There’s more and more fine jewelry talent coming out of Brooklyn, N.Y., these days. To wit: Lindley Gray, a Brooklyn-based Pratt Institute graduate who got her start in 2012 making brass and silver pieces. She began getting requests for signed pieces made of precious materials, so in March Gray bowed her very first fine jewelry collection, comprised of 23 pieces ranging from rings and earrings to collars and lariats. “I got lucky,” the designer says. “I’m originally from Houston and I have lovely loyal clients and they helped push me.”
Gray references periods of the past—she particularly loves Art Deco—but strives to make her pieces practical and modern for everyday wear. She also loves to pair 14k and 18k gold and diamonds with humbler stones like onyx, citrine, gray moonstone, and green tourmaline, which keeps her price points relatively moderate (between $1,500 and $6,000). Her color palette is bold—primarily blacks, grays, and dark greens.
“I’m very much into furniture and architecture,” Gray says. “I like things to be extremely easy to wear. There’s nothing in my line that will feel difficult to wear. I want them to be something you can run errands in as well as dress up.”
Check out the full collection as well as her custom pieces here.
Deco bezel ring made from recycled 14k white gold, white diamonds, and white sapphire, $3,300
Pavé disc hoops made from 14k recycled yellow gold, black onyx, and black diamonds, $3,800
Perpendicular baguette ring made of recycled 18k gold and white sapphire baguettes, $2,600
(Top: One-of-a-kind tourmaline and black diamond ring set in 14k recycled gold, $3,100)
Kristin Young is writing the All That Glitters blog while Amy Elliott is on maternity leave.