Personalities

Collector Obsession: Christy’s Love of David Yurman Jewelry

ROYERSFORD, Pa. It was 16 years ago when Christy first spied jewelry from David Yurman. A cousin of the young mom and account rep for a financial services firm was wearing a stack of Yurman bangles in silver and gold, and Christy admired the details of the high-polish and oxidized-silver mix.

“I could see myself wearing them on casual occasions or dressed up to go out,” she recalls.

Around that time, Christy was about to deliver her second child, so she asked her husband, Scott, for a push present: one of those bangles. He chose an open number in silver with Yurman’s signature end caps in 18k yellow gold. Christy loved it and couldn’t wait to wear it to the next big social event on their calendar.

Today, Christy’s collection of Yurman pieces has grown in number to match the age of her son: 15! Getting a Yurman piece has become a ritual every holiday, and some years she simply bought some for herself.

“I have a ring in silver and gold that was a self-purchase after we earned partnerships at work,” she explains. “I went to Benari’s [in Exton, Pa.] to purchase it, but it had sold by the time I got there. So Scott bought me a bangle instead, and the store reordered the ring for me to buy later.”

More pieces include blue topaz and diamond studs and a matching enhancer necklace (purchased to wear to her brother’s wedding), a garnet enhancer, and an interchangeable pendant outlined in diamonds. She also has a silver link bracelet that she often wears with a bangle. “I like the weight of them,” she says.

Christy is such a brand ambassador that she inspires purchases among others. “There’s a girl at work in her mid-20s and she has Yurman jewelry, too—including a new silver ring that I just got,” she says. “Yurman is versatile, and not so elite that it is out of reach for a working 25- to 45-year-old.”

Yurman is also recognizable. At a charity golf outing at the end of the summer, a former Penn State football player noticed Christy’s stack of bracelets and asked, “Are those Yurman?” Christy laughed and told him yes. “It made my day!” she exclaims. “Some people recognize the brand and others don’t, but it always feels like a million bucks when people do.”

Sterling silver and black ceramic David Yurman necklace in Christy’s personal collection

Sterling silver and black ceramic David Yurman necklace in Christy’s personal collection

 

Silver bangle and silver and 18k gold ring from Yurman in Christy’s collection

Silver bangle and silver and 18k gold ring from Yurman in Christy’s collection

 

More pieces from Christy’s own jewel box

More pieces from Christy’s own jewel box

 

Temptations

Christy loves collecting David Yurman jewelry, but she’s also open to learning about other designers with equally chic aesthetics. Here are five more pieces that could appeal to her obsession and keep her collecting.

Beloved locket pendant necklace Lagos in sterling silver with 18k yellow gold accents and 0.41 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,500; Lagos

Beloved locket pendant necklace Lagos in sterling silver with 18k yellow gold accents and 0.41 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,500; Lagos

Classic Chain Dome ring in sterling silver with 1.12 cts. t.w. diamonds, $3,700; John Hardy

Classic Chain Dome ring in sterling silver with 1.12 cts. t.w. diamonds, $3,700; John Hardy

Dantela stud earrings in 18k white gold with 1 cts. t.w. diamonds, $3,390; Tacori

Dantela stud earrings in 18k white gold with 1 cts. t.w. diamonds, $3,390; Tacori

Groumette Link ring in 18k white and yellow gold with 0.27 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,400; Roberto Coin

Groumette Link ring in 18k white and yellow gold with 0.27 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,400; Roberto Coin

 

Marilyn black ceramic and 18k yellow gold link bracelet, $7,760; Monica Rich Kosann

Marilyn black ceramic and 18k yellow gold link bracelet, $7,760; Monica Rich Kosann

 

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Meet Ani Shirinian of Victoria Six Jewelry

NEW YORK. Ani Shirinian has a passion for pearls. The force behind the two-year-old Victoria Six Jewelry, a moniker comprising her middle name and lucky number, designs “modern pearl jewelry with a retro flare,” she explains.

Shirinian, who was raised by a grandmother fluent in couture clothing design, recalls playfully wrapping herself in spools of French lace and falling hard for ever-present ropes of pearls in the matriarch’s Hollywood, Calif.–based studio.

“I learned from her that pearls went with everything I had to wear,” she recollects.

Ani Shirinian of Victoria Six Jewelry

Ani Shirinian of Victoria Six Jewelry

As an adult, Shirinian became a lawyer, but eventually traded family law for clothing design to follow in grandmother’s fashionable footsteps. That is, until a chance encounter with the late Michael Bogosian of Michael B., renowned for his micro-pavé, led her to rediscover jewelry.

“He taught me every step of the business where I worked for him for the remaining seven years of his life,” she says.

Bogosian’s diamond-intense business brought her to major trade shows, where she always found time to shop for pearl jewelry. But it was also in this sea of trade-fair stands that she struggled to find the fresh, fun pearl designs she wanted—a quest so important that she decided to pursue it herself.

“I never found cool pearl jewelry that was modern but still classic,” she says. She also wasn’t impressed with the silver settings that well-known designers were using with pearls—she wanted gold. “Pearls just felt so neglected,” she laments.

