Inspirations

The Bypass Hoop Earrings You Need in Your Life Now

New York City. June 13, 2019. Bypass hoop earrings were evident in the lines of many chic brands at the recently held Las Vegas jewelry shows. Considering the loveliness of the silhouette—similar to bypass-style rings, a side-set hoop has a visible space where the two ends veer away from each other—it’s not surprising to see so many. Bypass hoops are an updated timeless design that will look good on just about everyone. That’s why designer-makers are releasing new versions with wild abandon.

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Puja Bordia of Trésor Collection had lightweight styles with cabochons of pink tourmaline, aquamarine, and other pastel hues, loving the way they sit on clients’ ears.

“Bypass hoops show the beauty of the style from a frontal perspective,” she says. “They are very chic, modern, stylish and make a great statement.”

Queen of fine opals, Katherine Jetter, also offered up some new ones in cab cuts contrasted with baguettes. “I love the juxtaposition of the contemporary baguette cuts with the soft cabochons,” she says. To her, the bypass hoop nods to her much-loved button-style earrings, but with a twist. Of course, her signature fine opals also play a role.

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“It is very hard to collect tiny black opals with lots of fire, so I have to collect the stones over time,” she explains. Once released, fans need to move quickly for acquisition. “I sell out of them the second I make them,” she says.

Bypass-style hoops in 18k yellow gold with 8.5 cts. t.w. pink tourmaline, tsavorite garnet, blue topaz, peridot, citrine, and amethyst, $1,800; email klodi@tresorcollection.com at Trésor Collection for purchase

Bypass-style hoops in 18k yellow gold with 8.5 cts. t.w. pink tourmaline, tsavorite garnet, blue topaz, peridot, citrine, and amethyst, $1,800; email klodi@tresorcollection.com at Trésor Collection for purchase.

Monroe Crescent earrings in 18k yellow gold with 5.5 cts. t.w. black onyx, 0.60 ct. t.w. pink sapphires, and 0.50 ct. t.w. diamonds, $5,750; email meaghan@forfuturereference.com at Sorellina for purchase

Monroe Crescent earrings in 18k yellow gold with 5.5 cts. t.w. black onyx, 0.60 ct. t.w. pink sapphires, and 0.50 ct. t.w. diamonds, $5,750; email meaghan@forfuturereference.com at Sorellina for purchase.

Bypass hoop earrings in 18k gold with 5.3 cts. t.w. purple sapphires and 0.50 ct. t.w. diamonds, $7,700; email hello@kavantandsharart.com at Kavant & Sharart for purchase

Bypass hoop earrings in 18k gold with 5.3 cts. t.w. purple sapphires and 0.50 ct. t.w. diamonds, $7,700; email hello@kavantandsharart.com at Kavant & Sharart for purchase

Fray bypass hoops in in 20k rose gold with 1.98 cts. t.w. Ethiopian opal and 1.38 cts. t.w. green tourmaline and are 1-1/8 inches in length, $10,850; email sales@nakarmstrong.com at Nak Armstrong for purchase

Fray bypass hoops in in 20k rose gold with 1.98 cts. t.w. Ethiopian opal and 1.38 cts. t.w. green tourmaline and are 1-1/8 inches in length, $10,850; email sales@nakarmstrong.com at Nak Armstrong for purchase.

Crescent hoop earrings in 18k yellow gold with 7.8 cts. t.w. black opal and 1.21 cts. t.w. baguette shape diamonds, $14,500; email alexandra@katherinejetter.com at Katherine Jetter for purchase

Crescent hoop earrings in 18k yellow gold with 7.8 cts. t.w. black opal and 1.21 cts. t.w. baguette shape diamonds, $14,500; email alexandra@katherinejetter.com at Katherine Jetter for purchase.


