Mary Esses’ Una Collection of One-of-a-Kind Minimalist Jewelry

Mary Esses is trading in carnival flair for modern-day simplicity in Una, her new jewelry collection of minimalist-inspired one-of-a-kinds.

“For so long I had worked with colored stones in elaborate designs,” she recollects about her beautiful lace-inspired and sometimes oversize (read Brazilian) styles. Now, however, she’s tapping into a more minimalist vibe. “I wanted to use colored stones in a new, neat, simple, and modern way—something fun and elegant but also for everyday.”

The result is a 10-piece (and growing) collection of one-offs made in silver and a proprietary color of 18k white—it’s a hue akin to pewter—yellow, and pink gold with unusual gems like rose zircon and latte-colored diamonds, among others. One example: an ear cuff with baguette-cut diamonds ranging in color from light rose to latte. “The shape of the stone is not the conventional brilliant, but is, in fact, tapered and asymmetric,” she continues. “The overall design has a note of old spirit with a tremendous ‘now’ appeal.”

Retail prices start at $1,875.

Una convertible ring in silver with garnets by Mary Esses

Ring in silver that converts to a pendant with 16 cts. t.w. marquise-shape garnets, $1,875

Una ear cuffs in 18k gold with tsavorites by Mary Esses

Ear cuff in 18k pewter-colored white gold with 2.7 cts. t.w. marquise-shape tsavorites, $2,800 apiece

Una open ring in 18k gold with baguette-cut diamonds by Mary Esses

Open ring in 18k pewter-colored white gold with baguette-cut diamonds, $4,500

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