Crushing on Color With Erica Courtney



With all the tie-dye and rainbows that have been inundating us for the last few seasons, I’m constantly reminded how powerfully commanding a bright combination of colors can be, and I can’t get enough. It seems, despite the juicy selection of colorful jewelry on tap, that my thirst for more cannot be quenched—though a shot or two of these latest jewels from Erica Courtney comes close.

Erica Courtney garnet Lila ring
Lila ring in 18k rose gold with 13 ct. malaya garnet, pink sapphires, and diamonds, $57,600
Erica Courtney Peacock earrings
Peacock earrings in 18k yellow gold with 14.77 cts. t.w. Erongo lagoon tourmaline from Namibia, 5.06 cts. t.w. canary tourmaline from Zambia, 0.2 ct. t.w. demantoid garnets, and 1.39 cts. t.w. diamonds, $87,600

Blue spinel, peach mahenge garnet, chrysoberyl—all the ingredients of an exotic fruit salad, except instead of fruit, it’s gemstones, and instead of salad, it’s some incredibly indelible jewelry.

Erica Courtney Queen's Crown ring
Queen’s Crown ring in platinum with 10.14 ct. green tourmaline and 0.78 ct. t.w. diamonds, $23,000

The one I can’t stop staring at the most is the Queen’s Crown ring, above, bejeweled with a tourmaline that’s saturated in the most magnificent shade of green, like the shade of palm leaves on a tropical shore. Guess I have a sandy beach on my mind.

Erica Courtney Shakti Mandala necklace
Shakti Mandala necklace in 18k yellow gold with 28.64 ct. chrysoberyl, 1.96 cts. t.w. Paraiba tourmaline, 1.75 cts. t.w. green tourmaline, and 2.43 cts. t.w. tsavorite garnets, $200,000
Erica Courtney tourmaline Becca ring
Becca ring in platinum with 4.29 ct. blue spinel, 0.54 ct. t.w. Paraiba tourmaline, and 0.34 ct. t.w. diamonds, $30,000

Speaking of sand, Erica Courtney will be bringing her cast of colorful characters—her jewelry designs—to the desert, showcasing once again at Luxury by JCK. I’m actually ashamed to say that I’ve not yet been to visit her at the show, as the designer is often occupied with visitors (which is really the best-case scenario though, isn’t it?). I’m hoping that 2019 will be the year that I’ll finally get to see what my fingers look like awash in the color of her rings, though—spoiler alert—even my hands, which have missed many a manicure, will probably look amazing.

Erica Courtney chrysoberyl Emani ring
Emani ring in 18k yellow gold with 5.5 ct. Brazilian chrysoberyl and 0.73 ct. t.w. diamonds, $18,800

You can find Courtney at Luxury booth LUX601. Visit luxury.jckonline.com and ericacourtney.com for more.

Top: Queen Ann earrings in 18k yellow gold with 7.82 cts. t.w. rubellite tourmaline, 1.39 cts. t.w. spinel, and 0.76 ct. t.w. diamonds, $28,000