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Yes, Carrie Hoffman’s Tata Jewelry Is About Breasts, but Also Raising Funds for Cancer Research

New York City. June 12, 2019. When Carrie Hoffman was diagnosed with breast cancer in the winter of 2016, her jewelry design business was (understandably) put on a back burner. Within a year’s time, she went from diagnosis to biopsy to surgery to mastectomy, all with the amazing support of a community of other strong Los Angeles–based females around her.

“There was an intense sisterhood of women who helped me frame the cancer process,” she says of friends acquired from a Facebook-based moms’ group.

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After a year and a half of sickness and recovery, Hoffman was ready to return to her jewelry bench, which was a healing experience. And with her cancer process fresh in her mind, she thought about a way to express it in jewelry. She hadn’t seen any breast-motif pieces in the market, so could she create one that was tasteful yet spoke to the challenges of the disease and survivor’s tales? She carved a breast in wax with the intent of placing a gemstone in the center to represent a nipple. Many breast cancer victims lose theirs in the mastectomy process. Hoffman also knew how the colors of women’s nipples varied widely, so in a ballsy moment, she reached out to that local online support group and asked breast cancer survivors to send her snaps of their breasts. The point? To see the range of colors in women’s nipples so she could capture them in jewelry with the appropriate colored stones. Thirty photos arrived in her inbox, and from those were born seven different colors of gemstone nipples including pink sapphire and smoky topaz. Next, she set the gems inverted in 14k gold styles to make the look more subtle. To date, stud earrings and necklaces are available, with 20 percent of wholesale cost benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Fund. Adds Hoffman, “Tatas are a way to support breast cancer research but also keep looks elegant and subtle.”

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At a retail show in February in New York City, Hoffman sold two-dozen styles, and at the recent Premier trade-only show in Las Vegas, a retailer ordered 20 pieces plus a custom number. The merchant wanted diamonds to represent a scar motif.

Thaissa Voigt, manager at Wright’s in Manhattan Beach, Calif., and store owner Nancy McFarland were intrigued by the collection but were initially hesitant to buy. Would their shoppers find it offensive? Ultimately, they decided not.

“I think it’s a great idea to celebrate that you are here,” says Voigt. “I like the idea of different nipple colors because we are all so different. Everyone knows someone who had breast cancer and if you’re a survivor, why not celebrate it?”

Tata stud earrings in 14k yellow gold with 0.03 ct. pink sapphires, $423

Tata stud earrings in 14k yellow gold with 0.03 ct. pink sapphires, $423; Carrie Hoffman

Tata stud earrings in 14k yellow gold with 0.03 ct. smoky topaz, $423

Tata stud earrings in 14k yellow gold with 0.03 ct. smoky topaz, $423; Carrie Hoffman

Tata pendant necklace in 14k yellow gold with 0.03 ct. black diamond, $383

Tata pendant necklace in 14k yellow gold with 0.03 ct. black diamond, $383; Carrie Hoffman


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The Broken Heart Jewelry Collection by Rachel Quinn

New York City. June 7, 2019. When Rachel Quinn fell in love nearly four years ago, she and her beau fell quickly for one another. Quinn had just moved from New York City to Los Angeles to take advantage of the California weather and ride her motorcycle more often, and within a few months of her move she met her new man.

“As soon as we met, we were both like ‘Oh, I found you!’” she recollects. “It was fast and furious, and within two months he proposed.”

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Up until that point, Quinn’s jewelry had a bit of an edge—think biker themes and skulls—but the romance softened her aesthetic. She created a Puffed Hearts series that reflected the feeling in her own lovestruck heart as well as her degree in fine arts and background in painting and sculpture. He asked her to make a piece that represented their love, and out of that request was born a pair of hands holding a heart. “It represented me holding his love and me offering mine,” Quinn explains.

But then he met a new friend, and Quinn suspected it was more than platonic. As the relationship seemed to blossom, Quinn’s instincts were on alert; she pressed him about it, and he denied any inappropriate behavior. But when Quinn asked to see the texts on his phone, he could no longer deny the romance. “He lied to my face,” says Quinn. “He literally left me and moved in with her.”

