevens (Request) wears pieces from the David Yurman Titanium collection. Photographed by Ben Rosenzweig in NYC.
The new David Yurman men’s collections expand the limits of materials science and in so doing redefine notions of luxury jewelry design. Platinum, gold and diamonds still have their place…but there’s something special about a truly unique, unexpected fabrication. In a three part series, BlackBook explores exactly that.
David Yurman Titanium Collection
Strength and durability are highly valued qualities when it comes to aerospace technology and military equipment. Both rely on titanium, the 22nd element on the periodic table, known for its lightweight strength. In new, innovative titanium designs, Evan Yurman merges the material’s subtle luster with precious metals and gemstones.
Titanium takes its name from the Titans, the first pantheon of Greek Gods, whose strength, immortality, and indestructibility remains legendary–and whose qualities are mirrored in this sleek collection. Timeless, exceptionally strong, and simply beautiful.
Monday gives us the blues, but generally a bauble or two will cheer us right up. Enter Aurélie Bidermann, whose first NYC shop opened its doors this summer.
Even better than jewels are exclusive jewels, and these beauties are available in NYC only — and just until they sell out. Sneaking out for an extra long lunch today to try some of these babies on is looking like a better and better idea…
Big Apple Diamond earrings
Concord Lapis cuff
Scarab Lapis ring
Three Pendant Scarab necklace
Triple Copacabana bracelet
These NYC exclusives are available from now until they sell out at Aurélie Bidermann, 265 Lafayette Street, New York.
Cara Delevingne is more than just eyebrows, you guys. In the new John Hardy campaign behind-the-scenes video Cara displays an impressive, large range of expressions and other facial contortions in a mere 20 seconds.
The campaign itself (i.e. the images meant for the glossies) harkens back to a host of other Delevingne campaigns because photographers literally can’t resist the urge to strategically place Cara within bodies of water–this one, however is special because she’s in Bali, home of the John Hardy brand, swathed in sheer black letting Hardy’s jewels shine.
Ever wonder how your treasured jewels are made? The necklace you wear everywhere but the shower, or the rings you slip on before heading out on the town. We asked Eddie Borgo to get super-specific on the how-it’s-made of his beloved beauties. In part three (see part one here and two here) we get to see just how the Graduated Gemstone Cube Bracelet came to be.
“The raw gemstones are analyzed by “eye and hand” craftsmen who are experienced in cutting raw stones. They use their knowledge of stone growth to achieve the cut for what we need. This helps us create an internal roadmap of the stone and understand any inclusions or fault lines.”
“The mold and cages for the back side of the piece are made of raw brass and grown in a 3D printer, technically referred to as the Additive Manufacturing Process. The 3D printer functions in a way that it distributes extremely fine layers of a material around a support material to build up the shape of the computer generated model.”
“Many of our pieces mimic fine jewelry constructions and are assembled in a similar manner. We create custom cages for the back of each setting — an added detail that is unique to costume jewelry.”
“Working on closures can be one of the most technically challenging of a piece as it has to remain secure over prolonged wear.”
“The cube is a signature shape for the brand and something we include almost every season. I am inspired by modern art and sculpture, and the shapes we used in the Graduated Gemstone Cube Cuff remind me of the work of the artist Donald Judd.”
Ever wonder how your treasured jewels are made? The necklace you wear everywhere but the shower, or the rings you slip on before heading out on the town. We asked Eddie Borgo to get super-specific on the how-it’s-made of his beloved beauties. In part two of three (see part one here) we witness the birth of the Gemstone Estate Bib Necklace. Estate-worthy, indeed.
“I devote as much time as possible to hand-sketching at my studio. Our drawings contain as much detail as possible, concentrating on measurements in millimeter.”
The Gemstone Estate Bib Necklace combines all the different silhouettes — pyramid, cone, and cube — that we showed in the Pre Fall 2014 Collection. The placement of each section was engineered by my team with careful consideration for fit and feel.
At my studio, we use a computer assisted design program called Rhinoceros. It helps create a 3D rendering that lets us examine the functionality of a design. My team will translate my hand-sketches into 3D computer-generated models before we start manufacturing the samples.
There are 59 pyramid shapes, 45 cube shapes, and 38 cone shapes assembled in the final necklace. Each hinge and setting must be reinforced since the design is so intricate and complicated.
Once the final sample arrives, we wear test each style and track how well the design performs at market. It’s gratifying to see our supporters experience a collection for the first time. When they recognize the craftsmanship that goes into each piece — especially one as intricate as the Gemstone Estate Bib Necklace — it is extremely rewarding.
Edythe wears the Eddie Borgo Graduated Pyramid Cuff. Photo by Rodolfo Martinez.
Ever wonder how your treasured jewels are made? The necklace you wear everywhere but the shower, or the rings you slip on before heading out on the town. We asked Eddie Borgo to get super-specific on the how-it’s-made of his beloved beauties. In this first part (of three) we witness the birth of the Graduated Pyramid Bracelet — an Eddie Borgo classic.
Ideation “Hand-sketching is always the first step.”
“After analyzing the raw stone, we are able to make cuts based on the shapes we need, then polish or sandblast. For the Gemstone Pyramid group, we used a sandblasting technique to achieve a matte, powdery finish on the stone.”
“With 3D renderings, we can also view styles in groups to help us see the full range of a collection before ever producing one physical sample. This is especially helpful when merchandising the collection.” “The animated rendering is a 3D model in a virtual studio. We are able to rate the model, zoom in and out, and even see the insides of the piece designed. This allows us to analyze every angle and see any potential manufacturing problems. The computer generates a still image of each angle of the piece and puts them together in a video animation to get a seamless look at the entire piece.”
Scented jewelry from By Kilian’s Jewels of L’Oeuvre Noire collection
For Kilian Hennessy, fragrance is an accessory, like a bag or a shoe. And like a bag or a shoe, Hennessy believes you should wear your scent — visibly. It’s a dream that the executive is making a reality with the introduction of the Jewels of L’Oeuvre Noire, a capsule collection of four necklaces for women (in gold or rhodium) with special features to hold one of six By Kilian scents of choice.
The men can wear their cologne visibly, too; the Leathers of L’Oeuvre Noire come in five scents, lasting up to a year.
The Leathers of L’Oeuvre Noire
The collections launch in By Kilian stores in New York and Moscow on Sunday, with broader availability in Bergdorf Goodman, Harrod’s, and global By Kilian stores in September.