Precious Metals & Bench:New Products
You have to feel it to believe it
Crocheted, braided and woven metal jewelry has movement and conveys beauty
through its malleability. "Its suppleness brings out elegance and grace
in the wearer," says Yuri Ichihashi, designer/president of Yuri Ichihashi
Inc., New York City.
The beauty of this jewelry depends as much on tactile sensation as visual
perception. "A well-designed adornment should feel like a natural extension
of the physical body," says Michael David Sturlin of Michael Sturlin
Studio, Scottsdale, AZ.
This jewelry also is versatile, which appeals to consumers. It can be
worn with sophisticated evening gowns yet still works in a casual setting.
It's simple and understated but packs visual impact. "It's like the
classic black dress that's a requisite in a woman's wardrobe to make it
completely functional," says Sturlin.
In the showcase, drape these precious textiles on rich fabric or wrap
them around a satin pillow to highlight their flexibility.
by Lorraine M. Suermann
|From the Class collection, these necklaces are crafted with small intermeshing
18k gold oval links in pliant or rigid versions with diamonds and tourmaline.
Suggested retail, $3,800 each. |
Fope, New York City; (212) 869-4111, fax (212) 869-0486.
|Fibbia necklace from Damiani's Princess Collection consists of small flowers,
each enveloping a diamond, giving the effect of soft lace. Available without
Damiani, Ketty Maisonrouge & Co., New York City;
(212) 757-2833, fax (212) 757-2833, firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Handwoven 18k gold threads are spun as fine as silk to produce this basket-weave
necklace. Suggested retail, $8,000.|
Yuri Ichihashi Inc., New York City; (212) 777-2450, fax (212) 777-2241.
|Bangles are from the Torcellato collection of cable jewelry in 18k gold
and sterling with gemstone accents. Suggested retail, $250-695. |
Alisa Designs, Manalapan, NJ; (888) 253-6600, fax (732) 723-1812.
|This copyright necklace is handmade using 18k yellow gold wire and a crochet
needle. After the crocheting is completed, the chain is braided and fastened
with a clasp fabricated from handmade 18k gold sheet. Suggested retail,
Michael Sturlin Studio, Scottsdale, AZ; (480) 941-4105, email@example.com.
|From the BC Collection, 18k double-locking link necklaces come with or without
a center diamond. Suggested retail, $4,086 for the semimount or $3,960.|
Andrew Nydick Designs, Livingston, NJ; (212) 683-1668, fax (212) 532-3891.
|18k Cobblestone bracelet and earrings offer a quilted look. The bracelet
is fully articulated with a system designed and patented by Robert Bruce
Bielka. Suggested retail, $14,400 for the bracelet, $1,350 for the earrings.
Also available in platinum.|
Bielka Inc., New York City; (800) 848-3904 or (212) 980-6841, fax (212)
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