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My Favorite Jewelry Collections Of 2021

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Despite 2021 being another year that kept many people close to home, jewelers didn’t seem at a loss for inspiration. If anything, the challenges that came with this past year served to spark some of the best creations yet. Designers helped us feel hopeful—to see a future when we could all be together again (and look fabulous to boot). They helped us see the silver linings—how beautiful the solace of nature can be. Some of them sought to do good while looking good, donating proceeds to social and environmental causes. The year may have brought a lot of lousy, but as far as jewelry was concerned, that didn’t apply.

Below are some of my favorite collections I had the pleasure of sharing with you this year.

Limited Gemstone Heart Capsule By Emily P. Wheeler

Emily P Wheeler For Eternity choker
For Eternity choker in 18k rose gold with 28.14 cts. t.w. pink, violet, and gray Madagascar sapphires, $38,000; Emily P. Wheeler

Wheeler’s heart-shape jewelry collection made its debut just in time for Valentine’s Day, with a gorgeous array of gemstones that the designer described as mixing playful energy with luxury.

The Valentine’s Day Capsule By Alexia Connellan

Alexia Connellan Victoria bracelet
Victoria bracelet in 18k pink gold with 16.11 ct. purple-pink tourmaline, 1.87 cts. t.w. fancy pink sapphires, and 1.51 cts. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Alexia Connellan

The colors—varying shades of pink and red—of Alexia Connellan’s collection were well suited for Valentine’s Day, but the jewels are totally timeless. Featuring pieces inspired by locales ranging from Japan to London, there is something for everyone to fall in love with.

The Mother Earth Collection By Venyx

Venyx Earth earrings
Earth earrings in 18k yellow and white gold and black rhodium with 13.8 cts. t.w. azurmalachite and 1.31 cts. t.w. diamonds, £6,960 ($7,850); Venyx

With earthly azurmalachite appearing as a view of our planet, Venyx’s Mother Earth collection is an ode to mythological figures representative of Earth in one way or another.

The Amazônia Collection By Sauer

Sauer Fulo earrings
Fulô earrings in 18k yellow gold with buffalo horn and diamonds, $28,680; Sauer

The gem-heavy collection by 80-year-old Brazil-based jeweler Sauer is an exhibit in sustainable luxury, with pieces released in partnership with Instituto de Conservação e Desenvolvimento (IDESAM), an organization focusing on the certification of zero carbon emissions in the Amazon rainforest.

The Love Collection By Dana Bronfman

Dana Bronfman hammered gypsy band
Hammered gypsy band in 18k Fairmined-certified nickel-free white palladium gold with 1.04 ct. baguette diamond and 0.05 ct. t.w. diamonds, $14,980; Dana Bronfman

Stepping into the wedding arena for the first time, Bronfman puts her signature spin on engagement rings and wedding bands, all made with 100% Fairmined-certified gold, vintage and antique diamonds and sapphires, contemporary sapphires from Montana and Australia, and Colombian Muzo emeralds.

The Stardust Collection By Harwell Godfrey

Harwell Godfrey Stardust cocktail ring
Stardust cocktail ring in 18k yellow gold with 1.61 cts. t.w. diamonds, $12,980; Harwell Godfrey

Marking the first time designer Lauren Harwell Godfrey forgoes her signature colorful gemstones, Stardust dazzles with diamonds and the creator’s remarkably beautiful, recognizable work.

The Plastic Fantastic Collection By Tessa Packard

Tessa Packard Riviera earrings
Riviera one-of-a-kind earrings in 18k yellow gold and brass with coral, plastic, glass, steel, vintage wallpaper, and resin, £4,900 ($6,905); Tessa Packard

The U.K.-based designer created an ode to Florida in the 1950s with this line that seeks to make plastic cool again. “Once upon a time, people wore plastic costume jewelry with as much enthusiasm and engagement as fine pearls and diamonds. I’ve always liked the idea of mixing high-low—whether that be in jewelry, art, or fashion—so this is my attempt at showing that it can be done beautifully and sustainably!”

The Pérola Collection By Graziela

Graziela Perola bracelet
Pérola bracelet in 18k white gold with 17.91 cts. t.w. 5 mm freshwater pearls, 4.45 cts. t.w. emeralds, 2.03 cts. t.w. apatite, and 6.83 cts. t.w. London blue topaz, $12,075; Graziela

Amid a rush in pearl popularity, designer Graziela Kaufman realized her long-standing desire to create a pearl collection with Pérola, featuring unusual silhouettes and modern, less traditional styles. The London blue topaz, emerald, and apatite additions made the pieces fresh and fit for the summer ahead.

The Gemfetti Collection By M. Spalten

M Spalten Jumbo Gemfetti necklaces
Jumbo Gemfetti necklaces in 14k yellow gold with gemstones, $5,250–$5,450; M. Spalten

Melissa Spalten rebranded her excellent collection, previously known as Gemdrop, and unveiled Gemfetti at the 2021 Couture show in Las Vegas. The reveal burst onto the scene with jumbo editions and more colorful versions, all ready for a celebration like no other.

The Songbird Collection By Sia Taylor

Sia Taylor Songbird bracelet
Songbird bracelet in 18k, 22k, and 24k yellow gold, 18k rose and white gold, and platinum, £5,265 ($7,110); Sia Taylor

Ever more inspired by her time communing with nature at the height of the pandemic, designer Sia Taylor infused the new Songbird collection with her signature metalwork and movement.

Top: Amazônia necklace in 18k yellow gold with aquamarines, blue topaz, and diamonds, $17,050; Sauer

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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