Independent designers from around the world have produced stunning gemstone necklaces of all shades, just in time for Christmas, in a rainbow of luscious color combinations. From Paris to Los Angeles, via London and Amsterdam, eight jewelery designers and manufacturers present pieces that are guaranteed to put a smile on Christmas morning.
Full of movement and grace, Bibi van der Velden’s work is instantly recognizable. The Dutch artist and jewelry designer draws on the natural world, capturing the uncapturable in the ella Smoke collection and creating whimsical jewelry inspired by a collection of insects and reptiles. Drawing on the meaning of the scar beetle in Ancient Egypt as a symbol of hope and regeneration, the Scarab Eternity necklace (above) is one of her most magnificent pieces to date, combining a vibrant palette of natural sapphires, amethysts, tsavorites, and diamonds. with the iridescence of real beetle wings for an uplifting effect.
Sofia de Agon
Parisian jewelry designer Sophie d’Agon’s thoughtful use of color has earned her a following beyond the City of Lights since she started her online brand in 2017, and she recently celebrated the first anniversary of her charming boutique in the trendy Marais district of the city. Crafted from recycled gold and traceable natural stones, the delicacy of its gemstone mosaics is balanced by geometric shapes that add an Art Deco touch. A mix of rubies, emeralds, and pink sapphires contrasted with vibrant turquoise, this pendant is a case in point.
AS by Akansha Sethi
Indian-born Akansha Sethi is now one of London’s hottest jewelers, after studying design in the city and starting her jewelery business. Her work has a rich personal and creative heritage, rooted in her parents’ art collection and world travel from an early age, which has led her to experiment with materials and techniques. Her exploration of the relationship between her Indian heritage and British upbringing has led her to use English porcelain and enamel techniques alongside Indian stone setting and hardstone carving, but it is her spectacular work with color that is most appreciated. stands out, producing delicious combinations. of stones like the tourmalines of the Folio necklace, hand-carved and accented with enamel to represent the changing colors of the leaves throughout the year.
Known in London for her bespoke engagement rings, award-winning jeweler Rachel Boston also has a line of fine jewelry that exudes her signature style into sophisticated pieces designed to fit into an elegant wardrobe. She thinks of forms inspired by artistic decoration, elegant knife-edge bands and unusual and traceable stones, which create a refined and original look. Combining vibrant emerald with sunny yellow gold, the simplicity of this necklace makes it an ideal gifting choice.
Los Angeles-based mother-daughter design team Tania and Laden pride themselves on designing jewelry for women of all ages, reflecting the many faces of femininity through their bold jewelry. Shay’s signature chunky flat link chain is given the Christmas rainbow treatment, with juicy pavé gradations of emeralds, rubies, tourmalines, sapphires and more to stunning effect.
Fresh from this year’s Brilliant & Black sale at Sotheby’s London, the ruby-set Vici (“I Conquered”) charm is just the right gift for the inspiring and successful woman in your life, just like the founder of Brilliant & Black herself. the brand, Catherine Sarr. Drawing on art, culture and the power of symbols and stories to transcend cultural boundaries, Sarr’s jewelry design draws on his parallel activities in the art world through the Sarr Collection, to produce jewelry with soul and intention
Alexandra Rosier’s cosmopolitan background is reflected in her richly toned jewelry, influenced by a multicultural lifestyle and diverse cultural inspirations. Previous collections feature themes like astrology and infinity and explore symbols like the moon, lotus, and fish. Now based in Paris, her latest fine jewelry collection is a tour de force; a series of highly symbolic amulet necklaces and a bracelet exploring themes of love. Set with red and green opals to denote masculinity and femininity, the Hands necklace opens to reveal the Evil Eye and hand choices gemstone lines.
Headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium, the historic European capital of the diamond trade, Baunet was founded by fourth-generation diamond dealers and is now one of the largest digital crossover diamond jewelers with showrooms in key markets around the world. . As a member of the RJC, Baunat has a strong focus on ethical diamonds, and this VS2 diamond graduated chain emphasizes the blue sapphire at its heart, for a classic high jewelry look.