When Brazilian jewelry designer Jack Vartanian created his new Chain collection of oversize sterling silver necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, he had the buzz of distorted electric guitars whirring in his brain. “I wanted to create the links of a chain to give a punk rock feeling,” says the designer, who was also inspired by a pair of bracelets that combine leather and chain owned by his wife, Cássia. “They always gave me a feeling of strength…and there was a certain romanticism to them, with a pinch of rock ’n’ roll.” The collection’s chic and affordable rhodium-plated sterling silver pieces conform neatly to the current craze for big chains—and totally rock.
(From top) Large hoop earrings, $480; small hoop earrings, $300; short earrings, $200; rhodium-plated sterling silver choker-length necklace, $1,300; Jack Vartanian; firstname.lastname@example.org; jackvartanian.com
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The Book of Ruthenium
Vicenza, Italy–based Pianegonda specializes in sophisticated sterling silver, and for spring the 25-year-old jewelry brand debuted a series of refined designs that pair the icy white metal with black ruthenium. The graphic Clipea bracelet has a futuristic feel but was inspired by nature—specifically crocodile scales, and pebbles rounded by the passage of time.
Sterling silver and ruthenium galvanic bracelet; $803; pianegonda.us