Anissa Kermiche Jewelry

You might think, upon discovering Anissa Kermiche's namesake jewelry label, that she is a wild bohemian spirit uninhibited by life's mundanity. In fact, the London-based designer was raised to be anything but. Born in Paris, Kermiche's strict mother instilled a strong work ethic in her daughter. When it was clear that a job in a creative field would not be supported by her family, Kermiche worked as an engineer before turning to her true love—jewelry—studying at Central Saint Martins and Holts Academy. Now her line (which can easily be added to the list of new, interesting jewelry labels to obsess over), is being lauded for its unusual take on the everyday. Kermiche creates necklaces out of female busts (rubies take the place of nipples) and legs (her Precieux Pubis pendant features crossed legs with a triangular onyx representing the pubis).

Her work isn't restricted to the female form however. Pearl earrings curl like tiny cocoons and appear to travel through ear lobes, diamond chokers replicate the swirling plastic versions worn obsessively in the '90s, and diamond studded ear suspenders are designed to hug the ear. Inspired by everyday shapes like lamps, paintings, and sculptures, Kermiche's pieces are the one-of-a-kind specimens that are unique enough to cherish, but cool enough to wear everyday. 

 


Roxanne Assoulin Jewelry

Hear the name Assoulin and chances are you'll think of the chic, New York-based fashion designer and her dramatic, ruffled-filled line. However, Assoulin's mother-in-law, Roxanne Assoulin, has long been a force in the fashion industry. The jewelry designer began her career in 1983, when she launched her namesake line from her basement. It was sold at Henri Bendel and Neiman Marcus, and quickly gained the attention of designers like Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, and Marc Jacobs. She soon began creating custom pieces for their runway shows, and shortly thereafter launched another line, Lee Angel. 

In 2014 the designer returned to her eponymous label to work with Rosie, where she collaborated on pieces for her collections. Case in point: the mosaic-inspired chokers and button earrings in the designer's fall 2016 collection (shown above). Just like her daughter-in-law's playful designs, Assoulin's jewels are brightly hued and full of joy. In her own words: “Uncomplicated indulgence.” Things that provide pleasure but are not meant to be overthought—like a swim in the ocean or buying a fresh bouquet of flowers. And above all, the importance of a smile when you catch a glance at your wrist, ears, or neck.

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Katerina Makriyianni earrings

Cretan-born jewelry designer Katerina Makriyianni got her start early. While still a young girl, her parents opened a jewelry boutique and workshop, which specialized in unique, bespoke designs. Her interest sufficiently piqued, Makriyianni went on to study ballet and theatre throughout her childhood before following the family legacy and taking specialized courses in design and engraving. 

Years later, her eponymous label is making waves. Her collections are filled with a mix of ancient Greek-inspired bracelets and necklaces, rings made from hammered gold and colorful gemstones, and her now signature Kilims earrings (shown above). Already a fashion set favorite, they're the type of shoulder dusting statement makers that you want to wear whilst vacationing on a Greek island.

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Christie Nicolaides

Australian-based jewelry designer Christie Nicolaides possesses the innate ability to create opulent, decadent earrings that don’t seem to be too much. Inspired by her Greek heritage and unique designs from ancient Mesopotamia, Nicolaides’ hand crafted pieces are dramatic, yet still modern (she credits the extra large proportions for the contemporary feel). Ranging from shoulder grazing earrings to rings, crowns, and necklaces, her creations often feature brightly hued semi-precious stones, coins, and beaten gold. Just like a Sicilian treasure that has been rediscovered after years hidden away in an ancient jewelry box, these are pieces you are thrilled to discover, then joyous to wear.

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Kathryn and Lizzie Fortunato Capsule Jewelry Collection

There’s no doubt that the biggest jewelry trends of the moment are statements earrings and chokers. To that end, jewelry designer Lizzie Fortunato set about creating a 16-piece capsule collection full of just that: fringed and slightly tribal accented statement earrings and an array of chokers. “For me, chokers are best worn with a crewneck. I feel like a solid black or white top is easily dressed up by a leather choker with gold plating or semi-precious details,” says Kathryn Fortunato (the other half of the label). “Our chokers are made for day to night, they’re definitely not too fancy for the office.”

Consider it the ultimate capsule collection for the summer.

Available at Lizzie Fortunato , snap them up now. 


Gold chains

Fashion trends are cyclical, and while eccentricity and maximalism may reign in one area, they'll undoubtedly minimize in another. Case in point: dramatic earrings are in, so necklaces are paring back. Specifically, gold chains. From jewelry designer Kathleen Whitaker's fine gold chain to fashion assistants, the simple—charmless—gold chain is having a moment.

Forget pendants or baubles, the newest way to adorn your neck is with a plain chain—the simpler the better.


Mercedes Salazar earrings

Statement earrings have been a fixture on the runway for multiple seasons now, and besides the choker, are undeniably the accessory du jour.

