Colored Stones, July–August 2019: Grainne Morton’s Mobile-Like Jewels



Grainne Morton Man in the Moon necklaceCAN’T-MISS COLLECTION

Finders Keepers

Jewelry designer Grainne Morton has mastered the art of mixing and matching seemingly disparate stones and objects in cohesive-feeling jewelry pieces that have earned her a robust following. But the Irish jeweler, who lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland, and calls herself a “collager of materials,” does more than corral tiny elements; her designs pack real historical perspective. Morton says her latest mobilelike jewels were inspired by her love of 20th-century fashion—notably Droopy & Browns and AnnaBelinda. Her pieces may have the appearance of having been assembled spontaneously, but closer inspection reveals their thoughtful orderliness. It’s a trick Morton pulls off regularly, and with aplomb.

 

Grainne Morton antique enamel and bird earringsGrainne Morton victorian earrings(From top) Nautical 18k gold–plated silver necklace with an antique button, lapis, garnet, vintage glass, enamel, pearl, and a glass eye, $1,840; Man in the Moon 18k gold–plated silver necklace with labradorite, mother-of-pearl, antique button, shell, abalone, and aventurine, $1,440; antique Enamel and Bird 18k gold–plated silver earrings with enamel, turquoise, pink chrysoprase, an antique button, labradorite, and pearl, $1,125; Victorian 18k gold–plated silver drop earrings with an antique button, opal, moonstone, shell, turquoise, cameo, pearl, coral, and tourmaline, $1,335; Grainne Morton; info@grainnemorton.co.uk; grainnemorton.co.uk

 

Lito aquamarine ringHOT STOCK TIP

The Incredibles

Lito tourmaline ringOscar Wilde’s advice “We should all be a little incredible” inspired Greek jewelry designer Lito Karakostanoglou to create her new Treasure Box series. Her one-off cocktail rings feature chunky, kaleidoscopic center stones of amethyst, ametrine, and tourmaline wrapped in settings peppered with teeny-tiny rose-cut diamonds. The overall effect? Dizzying, darling.

18k pink gold ring with 5.91 ct. oval-cut aquamarine and white and pink diamonds, $9,900; 18k pink gold ring with 6.82 ct. pear-cut tourmaline with white and light brown diamonds, $7,120; litofinejewelry.com