The second you see the jewelry collections of newcomer Ariane Zurcher, you know that she has a background in art. In fact, it’s in her blood—her dad was a curator of pre-Columbian and African art at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University; tribal masks and primitive art paintings line the walls of Zurcher’s New York City apartment, while complimentary sculptures dot the landscape of her great room.
Ariane Zurcher’s New York City apartment is filled with primitive art.
Zurcher is a graduate of Parsons The New School for Design, and has experience in fashion. She started designing jewelry two years ago (her official launch was just seven months ago), and her 18k and 22k gold pieces reflect a lifetime spent admiring art.
Jewelry designer Ariane Zurcher.
For example, pieces in the Dauphine collection have sinuous Art Nouveau styling; Juno is an homage to the constellations; Samadhi is a collection that nods to Buddhism, with its river rock shapes; and the latest Transitions collection features interchangeable components like easy-to-remove (I know because I tried them out) drops.
Earrings from the Dauphine collection feature detachable drops.
Gold jewelry from the Juno collection.
A necklace from the Samadhi collection; the shapes resemble river rocks.
Zurcher says her signature style is ‘movement’, but I think ‘museum-like art statements’ is more accurate. All jewelry is made in New York, and suggested retail prices start at $1,400. While the motifs of her collections vary widely, styles have a decidedly uniform look thanks to rich-looking yellow gold, colored stones, and statement-making sizes.
Gold earrings from Transitions and a labradorite beaded necklace.
Ariane Zurcher Jewelry, New York; (917) 608-2817; www.arianezurcher.com.
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