New York City. Jan. 30, 2020. Designer Laurie Kaiser has been turning out gorgeously executed gold designs with noticeable stylized nature motifs—think lemongrass leaves and bark-like surfaces—for the past 14 years. Previously, the Nashville, Tenn.–based artist headed up her own advertising agency, but when a jewelry-making class taken with a friend opened her eyes to a different type of creativity, she shifted gears to jewelry design.
Nature plays the biggest role in her work, with flora and fauna dominating themes and finishes. Expressive gemstones like agate, jasper, and azure-malachite, with their gloriously eart-tone veins and impressionistic portraits of color, blend with aquamarine, topaz, diamonds, uniquely shaped pearls, and dreamy rainbow moonstones, among other gems.
“I love the unusual gems that are fine but casual in appearance and can’t be reproduced. “You’ll see leaves and vines in my work—sophisticated, precious versions of nature.”
And while Kaiser loves to sketch out designs, goldsmiths bring her largely fabricated or hand-crafted and hand-engraved works to life. Pieces are made in Jaipur in 18k gold and sterling silver.
Merchant Mary Leppert, co-owner of Metalmark Fine Jewelry, with stores in Carmel, Ind., and Denver, says she and her staffers fell for Kaiser’s styles at a trade-only Melee jewelry show in New York City last year.
“The jewelry is so well made and beautiful,” she says. “We love that it is designed for women by a woman, and how she frames the stones with leaf work or branches. We even just had someone buy one of the crisscross rings as a wedding band.”
Retail prices start at $500.
Lemongrass Bar necklace in 18k yellow gold and blackened sterling silver with 26.50 cts. t.w. azurite malachite cabochons and 0.10 ct. t.w. brilliant-cut diamonds, $1,900; email Laurie@lauriekaiser.com for purchase
Lemongrass ring in 18k yellow gold with a 0.61 ct. rose-cut diamond center and 0.04 ct. t.w. brilliant-cut diamonds, $2,370; email Laurie@lauriekaiser.com for purchase
Fresco Stripe earrings in 18k yellow gold and blackened sterling silver with 75 cts. t.w. petrified wood cabochons and 0.25 ct. t.w. brilliant-cut diamonds, $3,840; email Laurie@lauriekaiser.com for purchase.
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