I’m thrilled to be working with the LoveGold again to curate my favorite jewels. If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then gold must be the cousin she loves to play with. And it’s no accident that all things good are considered “golden.” The element transcends currencies and languages and is considered the single best investment by the most savvy of investors. Also, it’s just plain pretty. I like to call it wearable art, and am excited to share some of my favorite finds from recent travels. I’m always on the lookout for jewelry designers who craft gold in new and exciting ways, and these are just a few of the incredible talents out there!
From Mexico, there’s Aurora Bailey, a former artist who creates one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by…well, rocks! Doesn’t sound all that glamorous, but envision precious stone rocks in the form of emeralds and rubies. Seems pretty glamorous now, huh?
Famed Jewel Artist Cindy Chao also blurs the line between jeweler and artist (she sculpts each piece herself). Her work is even in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian. With butterfly brooches and branch bangles, Cindy’s already won the world over, so really you don’t even need to visit Beijing to come across her gorgeous creations (though I recommend the trip, anyway!).
When I was in Thailand with the hubby and boy last summer, I found this stunning gold and turquoise ring with raw diamond slices by a local jewel artisan. From the revered Van Cleef & Arpels four leaf clover motif necklace my grandmother introduced me to during our last trip to Paris fourteen years ago (it was her final time in Europe) to this funky ring found on the islands, I’ve always had a thing for gold and turquoise and collect it everywhere I go. Many cultures throughout history have thought it to bring good luck, and who couldn’t use some of that?
During a visit to Italy last month, I heard about Buccellati’s half a million dollar iPad cover. Yes, you read that correctly…$485,000, to be exact! The gold case features the jeweler’s famous Rigato etching technique, in which parallel lines are cut onto the surface of the metal to obtain a sheen effect. Taking inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings of the sun, Buccellati topped this with sunburst designs made of yet more gold (white this time, to contrast the yellow) and plenty of diamonds. Certainly a very expensive souvenir for the casual traveler, but there’s no denying it’s a sight to see!
Who are some of the jewelry designers you’ve discovered abroad? Hashtag #LoveGold and #Wanderlust with photos of jewels you found on trips, and we will pick our favorites to post on the Snob Essentials Instagram!
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