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Get Obsessed (and Misty Eyed) with Erika Winters’ New Hana Jewelry Collection

Hana engagement ring with a colorless emerald-cut diamond retails for about $10,800. Email erikawinters@gmail.com for purchase.

New York City. Nov. 14, 2018. Hana was a natural choice for the name of the latest jewelry collection from Seattle-based designer Erika Winters, given her DNA, professional history, and the word’s meaning. “Hana” means “one” in Korean—a nod to her mother—and reminds Winters of the “back to one” commands she received from directors in her past life as an actress. It’s also a direction she ruminates over repeatedly, like a mantra (think back to an original place or essence). The silhouette in Hana, a blend of an octagon and a trapezoid that the jeweler calls a trapagon, is simple, striking, and the focus of all Hana styles.

A trio of diamond rings from Erica Winters' Hana collection. As shown, rings range in retail price roughly from $7,200 to $10,800 with diamond center stones. Email erikawinters@gmail.com for purchase.

A trio of diamond rings from Erica Winters’ Hana collection. As shown, rings range in retail price roughly from $7,200 to $10,800 with diamond center stones. Email erikawinters@gmail.com for purchase.

“Hana is geometric and octagonal, with connecting double trapezoids on the north and south ends,” Winters explains. “It’s the way these trapezoid shapes connect and the deep slope of the corners that make the Hana design.”

Hana earrings in 18k rose gold with gray spinel start around $6,400. Email erikawinters@gmail.com for purchase.

Hana earrings in 18k rose gold with gray spinel start around $6,400. Email erikawinters@gmail.com for purchase.

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The shape transports Winters to a mental place filled with ancient Eastern and Middle Eastern concepts, shapes, and architecture as well as ziggurat structures and Korean jewelry.

“When I developed the shape, I built this little temple in my mind that takes me to this spiritual, peaceful place. To me, my mother is in this shape.”

That’s because Winters’ mother was the impetus for Hana. In 2015, her mom—a tough woman who pushed her daughter to strive for excellence—told the designer that she wanted a ring featuring her daughter’s birthstone, emerald. So Winters went to work sourcing one, a stunning vivid-green number, of good size and lightly oiled. “I don’t get to buy an emerald like that often,” she says of the treasured gem.

The emerald Hana ring Erika Winters made for her mom. This piece is not for sale.

The emerald Hana ring Erika Winters made for her mom. This piece is not for sale.

But at the time she purchased the stone, her mother was diagnosed with cancer and given just six months to live. Hospice quickly entered the picture, but Winters’ mom—ever loving but a demanding figure who bluntly delivered requests—insisted her daughter speed up her piece’s production. “She said, ‘You better hurry up and make something,’” Winters recollects. Dutifully, the daughter did so, creating her mom’s ring and planning for future Hana styles to feature only cushion and emerald cuts with the surrounding metal bezels playing out the Hana shape. “It’s all bezel settings—more pared-down ones,” she says.

Hana engagement ring with a colorless emerald-cut diamond retails for about $10,800. Email erikawinters@gmail.com for purchase.

Hana engagement ring with a colorless emerald-cut diamond retails for about $10,800. Email erikawinters@gmail.com for purchase.

When Winters’ mom died in 2015, the designer shelved the line. A year later, she debuted five Hana styles—including her mother’s emerald ring, which isn’t for sale—at the 2017 Couture Jewelry show. Since Winters is known for diamond styles, the ring garnered much attention as well as a few orders from stores. Complete styles—center stones and mountings—are made in 18k gold or platinum and start around $4,500 retail for gold. And though Winters is known as a wedding-ring designer, Hana translates effortlessly into fashion looks with colored-stone centers.

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The nearly five-year-old jewelry brand is also diversifying into other styles, such as necklaces. One piece with a Hana motif on a split chain sits in the hollow of the wearer’s neck, offering a “timeless and ancient yet futuristic vibe,” says Winters, while a nearly 6-carat smoky, lavenderish-color spinel style will offer a blingier look.

“Hana is elemental and simple—back to one,” she says. “I don’t like fussy.”

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