When Architects and Interior Designers Create Fine Jewelry

Ever since Frank Gehry collaborated with Tiffany & Co. for a collection in 2006, we have been fascinated by the juxtaposition of architecture, interior design, and fine jewelry. The masters of shape, proportion, and materials apply these same skills to their collections and when they do, the results are spectacular. We were curious if other architects and interior designers in the country are dipping into the fine jewelry world. Turns out, there are plenty. Diane Dorsey, a trained architect and painter in Santa Fe, N.M., specializes in using recycled 18k gold and sterling silver to create pieces that are chunky and sculptural, yet natural—like some found object. Similarly, Syrette Lew, an award-winning furniture designer based in Brooklyn, N.Y., has tried her hand with a small collection of sterling silver and brass rings and earrings; the result is clean lines and an almost masculine aesthetic. And, finally, L&G Studio, a design studio that produces everything from furniture and lighting to a conceptual air-hockey table, created a 12-piece collection of sterling silver pieces inspired by 20th-century Constructivist art and the Bauhaus movement. Designers Dylan Davis and Jean Lee, who split their time between Brooklyn and Seattle, deftly explore line and shape and how jewelry can adorn the body.

 

18k gold four-leaf clover necklace, $1,045; Diane Dorsey Jewelry

 

Sterling silver and 18k gold vermeil Radiate necklace, $550; Diane Dorsey Jewelry

 

Sterling silver and brass Delphi Ring, $145; Moving Mountains

 

Sterling silver Vignette Bar necklace, $250; Ladies & Gentleman Studio

Kristin Young is writing the All That Glitters blog while Amy Elliott is on maternity leave.

Kristin Young

JCK Magazine Contributor