Colored Stones, March 2020: Millapani, Adam Foster, and More

Millapani imperial topaz and multi gemstone ringsCAN’T-MISS COLLECTION

The Painted Desert

Millapani milky aquamarine ringFine jewelry brand Millapani is based in New York City, but its designs are deeply inspired by the Chilean roots of its founders, Karen Thiele and her daughters, Alexis and Tathienne Thiele. The atelier’s new Constellation collection is ­composed of 18k yellow gold pieces set with a multitude of quietly colorful gems, including ­rutilated quartz and milky aquamarine. Collectively, it’s an artistic response to a natural phenomenon, says Karen, explaining that the designs “were inspired by the starry Atacama Desert sky, when the glow of the rising sun shines over the eastern horizon.”

Millapani rutilated quartz earrings(From top) 18k yellow gold hoop earrings with Brazilian milky aquamarines, $1,60018k yellow gold ring with a milky aquamarine center, $4,000; ring with 60 ct. imperial topaz in 18k yellow gold, $2,600, ring with diamonds, tourmaline, garnets, and amethyst in 18k yellow gold, $2,55018k yellow gold earrings with rutilated quartz slices, $2,800; Millapani;;


Adam Foster Ethiopian opal bead earringsHOT STOCK TIP

Galaxy Quest

Opals have been ubiquitous in fine jewelry for years now, but St. Louis–based designer Adam Foster uses the iridescent gem in thrillingly original ways at Adam Foster Fine Jewelry. Take these orb-tastic 18k yellow gold and opal drop earrings that evoke gleaming little galaxies. Foster personally sourced the opal beads on a recent trip to India and says the hand-engraved line pattern on the gold “references the connection lines on old star maps.”

18k yellow gold earrings with 19.11 cts. t.w. Ethiopian opal beads and gold accents; $13,600;