Tura Sugden debuted her eponymous line in 2013, and her reputation for beautifully made organic-looking designs soon followed. After obtaining a BFA in sculpture in 2008, Sugden went on to pursue seven more years of training in gold- and silversmithing as well as other advanced techniques in Belgium, Maine, Tennessee, Kansas, and California. Her signature: a knife-edge effect paired with organic-looking colors and shapes of stones and recycled and Fairmined metals. She fabricates everything in 18k and 22k gold, palladium, and platinum, and favors sliced diamonds. “They are a unique challenge to work with due to their structure and thickness, but they lend an organic and ethereal quality,” she explains. Also of note: her use of a German blowpipe for gold and intricate fabrication.
Jewelry designer Tura Sugden
Starting retail price: $500
Accounts: 19 in the U.S. including ABC Carpet & Home and the Clay Pot
Trade fairs: NY Now in the Handmade section and JCK Las Vegas in the Rising Star section
Retailer buy-in: About $10,000 or 6–12 pieces
Contact: Tura Sugden, San Francisco; 415-265-9869; turasugden.com
Slice ring in 18k gold and palladium with 0.84 ct. t.w. gray and colorless diamonds, $3,600
Heavy chain in 18k recycled gold, $5,000
Feathered Drop earrings in 18k and 22k gold with 2.22 cts. t.w. gray- and champagne-color diamonds, $6,500
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