Inspirations

Coomi’s Sagrada Família Jewelry Collection

LAS VEGAS. Coomi Bhasin of the eponymous design firm spent two weeks in Barcelona last summer, much of it marveling over the Basílica i Templo Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, designed by Antoni Gaudi. Her biggest takeaway? Memories of the stunning massive church, still under construction more than 100 years after work began.

“I could have gone there every day for two months and still not seen everything,” Bhasin says.

In homage to the church, she let it inspire her newest jewelry collection, dubbed Sagrada and unveiled at Couture 2017, the high-end trade-only jewelry fair, in June.

To get into a Gaudi mood, Bhasin rented an apartment that belonged to the architect’s family—a flat located directly across from the Casa Batlló. “He lived there when he was building it to better supervise it,” Bhasin explains about its history. When the jewelry designer wasn’t admiring its view—“every morning and every night I would sit for hours looking at it,” she says—she was at the Sagrada Família absorbing its majesty.

Multiple aspects of the Sagrada influenced the distinct looks in Coomi’s newest works. For starters, raised-print Latin Bible verses on interior doors inspired script-focused styles. Instead of Bible verses, however, Bhasin used famous quotes from Gaudi, such as “Originality is returning to the origin,” “Nothing is invented, for it’s written in nature first,” and “Come early tomorrow, for we shall do very beautiful things.” Stained-glass effects in plique-a-jour enamel detail the under- and insides of these pieces.

More inspiration comes from inside the basilica. Gaudi’s choice of columns—singular ones that branch like trees at the top—are evident in airy and elegant gold silhouettes. A geometric light display plays out in small akoya pearls and pink sapphires that recreate the lovely glow of sun filtering through the church decoration, and Gaudi’s famous hanging chain models are evoked in multi-strand gemstone necklaces. Finally, the floral pattern on the ceiling is represented in custom flower- and star-like gemstone cuts in smoky topaz and tanzanite, stones that cast a beautiful glow in the light. All pieces are made in 20k gold.

The collection will be in Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue by mid-September. For early inquiries, reach out to the designer (contact info in captions).

Bracelet in 20k gold with plique-a-jour enamel and 0.6 ct. t.w. diamonds is inscribed “Nothing is invented for it’s written in nature first” and “Tomorrow we will do beautiful things,” $46,000; Coomi

Bracelet in 20k gold with plique-a-jour enamel and 0.6 ct. t.w. diamonds is inscribed “Nothing is invented for it’s written in nature first” and “Tomorrow we will do beautiful things,” $46,000; Coomi, 866-867-7272; sahil@coomi.com

Earrings in 20k gold with 3.85 cts. t.w. pink sapphires, baby akoya pearls, and 1.73 cts. t.w. diamonds, $TK; Coomi, 866-867-7272; sahil@coomi.com

Earrings in 20k gold with 3.85 cts. t.w. pink sapphires, baby akoya pearls, and 1.73 cts. t.w. diamonds, $22,000; Coomi, 866-867-7272; sahil@coomi.com

 

Affinity necklace in 20k gold with 88.9 cts. t.w. cognac quartz and 4.87 cts. t.w. diamonds, $18,000; Coomi, 866-867-7272; sahil@coomi.com

Affinity necklace in 20k gold with 88.9 cts. t.w. cognac quartz and 4.87 cts. t.w. diamonds, $18,000; Coomi, 866-867-7272; sahil@coomi.com

Ring in 20k gold with plique-a-jour enamel and 0.38 ct. t.w. diamonds is inscribed “Tomorrow we will do beautiful things” and “Originality is returning to the origin,” $12,500; Coomi, 866-867-7272; sahil@coomi.com

Ring in 20k gold with plique-a-jour enamel and 0.38 ct. t.w. diamonds is inscribed “Tomorrow we will do beautiful things” and “Originality is returning to the origin,” $12,500; Coomi, 866-867-7272; sahil@coomi.com

Earrings in 20k gold with 0.70 ct. t.w. diamonds, $13,000; Coomi, 866-867-7272; sahil@coomi.com

Earrings in 20k gold with 0.70 ct. t.w. diamonds, $13,000; Coomi, 866-867-7272; sahil@coomi.com

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Inspirations

Buddha Mama’s Badass Vintage Stamp Jewelry Collection

MIAMI. Mother-and-daughter team Nancy and Dakota Badia of Buddha Mama Jewelry were sipping Tito’s Handmade Vodka and soda cocktails in a bar along the banks of Chao Phraya river in Bangkok one evening last December when inspiration struck.

