Architectural Digest

July 1999

Diamonds:New Products

Architectural Digest

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 of architecture.

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, $4,350.
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, $9,828.
Norman Covan Co., Los Angeles, CA; (888) 977-9007 or (213) 488-9144, fax (213) 622-3959.

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, $1,599-$4,999.
D'ckar, New York City; (212) 819-1177, fax (212) 819-1717,

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 matched.
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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