At an intimate rooftop gathering last week at the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel in Manhattan, champagne and tuna tartare helped fuel good spirits, but the real attraction was the jewelry debut by Athomie—a new Italian silver line designed by Stefano Russo (whose portfolio includes works from Louis Vuitton, Helmut Lang, Prada, and more) and manufactured by DiBi, a Vicenza-based silver jewelry maker that exhibits in the Italian Club section of JCK Las Vegas. The pieces featured familiar silhouettes—big cuff bracelets and sleek bangles, bands and dome rings, hoop earrings, and long chains with circle motifs—but it was the unique, diamond-cut, fully rotational beads set into each style that hooked me.
“Athomie has an international patent on diamond-cut beads that rotate 360 degrees, providing an interactive, tactile experience,” said a spokesperson.
I love the youthful statement pieces like the ear cuff—a spiky, gladiatoresque number that perches high atop the ear. (Wear one on both ears and you’re a modern-day Daedalus—though the styles’ sturdy silver and 18k gold-plated construction that retail starting at just $100 won’t leave you stranded.) Large cuffs with bead accents or full coverage would give Wonder Woman a few wardrobe options, while wide manly bands will appeal to dudes; the less adventurous among us can don a smaller disc motif. You’ll see me sporting my new necklace at the show; get your own in the Design Center S10600.