So, yeah, when photos of M. Spalten’s new Gemdrop collection landed in my inbox, I read the line’s title as “Gumdrop.” And referred to it as such until her team politely corrected me.
But I’ve had way dopier blond moments, so I don’t mind copping to the gaffe. And given the jewelry’s focus on gemstones in lozenge-like, droplet shapes dangling from dainty gold chain links, like Dots or Skittles or those old-school spice gumdrops that are rainbow-colored but have odd flavors like anise and wintergreen, you can kind of understand how I confused the two.
I was going to save this feature for Halloween, when the topic of candy inspirations seems most apropos, but once that angle was no longer relevant, I decided to cover Gemdrop ASAP.
As for the designer’s inspiration (not candy): “I started sketching and choosing stones for the Gemdrop Collection knowing that I wanted to design something super-fun for the everyday woman,” says designer Melissa Spalten. “I love when jewelry has a happy wearable feel and am excited to see the concept come to life.”
The Gemdrop collection is fully customizable, allowing the retailer or direct customer to purchase a ready-to-wear jewel or to work with Spalten to incorporate the gemstones of their choice.
And from lime-green peridot to blueberry kyanite to tangerine Mexican fire opal to strawberry-pink tourmaline, the “flavors” and combinations are completely mouthwatering.
See more from the collection below.
Top: Gemdrop 5-Stone necklace with peridot, opal doublet, amethyst, ruby, and carnelian set in 14k yellow gold, $2,400
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