Jewelry designers are all askew. Using mixed shapes and sizes of stones, they are striking a beguilingly out-of-balance note in jewels that favor the crooked path. In other words, forget about playing it straight.
Top: Bangle bracelet in 14k gold with 18k gold accents and 1.56 cts. t.w. white topaz, $2,690 each, Lauren Chisholm, NYC, 917-538-7684, laurenchisholm.com; Uneven Dot charm necklace in 14k gold with 0.3 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,920, Ilana Ariel, NYC, 212-947-2600, ilanaarielcollections.com; right: stud earrings in 14k gold with 0.56 ct. t.w. diamonds, $550, N+A New York, NYC, 917-653-1885, nandanewyork.com
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After studying sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design, artist Wing Yau created a series of necklaces based on textile sculptures that served as the foundation of her 3-year-old jewelry line, WWake. Yau says she “recontextualizes jewelry into unexpected arrangements and modern silhouettes.” From an editor’s point of view, that translates to 14k gold and gemstone styles that are both chic and delightfully affordable.
Three-Step ring in 14k gold with opals and 0.03 ct. diamonds, $524, wwake.com
“Gold is really starting to move! We have a fabulous new assortment of Marco Bicego—his hand-engraved Lunaria collection is unbelievable—along with some private-label brands and KC Designs’ geometric pendants and earrings. Some colored gemstone pieces are getting more attention, and even rose gold is hot now.”
—Jenny Calleri, brand ambassador, T-Bird Jewels, Las Vegas