22k Magic in the Air

Even though this post is a celebration of 22k gold jewelry, it’s inspired by the Bruno Mars hit song “24K Magic,” which was released last year but was new to me after watching an episode of 60 Minutes some time this summer. It has since become the song I play at 4 or 5 p.m. as an instant mood booster, dance routine included.

I’ve found that donning any form of yellow gold jewelry has a similarly mood-elevating effect, with rich, sunny 22k yellow gold being the strongest antidote available when it comes to low energy, or mitigating the lamentable sight of ashen skin when you look in the mirror.

For jewelry designers who choose to work with 22k gold, the appeal is more complex. Designer Stephanie Albertson describes it as “raw and refined.” No other metal, she says, is warmer, or quite as lush. “It’s the perfect backdrop for colored gemstones, looks beautiful on everyone and is incredibly forgiving to work with,” says Albertson. “And in its final form, it requires very little surface finishing or polishing. I like to see my hand in the finished piece.”

Now that the holiday whirlwind has begun, equal parts magic and meshugge, I think 22k gold has to be as festive as you can get, too.

So, as Mars beckons in the song’s talkbox intro, let’s set this party off right!

 Stephanie Albertson 22k gold opal earringsMolten Opal earrings with Australian opals in handcrafted 22k gold, $6,380; Stephanie Albertson


 Cathy Waterman 22k gold ruby and diamond ringHex ring with rubies and pavé diamonds in blackened and satin-finished 22k yellow gold, price on request; Cathy Waterman (available at Barneys)

Gurhan 22k and diamond gold cuffDelicate Geo cuff in 22k yellow gold and pavé diamonds in 18k white gold, $12,500; Gurhan

Reinstein Ross earrings with purple and blue sapphiresBalinese Umbrella earrings with purple and blue sapphires in 22k gold, $8,950; Reinstein/Ross

 Lika Behar 22k gold Lea choker necklaceLea Choker necklace with fancy and full-cut diamonds in 22k gold, $5,830; Lika Behar

margery hirschey arch emerald earrings

Arch earrings with 2.48 cts. t.w. Zambian Gemfields emeralds, $5,150; Margery Hirschey

Todd Reed silver and 22k gold mens band

Men’s band in sterling silver with 22k yellow gold, $1,980; Todd Reed

Abby Sparks handmade engagement ring yellow gold opal diamond gabbiGabbi ring with opal center stone and diamonds in 22k yellow gold, $5,000; Abby Sparks Jewelry

Ananda Khalsa 22k purple sapphire ringRing in 18k yellow gold with diamonds and a 1.5 ct. purple sapphire in a 22k gold bezel, $2,860; Ananda Khalsa

Sam Woehrmann 22k gold Chalcedony PendantNecklace with cabochon sapphire and a natural orange chalcedony from Indonesia in 22k and 18k gold, $3,500; Sam Woehrmann



At top: Oval-link chain with pendant featuring tanzanite, diamond, and Ethiopian opals in handcrafted 22k gold, $9,680 (chain sold separately); Stephanie Albertson


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Amy Elliott

JCK Contributing Editor

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