However, bigger is always better, and Colombian designer Mercedes Salazar’s line of vibrant and (literally) shoulder dusting earrings are impressively dramatic. Her line has become a staple amongst the fashion and music set (Katy Perry donned a pair on Instagram and Lauren Santo Domingo), and her earrings the biggest hit. Made with a Latin influence in mind, the hand-made fabrications (like mini pom poms and swishy tassels) they have a certain joi de vivre that can sometimes only be achieved by putting on something fantastic.

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Quiet Storms

Located in Williamsburg on an unexpectedly peaceful stretch of Grand street resides Quiet Storms, a new jewelry boutique that feels more like a chic apartment than a place to shop for your newest accessory. A curved couch and ficcus tree greet you at the front door, and jewels are laid out on a center table, making it easy to touch (and try on), pieces you might want to invest in. The atmosphere however, is perfectly in line with the exquisite pieces that owner, Reshma Patel, has curated for the space. New standout jewelers like Annelise Michelson and Charlotte Chesnais sit beside Kathleen Whitaker and Sorelle NYC. Including a perfect mix of fine and fashion jewelry, these are lines that offer pieces you spot on your favorite fashionistas and wonder they got them.

Visit the store, 142 Grand St, Williamsburg


Accessory: Rebecca de Ravenel Jewelry

These days, it seems not a day goes by without a pair of Rebecca de Ravenel’s Les Bonbons earrings appearing on someone fabulous. The jet-setting designer launched her namesake line in 2015, and has won fans around the world for her fun, statement jewels. Raised between the Bahamas and Paris, de Ravenel was inspired by the stylish women that flitted in and out of her life, influencing both her personal style and her jewelry taste. “There are a few pieces of jewelry that have never left my mind,” she says. “One was an extraordinary charm necklace worn by a woman I grew up around, each charm was more dazzling and amusing than the next and it was full to the brim of goodies. I always was fascinated as to how it didn't break. I have loved that necklace for as long as I can remember. Another was a friend of my mothers, who I still refer to as the lady with the ring. She wore a ring on her little finger that had two delicately dangling chains one with a diamond and one with a pearl."

De Ravenel's ‘Les Bonbons’ earrings (currently the only style she stocks), began rather organically. She needed a pair of lightweight earrings that were whimsical and wearable, and whilst donning a pair she quickly gained compliments from family and friends. Handmade in India with silk thread, the earrings marry de Ravenel’s mix of Bahamian and Parisian style, references that appear in both her jewelry making and home (she's also an interior designer). “I find French women tend to dress more effortlessly than others. In the islands, comfort and ease are essential. What I love about each is that the essence of island style and Parisian style are similar in the sense that people wear what is practical and feminine, it's less curated than the women you see in most places at the moment.”

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Lady Grey x Fox Fodder Farm

The brooch may conjure thoughts of your grandmother’s Sunday best, but these days it’s so much more chic. Take Alessandro Michele’s flower brooches at Gucci, which feel more decorative than over-the-top, and imbued a sense of whimsy. Now, jewelry label Lady Grey has partnered with Brooklyn-based florist Fox Fodder Farm on a pair of brooches intended to be filled with real flowers. Custom-filled by Fox Fodder Farm, the brooches can be delivered anywhere in New York, each possessing its own unique flower. “We're obsessed with brooches in general lately because they bring an entirely different element to adornment and accessorizing that no other piece of jewelry can,” says Lady Grey designers Jill Martinelli and Sabine Le Guyader. “We really wanted to explore working with flowers as wearable pieces; there's something so luxurious about the ephemeral quality of the flower and its momentary existence, in contrast with the hardness of the sleek metal brooch.” And when the flower is long gone, consider your brooch a useful accessory.

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Jeweler Kathleen Whitaker

Los Angeles-based designer Kathleen Whitaker creates jewelry with simple, elegant shapes in mind. Even her stone pieces (which cater to the organic silhouettes of nature), are modern and refined. With a studio art background that includes sculpture and three-dimensional, functional pieces, Whitaker wasn’t drawn to jewelry as a child. Rather, she possesses an appreciation for an entire approach to style and aesthetics.


She counts Brancusi as inspiration, citing his materials and forms as touch points. “I know I need to get in line when I say Brancusi,” she says. “But what's not to admire? The materials and forms, the restraint and serenity, the ambition and confidence. He leaves his viewers to answer their own questions, and to spark their own imaginations.  Which, I suppose, is the very definition of inspiring.” In terms of fashion, she looks to designers such as Phoebe Philo, Alber Elbaz, and Dries Van Noten. “They repeatedly innovate and elevate within the boundary of their own individual, singular point of view. That is very enviable.” For Whitaker, jewelry is meant to be worn, and adapted, to its owner. “The hallmarks of the brand are reflective of the jewelry itself—simple and understated and classic. And I think the same can be said for the wearer.”

