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Shimmering Chic: Mastoloni Adds Moonstones to Its Bella Luna Jewelry Collection

Las Vegas. June 3, 2019. Mastoloni’s Bella Luna collection (bella luna is Italian for beautiful moon) was already a good-looking line with white freshwater pearls, but the renowned pearl house has added voluminous geometric moonstones to the mix.

Milky-color moonstones complement the soft glow of the pearls, while angular cuts contrast with the organic gem’s silhouette. All gems are set in 14k yellow gold, creating a contemporary and unexpected fashion line that is both luxurious and lighthearted.

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And about those geometric moonstone cuts? They had a purpose beyond their obvious cool effect.

“We didn’t want to use a round bead that could be confused with a pearl,” says company principal Fran Mastoloni. “Bella Luna is fun and offers a fresh look with pearls—a flawless mix that makes for magic.”

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 Mastoloni Linear Drop earrings in 14k yellow gold with white freshwater pearls and faceted moonstone beads

Bella Luna Linear Drop earrings in 14k yellow gold with white freshwater pearls and white moonstone beads, $705; email fran@benaliconsulting.com for purchase

 Mastoloni necklace in 14k yellow gold with white freshwater pearls and faceted moonstone beads

Bella Luna Tassel Bar necklace is 17 inches in length in 14k yellow gold with white freshwater pearls and white moonstone beads, $1,550; email fran@benaliconsulting.com for purchase

Mastoloni Drop earrings in 14k yellow gold with white freshwater pearls and faceted moonstone beads

Bella Luna Tassel Bar earrings in 14k yellow gold with white freshwater pearls and white moonstone beads, $1,715; email fran@benaliconsulting.com for purchase


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The Key to Style Success? Gurhan’s Guardian Necklace Collection of Replica Ancient Keys

Las Vegas, May 31, 2019. Jewelry designer Gurhan Orhan takes another page from history in his latest jewelry collection, debuting at the Couture jewelry show this week. The esteemed Turkish artist offers a limited-edition 10-piece replica collection of ancient bronze keys for wear as pendant necklaces. Five depict Viking-era motifs and another five nod to Roman times.

Orhan puts the key motif in the spotlight because of the timely issue of women’s empowerment (think #metoo movement) and because keys have historical significance for the gender—women of the household were given keys after marriage.

“These keys became a symbol of the great responsibility they held for their household, their families, and their possessions,” explains the designer in an email interview. 

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In ancient times, these keys were finely crafted in bronze, and women often wore them on a belt or chain to display their status. Powerful women today don’t necessarily need to display their keys to success, but Orhan gives them this stylish homage and wearable historical option to do so.

“It seems fair to say that the women’s movement has never been stronger than in these past few years,” Orhan continues. “The Guardian Collection is the Gurhan way to express support for all women with uniquely beautiful designs that allow clients to create their own individual look.”

And while these keys won’t unlock any secret gold stashes or a new vacation home, they could open a door to heightened fashion savvy. For sure, they “pay tribute to the freedom and empowerment of today’s woman,” adds Orhan.

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Key pendants are embellished with Gurhan’s signature 24k gold; feature gemstone accents like rubies, emeralds, and diamonds; and are available for wear on either 22k gold chains or silk cords. Each piece comes with a limited-edition design number in a wood-frame keepsake box also designed by Orhan. 

In Las Vegas this week? See the new styles in the Wynn’s Alsace 1 ballroom.

Pendant necklace in 22k–24k gold extends to 22 inches in length and features an original bronze 9th Century Viking key with 0.164 cts. t.w. colorless diamonds, 0.01 ct. t.w. rose-cut diamonds, 0.02 ct. t.w. opal, and 0.08 ct. t.w. blue topaz, $4,950; email Alice@gurhan.com at Gurhan for purchase.

Pendant necklace in 22k–24k gold extends to 22 inches in length and features an original bronze 9th Century Viking key with 0.164 cts. t.w. colorless diamonds, 0.01 ct. t.w. rose-cut diamonds, 0.02 ct. t.w. opal, and 0.08 ct. t.w. blue topaz, $4,950; email Alice@gurhan.com at Gurhan for purchase.

Pendant necklace in 22k–24k gold extends to 22 inches in length and features an original bronze 7th Century Roman key with 0.22 ct. t.w. rose-cut diamonds, 0.09 ct. t.w. colorless diamonds, and 0.06 ct. t.w. opals, $5,950; email Alice@gurhan.com at Gurhan for purchase.

Pendant necklace in 22k–24k gold extends to 22 inches in length and features an original bronze 7th Century Roman key with 0.22 ct. t.w. rose-cut diamonds, 0.09 ct. t.w. colorless diamonds, and 0.06 ct. t.w. opals, $5,950; email Alice@gurhan.com at Gurhan for purchase.

Pendant necklace in 22k–24k gold extends to 20 inches in length and features an original bronze 7th Century Roman key with 0.14 ct. t.w. tsavorite, 0.17 ct. t.w. rose-cut diamonds, 0.064 ct. t.w. colorless diamonds, and 0.064 ct. t.w. garnet, $6,950; email Alice@gurhan.com at Gurhan for purchase.

Pendant necklace in 22k–24k gold extends to 20 inches in length and features an original bronze 7th Century Roman key with 0.14 ct. t.w. tsavorite, 0.17 ct. t.w. rose-cut diamonds, 0.064 ct. t.w. colorless diamonds, and 0.064 ct. t.w. garnet, $6,950; email Alice@gurhan.com at Gurhan for purchase.


