Six Looks from Newbie Noelle Leone Jewelry



Lauren Noelle Fiabane of Noelle Leone may be new to jewelry—her
first wholesale show was this past Las Vegas, as a JCK Rising Star—but her
pieces have an identifiably warm appeal thanks to a silky looking
rhodium-plated finish, and the confident, collectible look of a seasoned
artist.

Fiabane is a graduate gemologist who also has an Applied Jewelry
Arts diploma from the Gemological Institute of America. Her niche—thinner
stylized silver designs reminiscent of gold jewelry, not the chunky stuff more
commonly seen in the category, with diamonds—is one that many in industry wouldn’t
have been ready for 10 years ago; now of course, the look is mainstream, although
Fiabane’s has a bit of a twist.  “My silver is a little thicker, and has a white gold look to
it because of the rhodium plating,” the artist explained during a recent market
visit in New York.

Her family’s Italian roots—dad grew up in Feltre—are evident
in collections like Principio, which features symmetrical patterns and
scrollwork influences found in Roman tapestry, and in the black-rhodium-plated Iron
Gate collection, which nods to the gated homes of lake properties in Northern
Italy. Meanwhile, a heftier Leone—lion in Italian—collection is inspired by
doorknocker renditions of the beast from the same region, and serves as the
brand’s emblem.

Her sterling collections start at $100 retail, with 18k gold
pieces available upon request. The Leone Collection in 18k yellow gold ranges in
price from $1,000 for stud earrings to $17,000 for a cuff.

Noelle Leone Jewelry, Anaheim Hills, Calif.; 800-609-2125

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