More of an art form than an ac­ces­sory, jewelry is one of the most cre­ative and ex­pres­sive el­e­ments of fash­ion

Times of the Islands - - Departments - BY PA­TRI­CIA LETAKIS

Jewelry De­sign Un­leashed

Call it the fi­nal touch on your en­sem­ble. Jewelry can daz­zle the wearer, com­plete an out­fit and even im­press oth­ers. But most im­por­tantly, it can make or break your fash­ion look. Jewelry de­sign­ers right now are rock­ing it with big, bold, state­ment-mak­ing pieces. Over-the-top drop ear­rings are show­ing up decked out with plenty of eye-catch­ing stones. Be­jew­eled cuffs give bracelets new mean­ing, and rose gold com­petes with its yel­low and white sib­lings for your at­ten­tion. Al­though di­a­monds will al­ways be a girl’s best friend, de­sign­ers are now show­ing them off in mes­mer­iz­ing star­burst set­tings, mak­ing

them even more rock star wor­thy.


From Roberto Coin’s Sau­vage Col­lec­tion come bold, mod­ern shapes. A pair­ing of black jade and pave di­a­monds em­bel­lishes both this 18k yel­low gold ring ($11,500) and the 18k white gold ban­gle ($9,900). Avail­able at Congress Jewel­ers on Sani­bel Is­land, con­gress­jew­el­ers.com.


The Pol­ish-born Aus­tralian de­signer cre­ates these stun­ning bracelets fea­tur­ing Swarovski crys­tals and sub­tly dif­fer­ent bands and de­tail­ing. The Sweet Pineap­ple ($186) is from the Fruit Col­lec­tion and the El­e­gant Navy Blue ($206) is part of the Chic Col­lec­tion. Avail­able at iz­abelafe­lin­ski.com.


These 18k Yel­low Gold Ca­nary Di­a­mond Slice Ear­rings ($22,295) will leave the girl who has ev­ery­thing breath­less. But for some­thing slightly tamer, con­sider this 14k Rose Gold Di­a­mond Leaf Ever­leigh Ring ($945). Avail­able at an­nesis­teron.com.


For one-of-a-kind jewelry, de­signer Mark Loren blends think­ing-out­side­the-box with his­toric trea­sures and gems. He pairs a 22-carat pear-shaped aqua­ma­rine with a fancy-cut citrine, link­ing them with pave di­a­monds and a small pear-shaped or­ange sap­phire ($18,925). An an­cient Ro­man bronze relic framed by di­a­monds and 14k yel­low gold is ac­cented with an or­ange sap­phire bril­liant ($6,795). Avail­able at Mark Loren De­signs in Fort My­ers, mark­loren­de­signs.com


These three de­signs turn di­a­monds into shoot­ing stars, exquisitely set in yel­low, white and rose gold: Trip­lic­ity Golden Pen­dant ($1,750), Illa Cos­mic Di­a­mond Neck­lace (start­ing at $1,490) and Trip­lic­ity Drop Ear Vines ($8,900). Avail­able at heart­son­fire.com or through Dunkin’s Di­a­monds in Fort My­ers and Naples, dunk­ins­di­a­monds.com.


Spot­ted on ac­tress Jen­nifer Lawrence and Vic­to­ria Se­cret model Candice Swanepoel, this de­signer’s jewelry is a hit with celebs. Fa­vorite pieces in­clude: the Teardrop Labradorite Pave Cap and Di­a­mond Bar Chain Neck­lace ($7,440), the Di­a­mond Bezel and Mini Dou­ble Bone Horn Tinker­bell Ear­rings ($1,375), and the Freeform Moon­stone and Di­a­mond Chan­de­lier Ear­rings ($7,000). Avail­able at jacquieaiche.com.


Hand­crafted in Chile, these Luku­tuwe Yel­low Gold Topaz Ear­rings ($2,250) and Yel­low Gold Green Quartz Ear­rings ($2,500) are the de­signs of jewelry artists Alexis and Tathi­enne Thiele. In­spired by their South Amer­i­can her­itage, the sis­ters blend an­cient art with a con­tem­po­rary spirit. Avail­able at millapani.com.


Re­sem­bling the look of the world’s most lux­u­ri­ous food, the Caviar Col­lec­tion fea­tures the Black Caviar Di­a­mond Bracelet ($3,200), the 18k Caviar Gold Wrap Bracelet ($3,000) and the Sig­na­ture Caviar Di­a­mond Cross­over Ring ($1,000). Avail­able at la­gos.com.

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