Known for her use of color and big, bold signature handcrafted gemstone and enameled pieces on 18k gold, jewelry designer Holly Dyment is once again reinventing the cocktail ring. The Toronto-based dynamo, who upended her life as an interior designer to become a fine jeweler five years ago, is bowing mini editions of her large rings and pendants at the Couture show in June. We caught up with Dyment in Spain, where she spends half of her time, to find out why she believes the smaller versions will be a good bet in the market. “They’re more wearable,” she says, noting they can go from day to night. “You don’t always want to wear big, chunky rings.” They’re also more economical. “They’re still expensive but they’re about half of the price of the big ones,” she adds, noting prices are about half the larger sizes, or $3,100 to $4,220. Using rubies and emeralds from ethically minded Gemfields, styles adhere to themes like eyes, lips, and skulls. All pieces are handmade in India—”they’re used to doing teeny, tiny work,” she says of her artisans. And while more wearable, she advises retailers and customers to be careful with the pint-sized versions. “No dishes and no gardening!” she warns. All the more reason customers will want these babies.
Americana red enamel background small ring with sapphires and diamonds on 18k gold, $3,100
Skull ring with white diamonds and Gemfields rubies and emeralds on 18k gold, $4,220
Americana blue background with diamonds, tourmaline, and enamel on 18k gold, $3,100
Kristin Young is writing the All That Glitters blog while Amy Elliott is on maternity leave.