Some of the most compelling contemporary jewelry designers are infusing their collections with political, personal, or cultural commentary. Designer Coomi Bhasin, for one, channeled frustrations with the feminine status quo for her latest collection, Uncensored—which features words and phrases including Warrior, Sorry Not Sorry, Uncontrollable, and Censored in bold designs rendered in gold, diamonds, and colored enamel. “As women, we’re told we’re not supposed to do certain things because they’re not ladylike—that it’s inappropriate to use the F-word or other swear words when we speak,” she explains. “Well, you know what? I can say whatever I want.” And here’s the jewelry to prove it.
20k yellow gold Me pendant with 0.24 ct. t.w. diamonds and red enamel, $6,000; 20k yellow gold Sorry Not Sorry pendant with 0.12 ct. t.w. diamonds and black enamel, $2,300; 20k yellow gold Censored pendant with 0.65 ct. t.w. diamonds and red enamel, $6,500; 20k yellow gold I Love Myself pendant with 0.21 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,900; 20k yellow gold FOH pendant with 2.78 cts. t.w. white diamonds, 0.4 ct. t.w. black diamonds, and enamel, $16,000; 20k yellow gold I Am pendant with 0.23 ct. t.w. diamonds and black enamel, $2,300; 20k yellow gold Bitch pendant with 0.72 ct. t.w. diamonds and 0.43 ct. t.w. red sapphires, $6,500; 20k yellow gold Whatever question mark pendant with 0.44 ct. t.w. diamonds, 1.05 cts. t.w. black onyx, and black enamel, $4,900; Coomi; email@example.com; coomi.com
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Los Angeles jewelry atelier Spinelli Kilcollin has taken its famous interlinked Galaxy ring to the dark side with the Indra Black Gold Galaxy ring. The new design is made from a proprietary, heavier-than-gold metal composed of 18k gold mixed with palladium and other alloys that the brand invented to improve on black rhodium plating, which fades over time. There’s no doubt—this heavy metal rocks.
18k black gold and sterling silver ring with 1.4 cts. t.w. micro-pavé gray diamonds and sterling silver and 18k black gold connectors; $8,000; spinellikilcollin.com