Today she sketches looks and works closely with masters of 3D technology in Los Angeles to bring her pieces to life in 14k or 18k gold. From freshwater to akoya to Tahitians, pearls (and the occasional gemstone) are a key part of contemporary styles like cuff bangles with negative space, whimsical cluster styles, and shepherd’s crook drop-hoop earrings. Her signature? Vintage-kissed (think 1960s- and 1970s-inspired funkiness) pearl-bead effects in metal that are complemented by pearls. Whimsy and bold flair are also abundant, and each piece aims to be as fresh in 50 years as it is today. What’s more, retail prices in 14k gold start at just $180—a more-than-fair entry price for a fashionable but timeless piece of fine pearl jewelry.

Viola bracelet in 14k rose gold fits a 7-inch wrist and has 5 7 mm. freshwater pearls, $282; Victoria Six Jewelry

Viola bracelet in 14k rose gold fits a 7-inch wrist and has 5 7 mm. freshwater pearls, $282

Penrose earrings in 14k rose gold with 8 mm. freshwater button-shape pearls, $694; Victoria Six Jewelry

Penrose earrings in 14k rose gold with 8 mm. freshwater button-shape pearls, $694

 

 

Victoria ring in 14k rose gold with an 11 ct. pear-shape morganite with 20 3.3 mm. akoya pearls, $5,200; Victoria Six Jewelry

Victoria ring in 14k rose gold with an 11 ct. pear-shape morganite with 20 3.3 mm. akoya pearls, $5,200

 

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Meet DEEFINE and Its India-Inspired Gold and Gemstone Jewelry

BASEL, SWITZERLAND. A trio teams up to make India-inspired, Italian-made jewelry in DEEFINE, a firm that debuted at the 2017 Baselworld jewelry fair. Deepa Lakhani, Jay Lakhani, and Marco Mencagli are the forces behind this new line of 14k and 18k gold jewels with gemstones, with production in Italy and New York City.

Design inspiration comes from the Indian heritage of husband-and-wife team Deepa and Jay.

“Our collection reflects modern interpretations of traditional Indian themes,” explained Jay to this journalist from a small section of emerging design talent located at the Basel fair this spring.

Deepa and Jay share more than 10 years of jewelry-making experience reinforced by strong educational roots. Deepa studied at the Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design while Jay studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and secured a graduate gemology degree from the Gemological Institute of America. Marco, who comes from a family of jewelers in Italy, learned the business behind the beauty at an early age, later cementing that instruction with business administration studies at the University of Siena in Italy. All these combined strengths culminate in hand-sketched modern designs of traditional Indian symbols brought to life by Italian artisans for everyday wear.

The rich cultural heritage of India plays out across three collections within DEEFINE: Peacock, Paisley, and Devi. In Indian tradition, the peacock symbolizes beauty and abundance, with males of the species presenting majestic displays of feathers to attract females. This shape is reimagined in miniature silhouettes of fans-as-feathers in tiny pear-shape gems positioned in U formations. Paisley signifies spirituality and was used as a symbol of harvest periods. Finally, Devi—which means goddess in Sanskrit—is evident in female silhouettes accented by diamonds and pearls. In Indian tradition, Devi can be gentle or forceful, so these styles aim to represent female empowerment.

DEEFINE’s debut is timely, too, for the diverse background of its founders, who combine their talents to illuminate hope and unity through beautiful design.

Since DEEFINE is so new to the market, reach out to the makers directly for purchase at 212-221-1007 and info@deefine.com. Also check their website in September for a new e-shop.

Peacock necklace in 18k yellow gold with blue topaz, $1,625; Deefine, 212-221-1007; info@deefine.com (e-shop opening in September)

Peacock necklace in 18k yellow gold with blue topaz, $1,625; Deefine, 212-221-1007; info@deefine.com (e-shop opening in September)

Peacock ring in 18k gold with black rhodium and 2 cts. t.w. black opals, $2,600; Deefine, 212-221-1007; info@deefine.com (e-shop opening in September)

Peacock ring in 18k gold with black rhodium and 2 cts. t.w. black opals, $2,600; Deefine, 212-221-1007; info@deefine.com (e-shop opening in September)

Devi earrings in 18k yellow gold with 0.36 ct. t.w. sapphires, 0.17 ct. t.w. black diamonds, 0.07 ct. t.w. ruby, and freshwater pearls, $4,500; Deefine, 212-221-1007; info@deefine.com (e-shop opening in September)

Devi earrings in 18k yellow gold with 0.36 ct. t.w. sapphires, 0.17 ct. t.w. black diamonds, 0.07 ct. t.w. ruby, and freshwater pearls, $4,500; Deefine, 212-221-1007; info@deefine.com (e-shop opening in September)

Paisley earrings in 18k yellow gold with 0.44 ct. t.w. diamonds, opal, and white topaz, $6,000; Deefine, 212-221-1007; info@deefine.com (e-shop opening in September)

Paisley earrings in 18k yellow gold with 0.44 ct. t.w. diamonds, opal, and white topaz, $6,000; Deefine, 212-221-1007; info@deefine.com (e-shop opening in September)

 

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