Fashion Facets

FINDS FROM BASEL’S DESIGNER HALLS Today, a major jewelry fair would not be complete without a special exhibit or hall dedicated to designer jewelry. These displays showcase everything from award-winning “classics of tomorrow” to truly avant-garde pieces meant to teach and inspire rather than to be worn. To an American eye unaccustomed to European-style art jewelry, the designer halls at Basel may seem a waste of time, but beyond the show-stopping sculptures lie some truly interesting – and yes, wearable – new sources of designer jewelry. Each year, JCK scopes out pieces or artists’ work that might be applicable to American jewelers and gallery owners. Here are some of 1998’s Basel design finds: Nuria Ruiz was born in Barcelona, Spain, but moved with her family to Geneva, Switzerland, at age 5. The daughter of a jeweler and an art collector, Ruiz was painting and drawing

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