Around this time last year, I was ensconced in sorting the photos I’d captured during the Las Vegas jewelry shows and reviewing my notes for story ideas. It’s a different scene this year, obviously, but I’m excited for August!
Last year, one of my favorite discoveries was the U.K. jewelry company Robinson Pelham. Founded by Vanessa Chilton, Kate Pelham Burn, and Zoe Benyon about 20 years ago, it is not a new jewelry brand (and has lots of Duchess of Cambridge cred, since making her wedding-day earrings back in 2011), but the line was new to me at the time.
And when I saw the kaleidoscope of pavé-set colored creations for the first time, it left me feeling a little jittery and jumpy, especially the jumbo-size, wildly colorful cocktail rings
Naturally, when I learned the firm had newness to share, I was more than happy to take a look and have a chat with Benyon, who serves as director of the firm.
“We know that some people wear jewelry to lift them, some wear it as armor, and some are creatures of habit and wear the same pieces day in and day out,” she says.
The new pieces deliver on all three fronts and have a strong emphasis on color.
New to the line this summer is the Disco Sister hoop (pictured at top), the smaller alternative to the Robinson Pelham’s Rainbow Disco hoops.
“We love rainbow, but we are really all about color, in any order or combination,” says Benyon. Disco is an archetypal Robinson Pelham collection running the whole way from pure diamond, through pink sapphire, ruby, tsavorite, blue sapphire, brown diamond, to full rainbow.”
And while star motifs are a popular choice within the company’s substantial stud earring and earring charm ranges, this season the shape gets pride of place in the new Vega pieces. “The Vegas are the biggest, boldest stars so far,” says Benyon. “What we love about this collection is the informality of the shape combined with the scale of the diamonds. It updates diamond jewelry with ease, making it casual and modern even when it has impact.
“Alongside how we wear jewelry is when and where we wear jewelry. We want to be able to wear our favorite pieces all the time regardless of what we are doing, so our collections will always have a relaxed feel regardless of scale.”
The new debuts illustrate this idea precisely and are highlighted below.
Top: Disco Sister hoop earrings with rainbow sapphires, tsavorites, and diamonds in 14k yellow gold, $6,110
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