Christine Mackellar: Jazzy Fusion

For several seasons, fashion has been all about textures and luxury. From fur to leather to embroidery and other embellishments, unusual accents and layers infuse even simple clothing designs with these two important themes. While jewelry often naturally embodies both themes, Christine Mackellar consciously incorporates them into her design philosophy. Mackellar, a veteran of the craft circuit, creates jewelry with a rich layering of textures and an unusual twist to the two-tone idea made popular by designers like David Yurman and Steven Lagos. Mackellar's signature look combines gold and sterling silver in seamless, fused jewelry. The gold accents the pieces by flowing through the sterling like a stream of hot lava. She achieves a similar effect in platinum over gold. The highly sculptural pieces are bold and contemporary, accented with various and often unusual stones. Among her favo

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