For Priyanka Kedia’s new Ayva brand, the San Francisco–based designer mined her family’s jewelry-rich past in Mumbai, India, for present-day inspiration. She reimagined an heirloom necklace with marquise-cut stones—Ayva’s signature shape—across 30 SKUs in 14k gold with a gorgeous array of tiny marquise-cut sapphires and amethysts, among other shapes and colors. “The marquise in my grandmother’s necklace took almost a year to source,” Kedia says. “Finding matching stones was not easy.” The result? A contemporary nod to her grandmother’s jewel box treasures.
Top: open hoop earrings in 18k gold with 1.75 cts. t.w. white sapphires, 1 ct. t.w. yellow sapphires, 0.7 ct. t.w. amethysts, and 0.3 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,400; right: Crescent necklace in 18k gold with 0.5 ct. t.w. diamonds and 0.55 ct. t.w. amethysts, $3,800, double-finger ring in 14k gold with 4 cts. t.w. white sapphires, 1 ct. t.w. amethysts, 0.6 ct. t.w. yellow sapphires, and 0.4 ct. t.w. diamonds, $6,800; Ayva, San Francisco; 855-378-3692; ayvajewelry.com
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Tej and Anar Bhansali hail from the family behind the luxe La Reina brand, but when the brother and sister debuted Bhansali Jewelry in 2014, the line’s signature style was far from familiar. Gem-in-gem inlay and carved stones create memorable pieces made abroad in the family’s factory in Bangkok.
Ring in 18k white gold with 0.7 ct. t.w. diamonds in 5.54 ct. amethyst, $3,700, bhansalijewelry.com
“By far our most popular colored stone is Australian opal, especially black opal from Lightning Ridge.”
—Gracie Hays, owner, The Gem Garden, San Marcos, Calif.