James Currens

LOCATION AND CONTACT J.W. Currens, New York; (212) 944-1222; www.jwcurrens.com.

SIGNATURE STYLE AND INSPIRATION Pieces feature rare stones and are based on artistic and spiritual concepts as well as real-life issues, such as the declining bee population. He has won 14 American Gem Trade Association Spectrum Awards and four Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America awards.

FUN FACT Currens has been cutting his own stones and fabricating jewelry since the age of 16. He claims to have crafted lines for some of the most prestigious jewelry houses in the world, including Cartier, and lives in New York with his wife, Helen, and his 10-year-old German Shepherd, Kaiser.

STARTING RETAIL PRICE $8,000

COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION United States (New York)

ACCOUNTS None yet, but open to wholesale accounts with luxury stores that sell one-of-a-kinds.

TRADE SHOW EXHIBITS Doha Jewellery & Watches Exhibition, Qatar; Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair; Baselworld