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.
(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; email@example.com; grainnemorton.co.uk
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Oscar 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