Thank goodness that Amanda Gizzi of the Jewelry Information Center persuaded Jacqueline Diani of Jacqueline Fine Jewelry to take part in the recently held JIC Editor Preview, because who knows how else I would have learned about her work: Diani doesn’t do trade shows or conduct market visits with editors, nor does she send out look books or do outreach of any kind to press to let us know that she’s in business. But since I met with the Long Island–based designer a couple of weeks ago, I’m able to share her work with you now.
And for sure, Diani’s work is worth closer inspection—especially for all of the old-school store owners who appreciate gorgeous heirloom-quality jewelry. (And to be perfectly honest, we just don’t routinely see this kind of craftsmanship in new jewelry designs today.) Look at the beading and lace edges on the pieces pictured, which, combined with bright, happy, and top-quality colored stones, such as golden beryl and sapphires, are set into modern interpretations of classic looks that are largely feminine in motif. (Note the bezel settings and whimsical effects of stone-cut combinations.)
Diani has been designing jewelry for more than 30 years, and even crafted pieces for Tiffany & Co., once snagging a coveted place in its Blue Book for a pair of cufflinks. Her Heirloom collection features all platinum styles starting at retail prices of $15,000, while her Jacqueline Too collection has 18k gold pieces with 20k gold accents starting at $2,500 retail. Her production is special and limited, and she currently wholesales only to two Saks Fifth Ave. stores and Le Joaillier in Locust Valley, N.Y.—though she’s open to a few more wholesale accounts.
“There’s quality in everything we do,” she explains. “Stone cuts have to be optimum, our details are old world, and the backs of pieces have to be as beautiful as the fronts.”
A selection of platinum, diamond, and gemstone rings from the JIC editor event
Platinum earrings with pink sapphires and diamonds by Jacqueline Fine Jewelry
Earrings in 18k white gold with amethyst and diamonds by Jacqueline Fine Jewelry (part of her Jacqueline Too collection)
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