Fall Kickoff: The Jewelry Lines Moda Operandi Picked Up in Las Vegas



Earlier this summer, when Will Kahn (aka @willsnotebook) left his post as the accessories director of Town & Country it was big news, especially among his colleagues in the press.

His new role? The jewelry market director at luxury retail site Moda Operandi.

The site is known for its virtual trunk shows, allowing consumers to shop complete designer collections or a highly curated assortment of pieces handpicked for the most discerning and sophisticated of shoppers. Where sales might be sluggish for traditional jewelry retailers, fine jewelry is said to move apace on Moda—buyers have a knack for spotting emerging talent and hard-to-find luxury jewels, and Kahn’s expertise will help shape the direction for fall and the upcoming holiday season.

With Kahn’s input, Moda has added three new fine jewelry lines to its stable of designers (which also includes Daniela Villegas, Maria Canale, and many other JCK editor favorites). Kahn chose key pieces to include in each trunk show after spotting them during Las Vegas Jewelry Week and, below, shares what influenced the team to land on this exquisite fall lineup.

Single Stone

“Single Stone specializes in restored engagement rings and wedding bands, and we wanted to explore the bridal jewelry market with atypical bridal styles,” says Kahn. “I’m a fan of vintage-style diamonds, old mine cuts, and rose cuts seen across the assortment. I believe the most fresh look in diamond jewelry is antique. Old is new again.”

Single Stone Chantal ring
Chantal ring with 1.27 ct. old European–cut diamond with 0.55 ct. t.w. diamond accents set in 18k oxidized gold, $10,400; Single Stone
Single Stone Bailey ring
Bailey ring in platinum with 1.34 ct. rose-cut diamond and 1.32 cts. t.w. diamond accents, $20,500; Single Stone

Moksh

“I was inspired by Christie’s Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence auction,” says Kahn. “Between the influence of the sale and my love of Indian jewelry design, the use of seed pearls in this collection really felt unique. The craftsmanship is so evident in each stitched pearl.”

Moksh Taantvi statement earrings
Taantvi statement earrings in 18k yellow gold with baguette-, rose- and full-cut diamonds, Zambian emeralds, and assorted white and golden pearls from Japan and Vietnam woven with a silk thread, $27,000; Moksh
Moksh Taantvi button earrings
Taantvi button earrings in 18k white gold with baguette- and rose-cut round diamonds and Japanese keshi pearls handwoven with a silk thread, $13,500; Moksh

Loren Nicole

“Loren’s collection feels timeless because of the age-old techniques she employs,” says Kahn. “Her pieces, while modern, are wearable. At the same time, they wouldn’t feel out of place on Cleopatra.”

Loren Nicole 21st Dynasty lapis earrings
21st Dynasty earrings in 22k gold with lapis, $5,700; Loren Nicole
Loren Nicole Cleo at Sea earrings
Cleopatra at Sea earrings in 22k yellow gold with green tourmaline, price on request; Loren Nicole

 

Top: A highlight from the Moksh online trunk show now live on Moda Operandi: Taantvi Teardrop ring in 18k yellow gold with full- and rose-cut diamonds, natural rubies, and Japanese keshi pearls handwoven with a silk thread, $7,380

 

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