From the contemporarily posh digs—dark wood accents and mirrored walls, with a view of a minimalist-inspired, wood-floored outdoor patio—of the William Goldberg office in Manhattan, co-owner Eve Goldberg waxes on romantically about one of her most recent creations: the Galaxy Crossover bangle in platinum with diamonds.
“We felt we’ve seen a trend toward bigger, more important pieces,” she explains, with the bracelet gingerly dangling from her wrist, the extraordinary diamond-studded face of Galaxy fanning out across the top of her hand. “I love it because it’s a serious piece of jewelry that’s fun, very whimsical,” she says. “It can be worn for dressing up, and—for me, anyway—kind of casual.”
The Galaxy bracelet worn by William Goldberg co-owner Eve Goldberg
Though her own interpretation features all colorless rocks, the inspiration piece was “a necklace that was very swirly, with emeralds and diamonds,” says Goldberg, who spied it in an auction catalog. Unveiled in the past couple of months, the style took Goldberg’s team nine months—from stone collection to bracelet creation—to make in their New York City studio. Set with several of William Goldberg’s proprietary Ashoka cuts, evident at the tips of some of the starbursts, the bracelet has a companion necklace and earrings with the same vintage vibe. (Note the cluster effects evident in 1950s jewelry, and perfectly placed sizes and shapes of different diamond cuts.)
“My mission in life is to get women to wear more jewelry, and not just for black-tie events; jewelry is for wearing, enjoying, and for fun,” she says. At least one client has taken Goldberg’s advice: “Judge Judy told me that she put one of my necklaces and dances around the house in it.”
So far, about six potential customers—from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the United States—have viewed the bracelet. While it’s not yet sold, it will soon travel to Asia for display in the shop of one of Goldberg’s most important clients.
Galaxy Crossover bangle in platinum with 30.13 cts. t.w. diamonds; $312,000; William Goldberg