Pearl Jewelry at globalDESIGN

Erica Molinari

Molinari loves pearls, and she particularly likes setting little stones and bits of gold into them. The effect is stunning.

Anthony Lent

Lent obsesses over his jewelry–look closely and you’ll see what I mean. The pieces are meticulously detailed because he works with dies (die-struck and fabricated jewelry). Look at the little legs on these pearl earrings! They are anatomically correct. He’s also an instructor at FIT, has a German Master Goldsmith degree, and is an industrial designer and sculptor. Lent has been making jewelry for 30+ years, but has a very exclusive following because of the heirloom quality of his work. Get reacquainted with him if you’re a luxury jeweler with consumers who want only the most unique pieces. Suggested retail prices start at $4,000.

Christie Frantz, Sugarman-Frantz Designs

These pin/pendants are a perfect example of why I love pearls: Nature made these Chinese freshwater pearls beautifully imperfect, and designer Christie Frantz had the vision to see a unique design based on the shape of the pearls. Pins feature precious stone accents in 18k gold and range in retail price from $5,500 – $9,000. The birds are pheasant, hummingbird, sparrow, and swan.

Ann Cahoon

Cahoon’s designs are based on a woven linkage system featuring Etruscan chain made in widths varying from 1.8 mm to 8 mm, crafted in fine silver and 22k gold. Links are fused, no solder is used. Because making this jewelry is so labor-intensive, Cahoon offers some necklaces with tiny Akoya pearls in natural cream and dyed peacock colors to bring down the cost a bit. Shown are necklaces that retail for $2,530 and $1,815 (peacock color). Her supplier for these hard-to-find sizes of Akoyas? Stachura in Uxbridge, Mass.

Pamela Froman

A yummy chocolate pearl–a dyed Tahitian-set in Froman’s ‘crushed’ (like crushed velvet) 18k pink and yellow gold.

Don’t forget to:
Follow me on Twitter to read helpful, short insights on jewels, trends, and business.
* Become a fan of JCK on Facebook to see photos of industry friends (you might already be on there). And finally,
* Update your subscription to JCK  so you don’t miss any print coverage in the coming months.

Follow JCK on Instagram: @jckmagazine
Follow JCK on Twitter: @jckmagazine
Follow JCK on Facebook: @jckmagazine