Swarovski and the City
Looks like Swarovski is in a New York state of mind. Not only is the crystal manufacturer about to debut a “Manhattan” collection—its first foray into sterling silver—but it’s also entered an exclusive partnership with the newly released film Sex and the City 2, which features its jewelry and accessories on screen.
For Manhattan (part of Swarovski’s 2011 fall/winter line, Under the Blue), creative director Natalie Colin drew inspiration from Nordic landscapes and seascapes to compose an icy color palette of deep blues, grays, and blacks. The set—necklace, pendant, bracelet, and ring—pairs black cubic zirconia with a chain-link silhouette in rhodium-plated sterling silver. The collection, which retails for $260 to $320, will be available in early August at Swarovski boutiques, at authorized retailers, and on Swarovski.com.
From the Manhattan collection: silver and CZ
necklace; $320; Swarovski North America Ltd.; 800-426-3088;
As part of its cinematic collaboration, more than 800 Swarovski boutiques around the world have revamped their windows Sex and the City-style. The stores will offer accessories that allow customers to emulate the styles of their favorite SATC characters. Swarovski’s products appear throughout the movie, the second feature based on the long-running HBO comedy series. —Cherilyn Sajorda
Reduce, Reuse, Retail
Retail giant Walmart Canada has launched its first line of sustainable jewelry: Made from recycled sterling silver, TerraCycle features fashion pendants and earrings priced from $16 to $29. More than 200 Walmarts across Canada carry the environmentally conscious accessories.
TerraCycle jewelry is rhodium-plated and crafted with recycled third-party certified silver from Hoover & Strong Harmony Metal and Gems.
Founded by Tom Szaky in 2001, TerraCycle produces eco-friendly products, including bags, office supplies, and even organic fertilizer. —CS
Do You Know the Way to Santa Fe?
On June 6, the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, N.M., will play host to Silver Seduction: The Art of Mexican Modernist Antonio Pineda, a salute to the renowned silver artist’s most celebrated work.
Pineda’s silver cuff with amethyst cabochon, from 1953
An undated photograph of the artist
Courtesy of Antonio Pineda and Javier Ruiz
Heralded for his bold designs and ingenious use of gemstones, Pineda—who passed away at age 90 last December—proudly identified himself as a taxqueño silversmith. He and other members of the Taxco School—a movement named for the small Mexican town of Taxco de Alarcón—broke new ground in technical achievement and design.
The exhibit comprises more than 200 necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, and tableware which illustrate Pineda’s refined execution and hand-wrought appeal. It traces the evolution of his work from the 1930s to the 1970s, an era that especially highlights his contributions to Mexican modernism and the creation of his country’s artistic identity. Silver Seduction runs through Jan. 2, 2011. —CS