Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Vegas, Part 2

Hopefully you enjoyed yesterday's post--there's nothing I enjoy more than hearing about designers that I haven't yet been exposed to. In that same vein, I'm bringing you four more today. Some are new on the scene, while others have quite a bit of longevity. Either way, they are all certainly worthy of a little attention. 

Let's begin with veteran designer Paula Crevoshay (above), whose work really blends the arts of goldsmithing, gemology and sculpture. She has an eye for very vivid colored gems, including stunners like the bi-colored tourmaline ring above. I especially love her work with opals and intricately carved stones. Her pieces have been featured at museums like the Carnegie and the Smithsonian, and are destined to be classics. 

Next up we have rising star Amali Jewelry, just launched in 2007 by Sara Freedenfeld after catching the jewelry bug while backpacking in South America. She learned her technique along the way: In Chile, she learned to combine natural elements with knotted strings, and in Venezuela, she was taught how to link and mold metal. Her designs, such as the ruby rondelle and 18-karat gold earrings above, exude a chic 1970s vibe while still feeling very modern.
While the cuff above isn't brand new, I still feel like I must bring a little Yossi Harari into your life. This Israeli-born, Istanbul-based designer manages to merge ancient techniques and sensibilities into incredibly fashion-forward jewelry. Hallmarks of his line include 24-karat yellow gold, rose-cut and black diamonds, and oxidized metals with a black tone. 

Lastly, we have Yael Sonia, another rising star. After her graduation from Parsons School of Design in 1998, she began building a name for herself as an innovative designer using color for both reasons of beauty and function. She loves both interactive jewelry and pieces based on movement in children's toys, like her new Kite line above. She splits her time between Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Manhattan.