A few things: Legendary designer Elsa Peretti’s passing in March. Netflix’s Halston in May. These sculptural rings by British designer Liv Luttrell. And December’s Aurate x Halston debut, which landed in my inbox in November, around the same time I attended a press preview highlighting a multitude of contemporary designers in Manhattan—my first time laying eyes on Kloto, a newcomer to the fine jewelry space.
The fluid, quiet grace and simplicity of this line drew me in, especially the silver pieces. As a committed gold girl, my response surprised me and clinched something my trend antennae were already telling me: that the next phase of the pandemic era is going to have plenty of neo-Peretti vibes.
And we’re all going to want to start wearing silver again.
A day or two shy of the new year, I was already feeling it on a personal level. How else to explain the silver necklace I bought at an antiques store during a post-Christmas trip to Nashville, Tenn.? It’s just a Greek key choker-length thing, not very Peretti, but when I polished it up and put it on, it sat just above the hollow of my throat and looked…elevated, almost regal, like I’d paid a fortune for it somewhere else, and in another lifetime.
I’ve found that Kloto feels just right for all of this and more. The line, which launched just last year, is the vision of Senem Gençoğlu, who studied industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design and comes from a 40-year heritage of fine jewelry craftsmen housed at Istanbul’s famous Grand Bazaar.
“Silver pieces can modernize and turn your diamond pieces into a day look,” the Kloto designer tells JCK.
(Exactly—I’ve been wearing my silver Greek key choker layered with a tennis necklace.)
“I love working with my hands, it’s a therapeutic experience,” Gençoğlu says. “I draw and sculpt the pieces by hand first and try them on myself. Then I start to draw them on the computer using 3-D programs. The process is a combination of traditional ways of making jewelry and my industrial background.”
Top: Fluid ring in sterling silver, $310
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