JCK managing editor Melissa Rose Bernardo and I were treated to a sit-down with jewelry designer Monica Rich Kosann during Las Vegas Jewelry Week earlier this month to peruse the many new additions to her popular collection (which commands its own 400-square-foot shop-in-shop at Bergdorf Goodman and is carried by Neiman Marcus, among other A-list retailers).
The prolific designer, who is also an accomplished black-and-white portrait photographer, is most famous for her elegant lockets, available in a stunning array of shapes and sizes. And there were many new ones debuting in Vegas. I especially loved the latest iterations of the chic little Slim lockets.
But I walked away from our meeting with dreams of her Crescent Moon necklaces—a design that hearkens back to Victorian-era jewels, but feels modern because of its commanding proportions. It’s a biggie pendant. And it’s also bursting with shine. The classic moon motif is set tip-to-tip with cabochon-cut gemstones, accented by white diamonds and (in the lapis pendant) sapphires.
“The Crescent Moon necklaces have done really well for us, and they’re great for layering with other necklaces,” Kosann noted. Indeed. The styles—which are also available in sterling silver, selling for around $1,500 each—hang a little lower (chains are 18 inches), making them a dramatic complement to small-and-high “daily gold” necklaces.
The brand also makes the Dream crescent moon necklace pendant, which is mostly precious metal, set with a sprinkling of white diamonds. That one hangs on a 32-inch chain, so it pairs perfectly with the Crescent Moon necklace in a clavicle “stack.”
Top: Crescent Moon necklace in 18k yellow gold with moonstones and white diamonds, price on request (all photos courtesy of Monica Rich Kosann)