I was searching for enamel jewelry on Instagram (for this blog post) when I came across a gorgeous pair of earrings by Moritz Glik. The style incorporated the designer’s signature Kaleidoscope shaker style—loose gemstones enclosed in a white sapphire crystal case—but something more caught my eye.
A picture of those earrings is shown above: 18k yellow gold setting, gorgeous green emeralds (a little more than 2.5 cts. of them), an outer ring of diamonds. Sure, the emeralds glow just fine on their own, but the extra addition that makes them pop? Black enamel.
This is Glik’s Apollo collection: By layering pieces in black and white enamel, the New York City-based designer gives contrast to his dancing gemstones, making them pop more than ever before. The styles “naturally evoke a 1920’s Art Deco feel,” according to a press release about the collection, and it’s true: While the pieces may otherwise be modern in form—big, open circles and ovals, glossy gold—the use of enamel instantly transports them. It’s the perfect blend of old-meets-new.
Each piece, handcrafted in Glik’s New York studio, features Glik’s Kaleidoscope shaker, which was originally inspired by the artist’s mother’s Lucite jewelry box. Its very of-the-moment enamel, in black and white, and the collection’s name was also influenced by a member of the designer’s family—his cat.
“An influence behind the latest collection was my cat, Apollo, who is black and white,” says Glik. “I’ve been waiting for the right time to incorporate the use of enamel, because it’s such a delicate material, and I wanted to pay homage to my feline companion, so I only used those two colors as my enamel offerings. I think the enamel works harmoniously together with the gold and colored gemstones—all the colors pop!”
The collection officially hits stores in September, but it’s already available at Reservoir in Culver City, Calif.—the first Los Angeles–area store to carry Moritz Glik in some time. “It’s been a long time since the brand was carried in Los Angeles,” notes Glik. “I rolled back from retailers for rebranding purposes, and now that the brand is growing exponentially, I wanted to cater to the West Coast clientele. I love L.A. because it has a unique vibe unlike any other location I know. The laid-back yet glamorous lifestyle that L.A. encapsulates, that’s what the Moritz Glik brand is all about. Each piece is elegantly casual without having to try so hard and is always playful, which I think resonates with the West Coast natives.”
Top: Apollo earrings in 18k yellow gold and black enamel with white sapphire, 2.56 cts. t.w. emeralds, and 1.88 cts. t.w. diamonds, price on request