The pair had spent the day at their factory brainstorming ideas—one of which was a collection inspired by their family—and had dialed dad at day’s end. They joked with pop, who was home minding the family dogs while his ladies were abroad for 12 days, that their trio of rowdy pooches were probably driving him bonkers! Before serving as a canine babysitter, Dakota’s dad, who was born in Cuba, had shared his passion for stamp collecting with her when she was a child. She carried that memory with her on the annual trip she and her mom took to Bangkok. After bandying about the idea of tarot cards and tattoos that day with the jewelers in her factory, finishing her first cocktail of the evening, and speaking with dad, the idea for their next collection was born: vintage stamp jewelry.

“I’ve always loved stamps, and they have always made me think of my dad,” says Dakota.

So, the Badias sketched out three models that could be made in time for an early June debut at the most prestigious fine jewelry trade-only show in the U.S., Couture. All necklaces, each features a different theme.

The first is Cuba—an homage to her father’s country of birth and a place that Dakota wants to visit. Old postcards further inspired the finished piece: a pendant in 20k gold that is double the size of an ordinary postage stamp, with enamel painting a vivid Cuban street scene featuring a massive 1950s-era convertible cruising down a street of colorful houses under a blazing hot sun. On its backside, Dakota inscribed a verse from Cuban poet and national treasure José Martí: “Il carino es la llave del mundo,” which means “Love is the key to the world.”

A second necklace features a couple in another convertible under a star-filled sky in front of a movie screen at a drive-in theater. On its underside, Dakota inscribed, “And count the stars that’s shining in your eye” from Van Morrison’s “Sweet Thing.” A third style is reminiscent of vintage letter tattoos and features a note reading “P.S. I love you” slipping out of an envelope with a heart motif seal.

“That one is a traditional hands-passing-a-note idea,” explains Dakota.

More cities, including Miami (where the Badias reside), and countries are in the works for future pieces, as are smaller iterations. The first trio of necklaces hits stores this month. To find a style close to you, ring Dakota at 305-439-2059 or email her at dakota@buddhamama.com.

New vintage stamp-inspired pendant necklace in 20k gold and enamel from Buddha Mama Jewelry

Cuba stamp necklace in 20k gold is 18 inches long with a two-inch extender, has enamel, 0.36 ct. t.w. diamonds, and a José Martí quote on the back, “Il carino es la llave del mundo,” which means “Love is the key to the world,” $10,480; 305-439-2059; dakota@buddhamama.com

 

 

New vintage stamp-inspired pendant necklace in 20k gold with enamel from Buddha Mama Jewelry

José Martí quote on the back of the Cuba stamp necklace reading “Il carino es la llave del mundo,” which means “Love is the key to the world.”

 

 

New vintage stamp-inspired pendant necklace in 20k gold with enamel from Buddha Mama Jewelry

P.S. I Love You stamp necklace in 20k gold is 15 inches long with a two-inch extender and has enamel, $4,300; 305-439-2059; dakota@buddhamama.com.

 

 

New vintage stamp-inspired pendant necklace in 20k gold with enamel from Buddha Mama Jewelry

Lovers Only stamp necklace in 20k gold is 18 inches long with a two-inch extender, has enamel, 0.6 ct. t.w. diamonds, and is engraved “And count the stars that’s shining in your eye” from Van Morrison’s “Sweet Thing” on its underside, $9,900; 305-439-2059; dakota@buddhamama.com.

 

 

New vintage stamp-inspired pendant necklace in 20k gold with enamel from Buddha Mama Jewelry

Back of the Lovers Only stamp necklace featuring a quote from Van Morrison’s “Sweet Thing” reading “And count the stars that’s shining in your eye”

 

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