Sami Zeira, Zeira Fine Jewelry, New York; (212) 395-9707; www.zeira.com.
Starting retail price point: $1,900
Signature Style: high-karat gold pieces with granulation and old-world appeal
Sami has been designing jewelry for 10 years. This one-time house painter and aspiring photographer fell for fine jewelry while backpacking through Europe. He created a unique 21k white gold alloy specifically for granulation, and his latest collection, dubbed Raw, features a textured finish inspired by tree branches.