Gold: Stackable Jewelry, Aroc Urtu’s Rocky Origin, and More



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The stackable craze continues. During jewelry week, manufacturers debuted new lines of stacking rings in both bridal—smaller diamond engagement rings as well as bands—and in fashion.

For Plano, Texas–based Sylvie Collection, a new Petite line of complete diamond engagement rings features small cuts—0.30 ct. to 0.90 ct.—of fancy yellow diamonds in 14k and 18k gold. (Platinum is available on request.) “Customers have been asking us for small centers,” said designer Sylvie Levine. Many start in the $1,000 retail range, and when ordered in 14k gold, retailers can afford to have assortments of live centers in mountings in-store and “ready to go,” adds Levine.

Tiny stacking rings in 18k gold with 0.11 ct. t.w. black or champagne diamond pavé; starting at $770; Syna, Fort Lee, N.J.; 201-585-2021; synajewels.com

New York City’s Cora is thinking similarly. In JCK’s July–August issue, the diamond jeweler shared selections of petite, natural colored diamond rings designed to hit a lower price point (less than $3,500); at the show, there were even more new ones in the mix.

Fort Lee, N.J.–based Syna showed entry-level stack rings in 18k gold with black or champagne diamonds starting at $770 retail; stacking bracelets are available, too. Meanwhile, Ritani launched a 100-plus–piece collection of gold bands with myriad patterns and accents including mother-of-pearl and diamonds. Other firms with ample options in the stacking arena: Montreal-based Anzie, Carelle from New York City, and longtime manufacturer Stuller in Lafayette, La.

Meet Lauren Bergman of Aroc Urtu

Aroc Urtu necklace in 14k gold with 10.50 ct. emerald slice and 0.40 ct. t.w. diamonds; $2,275

Lauren Bergman debuted her line—pronounced a-ROK ER-two (the phonetic spelling of a rock or two)—in 2010 after designing jewelry for others for nearly 20 years. The former William Goldberg creative director favors stones with stories (à la beach pebble varieties) and imperfections (e.g., gnarly baroque pearls). She uses recycled 14k and 18k gold—silver is available, and other metals are in the works—and conflict-free diamonds, and makes everything in New York City. “Though it would be less expensive to have pieces manufactured overseas, Aroc Urtu is committed to keeping U.S. jobs,” she says.

Starting retail price: $200 in 14k gold
Retailer buy-in: None
Accounts: About a dozen, including Frances Heffernan in Winnetka, Ill.
Trade fairs: None this year
Contact: Aroc Urtu, New York City; 212-462-4988; arocurtu.com

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