Colored Stones: Enamel Jewelry by Andy Lif and Nina Runsdorf

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Plique-à-Jour Thing

In the crowded landscape of contemporary jewelry design, it’s rare to discover a collection that feels genuinely fresh. But that’s the case with Andy Lif, the Los Angeles–based brand founded by designer Andy “Lif” Lifschutz. The atelier’s Speed of Color series marries buttery 18k yellow gold with vibrant colored gemstones (sapphires, garnets, tourmalines, and colored diamonds) and equally electric enamel, achieved through the ancient plique-à-jour technique that creates a stained-glass look. Lifschutz says the old-meets-new collection of rings, earrings, and pendant necklaces was inspired by his “love of craftsmanship, culture, and both the beauty and grit of life.” Viva colore!

andy lif enamel sima ring(From top) 18k yellow gold and red plique-à-jour enamel Perfect Huggies earrings with 0.55 ct. t.w. rubies, $2,500; 18k yellow gold Midnight Blue ring with a 2.7 ct. celestial-cut African sapphire and 0.25 ct. t.w. blue accent sapphires, $9,000; 18k yellow gold and light blue plique-à-jour enamel pendant with 0.2 ct. t.w. rubies on 18k gold chain, $2,750; 18k yellow gold and cognac vitreous enamel Sima ring with 0.44 ct. t.w. blue sapphires; $2,500; Andy Lif;;


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Hip Hoop Don’t Stop

These chic 18k rose gold, black enamel, and rose quartz earrings from New York City–based jewelry designer Nina Runsdorf pair two trends currently reigning in jewelry: glossy enamel and a hoop design. The style’s pink-and-black palette was cribbed from the colors of artist Richard Prince’s Untitled (Cowboy), which depicts a cowboy riding a sepia-tinted horse. But no horsing around: These über-wearable earrings feel like surefire sellers for spring/summer.

Enamel and 18k rose gold hoop earrings with rose quartz; $2,700;

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