Zebra Designs expands the white wave with another member of the platinum
group of metals
Silver and platinum jewelry is enjoying a groundswell of popularity.
Designer Helmut Klysch of Zebra Design, based in Berlin, Germany, hopes
to ride this white wave by creating jewelry with palladium, a member of
the platinum group of metals.
Most jewelers don't carry much palladium, says Karen Lautanen, president
of Zebra Design. "It has a very high melting point and is considered
difficult to work with," she says. So Zebra uses PD 500, an alloy of
50% palladium, 40% sterling silver and 10% copper. This alloy offers an
interesting color contrast to silver and gold, says Lautanen.
Klysch, who has a background in philosophy and art history, combines
this contrast with innovative design and texture in jewelry that sells mostly
for $140 to $260 keystone, though some necklaces rise to $520.
Zebra Design's jewelry sells mostly in the Northeast and on the West
Coast, but that is changing as retailers, art galleries and museum shops
across the country begin to understand palladium's beauty and durability.
The company offers point-of-sale displays, postcards and literature to support
"Because of their sophisticated and yet classic German design and
Klysch's attention to craftsmanship, these pieces are not meant to be worn
for a season or two," says Lautanen. "People build collections
over the years. Even though Klysch designs jewelry, many of our buyers think
of it as art."
The company's spring collection incorporates gemstones such as tanzanite,
rhodolite, emerald and blue topaz in palladium. Also new for spring is a
collection of hinged rings and bracelets. Zebra Design jewelry is available
in the U.S. through KWM Exclusives, New York City; (212) 382-4216. You also
can see the jewelry on the Internet at www.zebra-design.com.
Tie clips feature a sterling/palladium combination that
highlights the contrast between the two metals' colors.
Rings feature sterling silver, palladium and gold.
Rings with palladium motifs from the Scritto Collection
feature emerald, rhodolite and moonstone.
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