Celebrate Valentine’s Day With a Taste of Gigi Ferranti’s New Jewelry Collection

I’m always keen to show some hearts around Valentine’s Day, and this year I’m highlighting a single design from JCK editor favorite Gigi Ferranti.

Yes, it’s a perfectly chic, graphic spin on the time-honored shape, but it’s more than that: This gem-studded little morsel is actually part of a larger collection she plans to debut at  JCK Las Vegas 2020 (look for her booth in the Rising Star section).

Gigi Ferranti new heart pendant side view
Retro 3-D heart pendant with sapphires, diamonds, and rubies in 14k gold, $3,450

“My new hearts are a blown-up version of my logo motif in 3-D,” says Ferranti. “I’ve been using the design as a gallery in some of my rings and pendants. When I did sapphire heart pendants, I used it as a puffed back gallery, to give the design extra dimension. So with the new hearts, I borrowed this idea to make a puffy, three-dimensional design and added a mix of sapphires, diamonds, and rubies to the center for a pop of color. The stones are set in blackened rhodium, for a vintage feel. I think it’s a perfect retro but modern piece to layer with what will be trending in fashion this spring and summer.”

Gigi Ferranti heart jewelry
Hearts hold special meaning for Ferranti, and she’s included many iterations of the timeless shape in previous collections: “A heart shape for me represents a love for oneself or if cut down the middle, it’s a mirror image of itself, the perfect expression of a love between two people,” says the designer.

“When I design a collection I make a fashion board of what styles will trend for the upcoming seasons,” says Ferranti.

Gigi mood board
Ferranti’s mood board for her forthcoming spring/summer 2020 collection: “Because my background was in fashion, I like to see the women dressed first and then I design the jewelry she wears with the looks,” she says.

For her new collection, Ferranti was inspired by a variety of spring/summer 2020 fashion looks, including menswear vests, spirit-of-the-’60s prints, disco collars, polka dots, tiered skirts, hot pants, and feathers.

“Without giving too much away, a common component in the collection will be repeating lines. I will use bigger diamonds, a lot of color, and some whimsical pieces that will all play nice together.”

Can heart-ly wait to see it all!

Top: Gigi Ferranti’s new Retro 3-D heart pendant is perfect—and ready to gift—for Valentine’s Day while offering a preview of the new collection she’s debuting at JCK Las Vegas in June.

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Amy Elliott

JCK Contributing Editor

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