Live From JCK Tucson 2016: Lilly Barrack’s Man-Made Sapphire and Drusy Jewels



The Southwestern designer hits a price point and a high-fashion note with this sumptuous pairing of stones

Considering Pantone’s pastel colors of the year and all the purplish stones that have been trending on the jewelry market, Lilly Barrack’s newest jewelry collection makes perfect sense: Lavender Hydro Sapphire (man-made) and Drusy in silver.

The soft gemmy colors contrast with the chunky Southwest-inspired pieces while also offering a modern vibe because of styling—openwork cuffs, corkscrew motifs, and ladle-like silhouettes brimming with gems.

According to Phaedra Rayner, the designer’s daughter and sales agent, the artist chose the hydro sapphires for their subtle color, but the price was right as well, considering the retail range for styles is $150–$500.

“Everything is going cotton-candy pink, and lavender has a pretty contrast,” Rayner explained. And while most stones are treated to intensify colors, the hydro technique achieves the opposite, which is why Barrack opted to use this material. (According to GIA, “nutrients are dissolved in a water solution, and then synthetic crystals form as the solution cools.”) Twenty SKUs are available, and no buy-in exists.

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Ring in silver with white drusy, $269

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Earrings in silver with created sapphire and drusy, $269

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Cuff in silver with created sapphire and drusy, $489

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