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Precious Metals & Bench: New Products

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Redesigning space to create drama

Turn a negative into a positive by focusing on negative space. This design element offers a dramatic look with a minimum of material. From lacy filigree to dramatic cutouts, negative space uses the wearer as a design element by allowing her skin to show through.

"Open spaces create mystery. They give life to a piece and allow the wearer to get lost in the design," says Remy Rotenier, design director of Kabana, Albuquerque, NM.

by Lorraine M. Suermann

This 18k gold link bracelet with hidden clasp and diamond is from the Cathedrals collection. Suggested retail, $3,800. Christie Frantz, Berkeley, CA; (800) 468-8900, fax (510) 525-7782,
Asymmetric sterling silver cuff retails for $250. Patricia Madeja, West Islip, NY; (516) 661-2509.

White gold ring features a 12.4mm round Utopia cultured pearl and 1.10 carats of brilliant-cut diamonds trapped under a white gold grid. Enrico Rossi e Massimiliano Bonoli, Forlí, Italy; (39-05) 433-6617.
Crafted in white gold, this necklace features six 15.3-mm round Utopia cultured pearls accented with 1.19 carats of brilliant-cut diamonds. Dante Isopi, Ascoli Piceno, Italy; (39-073) 565-7060.

Friendship Waves suite in yellow and white gold is by Daunis. The 18-in. necklace and 7-in. bracelet can be combined to create a 25-in. necklace. Available in 14k at $3,470 suggested retail or in 18k at $4,050. Matching earrings are $326 in 14k, $420 in 18k. Daunis, Portland, ME; (207) 773-6011, fax (207) 773-3603.
14k gold Swiss Cheese wedding bands are by Elyse Fradkin Designs. The little cheese retails for $360, the big cheese for $536. Elyse Fradkin Designs, New York City; (212) 719-2255, fax (212) 768-7329,

14k gold bracelet features a heart motif. Suggested retail, $369. Royal Chain, New York City; (800) 622-0960, fax (800) 262-4246.
White gold neck collar features a 12.8mm round Utopia cultured pearl. Pearl Utopia for Liao Su-Chin, Milan, Italy; (39-02) 5830-3592. 

18k gold rings have 14k white gold edges and combine satin and high polish finishes. Suggested retail, $925. Kim Koch Designs, Mequon, WI; (414) 241-8244, fax (414) 241-1360.
Diamonds accent this 18k white and yellow gold ring from the Atlantis collection. This new line celebrates the use of negative space with fluid openwork creations. Available also in platinum. Kabana, Albuquerque, NM; (800)521-5986 or (505) 843-9330, fax (505) 843-9624,

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