Contemporary jewelry inspired by building design offers universality
and perfection of simple geometric forms
Architectural style imparts stark elegance with clean lines that emphasize
the purity of diamonds. Squares, circles and triangles are the pure language
These basic shapes are the essence of forms we see every day. Add diamonds
and you have jewelry that caters to younger, active consumers who want a
smoother, cleaner feel to their accessories. "These consumers are sophisticated
and have a contemporary sense of life," says John Atencio of John Atencio
Designs, Denver, CO.
Though round diamonds have been the most popular shape for this style
of jewelry, four-sided cuts of all kinds (princess, radiant, emerald) are
moving to the forefront. Another cut experiencing a resurgence is the marquise,
which designers also like to use in architectural jewelry.
Break away from the traditional display models and exhibit this jewelry
on T-squares, solid cubes or pyramids. A trip to your local craft or hardware
store is like rummaging through a treasure chest. Because of its simplicity,
don't overwhelm this style of jewelry in the showcase. If you keep minimalism
in mind, the jewelry will seem to jump out of the case.
by Lorraine M. Suermann
|18k yellow gold ring peaks like ancient pyramids with 0.55 carat of diamonds
enhanced by engraved scrollwork. Suggested retail, $1,764. |
Cherie-Dori, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; (800) 206-8399, fax (954) 741-0901.
|Chevron brooch is from the Henrí Ramon Collection and is crafted
in 14k white and yellow gold set with 0.63 carat of diamond. Suggested retail,
$1,295. Also available in 18k or platinum.|
Henrí Ramon Collection, Sussex, NJ; (973) 875-9808.
|Reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower? This platinum engagement ring features
1.45 carats of baguette diamonds.|
Verragio, New York City; (212) 868-8181, fax (212) 244-2960.
|Endless circles give a contemporary flair to this two-tone 18k bracelet
featuring 0.9 carat of diamonds and a high-polish finish. Suggested retail,
Cordova, Flushing, NY; (800) 221-0744, fax (888) FAX-DIAM.
|The sweeping lines of this brooch call to mind modern architecture, but
instead of bricks and mortar, this design features 20 carats of diamonds
in 18k gold. The bracelet is $40,000 keystone. Matching rings have 3.2 carats
of diamonds ($6,000 keystone) and 7.3 carats ($15,000). |
House of Baguettes, New York City; (800) 603-1550 or (212) 840-0042.
|14k gold Alta ring was inspired by New York City's skyline. Semimount
retails for $695. Available also in 18k gold.|
John Atencio, Denver, CO; (303) 830-7733, fax (303) 830-0891.
|Like a spiral staircase, this 18k white gold necklace sweeps around the
neck with 3.31 carats of diamonds and a high-polish finish. Suggested retail,
Norman Covan Co., Los Angeles, CA; (888) 977-9007 or (213) 488-9144, fax
|This two-tone 14k Art Deco-style necklace is set with 0.4 carat of diamonds.
Suggested retail, $600.|
Designs by Joi for WDC, New York City; (212) 869-GOLD.
|These hip designs blend brushed 14k gold, modern architectural lines and
the elegance of a setting that draws the eye to the diamond. Suggested retail,
D'ckar, New York City; (212) 819-1177, fax (212) 819-1717, www.photoscribe.com.
|This tower of rings is from the Tebe Collection by Antonini. Profiles of
varying curves and a multiplicity of materials (yellow, pink and white gold,
pavé with pearls or solitaire diamonds) allow them to be mixed and
IJG for Antonini, Beverly Hills, CA; (800) 443-1479, fax (323) 653-1768.
|This 18k white and yellow gold wedding set is from the Structures collection
and will hold up to a 1-ct. diamond. Suggested retail as a semimount with
two bands, $1,230. Available also with one band. |
William Richey, Camden, ME; (207) 236-4731, fax (207) 236-2006.
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