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Orit Elhanati

Copenhagen-based jewelry designer Orit Elhenati’s sculptural, gold hoop ‘Stranger’ earrings (they look as if sheets of metal have been crushed in the hands of a giant), are the stuff dreams are made of. Raised between Denmark, Israel and Greece, Elhanati was inspired by her grandmother’s jewelry collection and the clean lines of Scandinavia. While the ‘Stranger’ earrings (and a matching choker) were created for Danish fashion designer Mark Kenly Domino Tan during Copenhagen Fashion Week in January, Elhanati also offers a complete line exclusively in gold. Her most recent collection, Letter M, features bright gold round disks inlaid with tiny jewels and a unique chain, drawing upon her love for Middle Eastern culture.

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Aurelie Bidermann New Uptown Store

Spend just a moment with French jewelry designer Aurélie Bidermann, and you’re sure to fall under her charming spell. Always draped in jewels (her own and vintage) and a chic look with barely there makeup and typical French girl hair, she’s instantly warm and friendly, incredibly funny, and full of advice. "Always pack jewelry for each occasion when you travel,” she offered up over breakfast. It makes sense then, that New Yorkers have flocked to her namesake jewelry line and first US-based store in Soho. Now, the designer has opened up a second location on Madison Avenue. In keeping with her other two stores (there's also a Paris location), Bidermann’s space is is far from a traditional jewelry store. Dusty pink couches and cacti sit in the all-white location, with painted wood and travertine accents providing chic contrasts. Then there are the jewels. Bidermann offers up a variety of elegant, fine pieces and more playful accoutrements (kind of like the designer herself), that are more than swoon-worthy.

Visit the Uptown store, 957 Madison Ave, New York


Must Read: Lee

Lee Radziwill, sister to Jackie O, remains one of America’s chicest icons. Her style is unfaltering in its dedication to simple silhouettes, beautiful tailoring, and a touch of Upper East Side wasp (with a little cheeky edge). She is a longtime fan of Giambattista Valli, sitting front row at his show each season, and her impeccable taste has inspired many a fashion designer. Besides her contribution to fashion though, is her incredible life, all of which is captured in a gorgeous new book titled, ‘Lee.’ The tome is laid like like a scrapbook of Radziwill’s happiest memories, with polaroids mixed appearing beside paparazzi shots. There are small bursts of text, illustrating a moment or happy memory, but mostly, it conveys Radziwill’s joy-filled moments, photo book style. And in typical Radziwill fashion, the cloth bound cover with navy embossed title is the epitome of chic.

Buy Lee here. 


Mizuki collar

A trademark of the ‘90s, chokers were all over the Spring 2016 runways. And if every street style and party snap is anything to go by, they aren’t going away anytime soon. Mizuki’s incredibly chic, black cord version with white pearl and diamond clip is the answer to that in-between choker—a piece that works just as well with a navy suit and white t-shirt as it does with a black tie gown. 


Mizuki collar, $1,445, bergdorfgoodman.com


Lady Grey Jewelry

BROOKLYN-BASED jewelry label Lady Grey has been creating unique pieces with unusual—and handcrafted—stones for years. Since the label’s launch in 2009, designers Jill Martinelli and Sabine Le Guyader have focused their aesthetic (the pair love chokers and sculptural, statement-making pieces), on bold and graphic designs, perfecting their signature shapes like horse bits and hooves. For Spring 2016 (available to purchase now), they worked with abalone sea shells, including their iridescent beauty in rings, necklaces, and—shown above—a pair of earrings. Combining both an on-trend hoop, the abalone shell and a Swarovski crystal, these are instant head turners.

Lady Grey Circle Locus Earring, $264, ladygrey.com


Crystalline jewelry

In the early 20th century, an art movement called Suprematism saw artists rebelling against tradition in search of art’s core essentials. The result was the eventual use of the barest motifs, such as rectangles and circles against monochrome backgrounds. This ethos, and the appreciation of vivid colors and architectural lines, is behind Monaco-based jewelry line Crystalline. Launched by two friends, Elena Kosenkova and Kira Pokhiton, who met whilst working at Tatler and Vogue respectively, this is a jewelry line that doesn’t fuss around. Their pieces are instantly recognizable, both sleek and sculpted, futuristic and avant garde. Hand-crafted in Italy, each piece is a miniature artwork. This season the duo were inspired by Kazimir Malevich, and focused the collection on earrings and brooches alone. Truly pared back essentials.


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Sorelle NYC

JEWELRY DESIGNER Francesca Grosso is clearly obsessed with hoops. In fact, her line Sorelle NYC (which means sister), is full of the of-the-moment shape. “I always, always wore hoops growing up,” says Grosso. “As a kid of the ‘90s they’re definitely something that has stuck with me, and one of my favorite shapes. I’m known as the hoop girl now!” Grosso launched her line a little over a year ago while working at Opening Ceremony, when she felt the need to embark on a creative endeavor of her own. Her latest collection, which joins the ranks of ‘show-now/buy-now’ is full of her classic pieces—lots of hoops, statement earrings, interesting rings—and is guaranteed to become instant classic, cool-girl pieces. Since its inception, Grosso has partnered with up-and-coming label Sandy Liang (known for her shaggy, faux fur jackets), and a special piece for LRS Studio's Fall 2016 show. The best part—all Sorelle pieces are under $500.


Get your pair at SorelleNYC.com.