Britt’s Pick: Athena Aquamarine Earrings by Jewelyrie

Aquamarine is the perfect birthstone for March, because its soft blue represents perfectly the transition between seasons. In winter, it evokes the icy chill, sparkling snowflakes, and frost-bitten breezes. As March shifts us into spring (we hope), it’s the warming skies, the robin’s egg, the feel of fresh air wafting in through windows, finally open.

I love a good aquamarine, but more specifically, I love it two ways: in an alternative engagement ring setting (who doesn’t love that “something blue” in wedding jewelry?) and in big, eye-catching pieces.

Jewelyrie’s earrings won’t be confused for an engagement ring, but they are certainly statement-makers, and of the best variety, too—wearable ones. Don them every day, sport them for special occasions, wear only one with a stud on the other ear, or let them mingle as members of an ear party—they’re flexible.

Fun and fancy at once, the Athena earrings are composed of four long rows of delicate chain spaced with round, prong-set aquamarine alternating with bezel-set round diamonds. The style is reminiscent of a mobile, the chains hanging from a baroque-style arm where rose gold swirls around more bezel-set diamonds. At the very top, a single bezel-set diamond anchors the pair to its hook-and-eye fasteners.

Jewelyrie, a line of jewelry by Huan Wang, is brimming with delicately swirled, beautifully detailed pieces like the earrings pictured here. Originally from China, where creative expression and art education was a rarity in her experience, Wang left business school to attend Parsons School of Design for fashion design, winning an award for two of the evening gowns she created, and then, after graduating, continued to design, draw, and paint, before opening a bridal boutique in New York City’s SoHo. It was on maternity leave with her second daughter (her first, Lyrie, makes a cameo in the brand’s name) that Wang began to dabble in jewelry-making.

Clearly, that dabbling turned into something special. The now-jeweler started with a fascination for wire wrapping, which has spawned an impressive lineup of stacking rings, necklaces, earrings, and more, all with a signature touch that lets her perspective shine through.

You can see more of Wang’s creations at

Top: Athena earrings in 14k rose gold with aquamarine and diamonds, $5,620

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