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Neon Season: Melissa Kaye’s New Neon Enamel Jewelry Collection

Las Vegas, May 30, 2019. While black is the unofficial color of New York City, one of its inhabitants likes to interject a bit of 1980s neon hues into her wardrobe whenever possible. This rogue resident is jewelry designer Melissa Kaye, who is unveiling her new neon enamel jewelry collection at the trade-only Couture show, which opens today in Sin City.

“I am your typical New Yorker, often wearing all-black clothes, but when I go to the gym, my sneakers are neon pink,” she says. “I love my neutral colors, but when I do wear color I go for it!”

Kaye has also been fostering a burgeoning interest in enamel, deciding that this year was the time for her neon lights to shine.

And considering Kaye’s portfolio of largely diamond-intense pieces, the enamel—including neon pink, orange, and yellow—will be hard to miss. Still, shrinking violets needn’t stress; black and white enamel will also have a presence for those unready to throw color caution to the wind.

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Plus, this maker of timeless and somewhat futuristic modern geometry-inspired looks has firsthand shopping savvy. “When I go into a store and face a wall of color options, I buy black, white, and my favorite color,” she reveals.

Kaye applies the enamel to some of her tried-and-true styles. Think of the best-selling Cristina earring, a minimalist hinged hoop number resembling slender face-to-face wisps of hair, available in four sizes.

“It’s a piece that works well with everybody,” says Kaye. “I’ve never not put that earring on someone who didn’t think it looked great. Clients buy multiple pairs for multiple piercings, and enamel is a fun way to inject different options into that look.”

Needle pendants that are perfect for layering are another ideal style for enamel application, while ear cuffs are also available. In total, there are upwards of 15 individual styles, all made in 18k gold. Gemstone accents include diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and tsavorite garnet. “People will mix and match,” Kaye insists.

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A footnote about Kaye’s enamel: it’s all made in New York City under her strict control. Production is the unsexy side of jewelry ownership that quickly becomes important when care and maintenance issues arise. Enamel is hardened glass, after all, so with enough force or in the face of unexpected life mishaps, any enamel can crack and will require repair. When the maker and her manufacturing team are stateside, the process is infinitely easier—something to consider since so many artists now unveil enamel collections. 

Mini enamel Cristina earrings start at $850. Store buyers in Las Vegas this week can find Kaye at Couture Booth #1202 in the Lafite Ballroom.

Lola ring in 18k white gold with white enamel and 0.53 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,850, email melissa@melissakayejewelry.com at Melissa Kaye for purchase.

Lola ring in 18k white gold with white enamel and 0.53 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,850; email melissa@melissakayejewelry.com at Melissa Kaye for purchase.

Medium-size Cristina earring in 18k yellow gold with black enamel and 0.57 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,960; email melissa@melissakayejewelry.com at Melissa Kaye for purchase

Medium-size Cristina earrings in 18k yellow gold with black enamel and 0.57 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,960; email melissa@melissakayejewelry.com at Melissa Kaye for purchase

Lola link necklace in 18k yellow gold with hot pink enamel and 0.45 ct. t.w. diamonds, $6,450; email melissa@melissakayejewelry.com at Melissa Kaye for purchase

Lola link necklace in 18k yellow gold with hot pink enamel and 0.45 ct. t.w. diamonds, $6,450; email melissa@melissakayejewelry.com at Melissa Kaye for purchase


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Modern Mobiles: Margery Hirschey’s New Orpheus Earring Collection

New York City, May 29, 2019. In the quest to develop never-before-seen jewels, Margery Hirschey decided to go long—as in really long (upwards of six inches)—and three-dimensional in her new Orpheus earring collection.

Long drops are already a focal point of Hirschey’s work, which isn’t surprising given that the artist has the silhouette to wear them; her giraffe-like neckline puts every pair on a regal pedestal. But she also likes a production challenge.

“It’s easy to lay out flat pieces, but earrings are hanging sculptures with movement, so they should be 3D,” she says.

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As she wrapped her mind around possibilities and researched looks, the ones she liked turned out to be Bauhausy. Hirschey suspected she knew the reason why: a Wassily Kandinsky retrospective she’d seen as a child was still burned in the back of her mind, even though it had been four decades since first saw it. So she let this memory guide her and the design of the new collection.

To wit, the name Orpheus refers to a Greek god but also to the school of modern art of which Kandinsky was a devotee. You can literally see the lines and movement of Composition VIII in the sway of Hirschey’s Orpheus styles—two single earrings, one pair, and some studs (at the request of her daughter). “My daughter said, ‘Mom, not everyone can wear these long earrings,’” laughs Hirschey.

And while Hirschey’s work is often in 22k gold, Orpheus is in 18k gold for weight.

“It’s lighter on the ear, and I like the color,” she says.

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Accent stones include rubies, diamonds, and labradorites. Why labs? They’re often available in rectangular shapes, which appeal to the maker’s modern sensibility.

Studs retail for $900 as singles or $1,800 for two, while the priciest pair costs $11,000.

Margery Hirschey Orpheus stud earrings

Orpheus stud earrings in 18k yellow gold with 0.06 ct. t.w. diamonds, $900 for one or $1,800 for a pair; email margery@margeryhirschey.com for purchase

Margery Hirschey Orpheus single drop earrings

Six-inch-long single earring in 18k yellow gold with 3.03 cts. t.w. labradorite and 0.60 ct. t.w. diamonds, $9,900 for one earring; email margery@margeryhirschey.com for purchase

Margery Hirschey Orpheus drop earrings

Earring pair in in 18k yellow gold are three inches in length with 4.58 cts. t.w. ruby and 0.30 ct. t.w. diamonds, $11,000; email margery@margeryhirschey.com for purchase


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