Brazilian jeweler Yael Sonia—who also has a store in
Manhattan on Madison Avenue—recently added a line of “everyday” pieces to her
Perpetual Motion Collection. New styles include smaller oval versions of her
original Spinning Wheel bracelet, complete with a 2.5-inch section of track or
cage topside, instead of a complete one encircling the wrist. The smaller-scale
pieces offer easier-to-wear interpretations of her kinetic, statement-making
originals, as well as entry-level prices (nearly half the cost of original
versions). A case in point: the Spinning Wheel bracelet weighs 90 grams of gold
and starts at $28,000 retail, whereas new oval versions weigh less than half and
start at $12,000.
The smaller pieces are also a bit simpler to make. For
example, larger styles feature hollow construction, but there’s more labor
involved because of the volume. Smaller styles are lighter weight, not hollow
construction, yet still retain the same concept of movement as originals. Also
new: The designer says she is getting more requests for personalized versions.
“We’ve had requests for pieces with birthstones of children,” says Yael Sonia.
Simple Curve pendants start at $4,400 retail, and serve as
everyday versions of the Spinning Wheel necklace. Reverse Fit earrings, which
are an evolution of Sonia’s Deco line, start at $960, and Rectangular Deco
pendants start at $1,180, and Square Deco pendants start at $980. Deco earrings
start at $1,800. All offer an “illusion of depth from the cut of the stones,
which are still the main attraction,” says Sonia. Featured gemstones include
milky, rose, tourmalated, and
smoky quartz, aventurine, aquamarine, amethyst, onyx, rubellite, and green
tourmaline. All jewels are made in 18k gold.
for Style 360 blog