Inspirations

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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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. 

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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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