Professional Jeweler Archive: Natural Selection

November 2003

Precious Metals/New Products

Natural Selection

Nature jewelry is the sign of the times

Nature restores emotional balance and offers sanctuary from the stress of daily life. It’s no surprise, then, that consumers are attracted to nature more than ever in this time of world strife. “People find comfort in easily recognizable images of plants, animals and seashells,” says Sasha Samuels, designer/owner of Sasha Samuels Inc., Portland, OR. “Abstract, organic shapes and forms that aren’t so literal are appealing to consumers too.”

– by Lorraine M. O’Donnell, A.J.P.

18k gold “Leda” necklace is set with rock crystal, 0.47 carat of alexandrites and 0.39 carat of white Russian diamonds. Suggested retail, $12,650.

Sasha Samuels, Portland, OR; (503) 232-5422, fax (503) 232-4965.

Sterling silver frog and lily pad cuff links are $195 suggested retail.

Robin Rotenier Couture/ViewPoint Showrooms, New York City; (212) 696-1870.

14k gold textured flower pin and pendant.

Aaura Inc., Chicago, IL; (312) 641-0001, fax (312) 641-6520.

Photo by Jason Gorst.

14k gold whelk pendant is from the Caribbean Collection. An actual Caribbean whelk shell is sliced and then encased in gold. Suggested retail, $300.

Reller Inc., Gainesville, FL; (352) 372-2337, fax (352) 372-9629.

18k gold ginkgo leaf pin features a diamond pavé stem. Suggested retail, $2,640.

Georgina Lee Jewelry Design, Los Angeles, CA; (310) 659-4321, fax (310) 659-4525,,

18k gold hydrangea collection features diamond accents. Suggested retail, $380-$1,250.

Carol Ackerman Designs, West Hartford, CT; (860) 561-8807.

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