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So, when the relationship broke, the hurt was illustrated in her work. Quinn started damaging her heart jewels, but in an adorning way that turned trauma into beauty. Her thoughts turned to voodoo effects, and her happy puffed hearts turned into pin cushions with pearl-topped needles covering their surfaces. Arrows, too, cut through the hearts just as her fiancé’s action had done to her own. And despite the pain, Quinn realized there was something beautiful to heartbreak.

“I know now that I have a basement and a subbasement of emotions that I didn’t have before,” she says. “I understand things more deeply—pain brings you that. And there is a beautiful humanity to it, the connections you make to people who share their stories with you. It’s been a very unifying experience.”

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For sure, Quinn’s heartbreak is bittersweet given that collectors stand to gain from her wrenching emotions working overtime in creativity mode.

“I’m not done—I have more damaged hearts to make,” she says. “My Pin Cushion Hearts have truly been my lemonade out of the last few months of lemons.”


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Pin Cushion Heart ring in sterling silver with freshwater pearls, $385; Rachel Quinn

Pin Cushion Heart ring in sterling silver with freshwater pearls, $385; Rachel Quinn

Cupid's Heart Bracelet in 18k gold vermeil, $480; Rachel Quinn

Cupid’s Heart bracelet in 18k gold vermeil, $480; Rachel Quinn

Editor’s note: Quinn made this cute, happy, puffed-up heart during her relationship.

Pin Cushion Heart necklace in oxidized silver with freshwater pearls, $710; Rachel Quinn

Pin Cushion Black Heart necklace in oxidized silver with freshwater pearls, $710; Rachel Quinn

Pin Cushion Through the Heart earrings in oxidized sterling silver with freshwater pearls and heat-treated rubies, $920; Rachel Quinn

Pin Cushion Through the Heart earrings in oxidized sterling silver with freshwater pearls and heat-treated rubies, $920; Rachel Quinn


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Just Peachy: Lika Behar’s Peach Gold Jewelry Collection Is a Warm Tangerine Embrace

Las Vegas. June 4, 2019. Lika Behar’s peach-color gold jewels have recently received a trademarked moniker—Peach Glow, so cool!—and the love of myriad jewelry buyers shopping her booth at the Las Vegas trade shows this week.

Peach Glow offerings are made in Behar’s signature high-karat 22k gold, but instead of a pretty pink color she created a pale kumquat hue that beautifully enhances oxidized silver, colored gemstones, and the skin tones of many people.

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For sure, pink and peach gold are a niche that take some acceptance, but those who love rosy gold are also digging this amberized variety. “Those who like pink gold love Peach Glow,” said the artist over the weekend from her blinged-out booth in Las Vegas. “I made Peach Glow because I wanted to do a pink that was not offensively orange.”

To date, she’s paired turquoise and pink pearls with Peach Glow as well as setting colorless diamonds into styles to let the gold color speak for itself. “To be set into Peach Glow, the stones must talk to me,” she insists.

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Peach Glow is also speaking to store buyers, given that half of offerings were sold by mid-show. Nice. Get into Lika’s look at an entry price of less than $1,000.

Mona Lisa ring in 22k Peach Glow gold with oxidized silver features a 6.53 ct. turquoise, $970; email paul@likabehar.com for purchase

Mona Lisa ring in 22k Peach Glow gold with oxidized silver features a 6.53 ct. turquoise, $970; email paul@likabehar.com for purchase

Lydia earrings in 22k Peach Glow gold with pink freshwater pearls, $1,650; email paul@likabehar.com for purchase

Lydia earrings in 22k Peach Glow gold with pink freshwater pearls, $1,650; email paul@likabehar.com for purchase

Aurora cuff bracelet in 22k Peach Glow gold with 0.49 ct. t.w. fancy-shape diamonds, $7,700; email paul@likabehar.com for purchase

Aurora cuff bracelet in 22k Peach Glow gold with 0.49 ct. t.w. fancy-shape diamonds, $7,700; email paul@likabehar.com for purchase


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