New York City. Jan. 8, 2021. Gemstone inlay is a beautiful type of jewelry setting popularized by mother-of-pearl, coral, and shell pieces in Native American jewelry and traditional designs, but time and talent have paved the way for newer interpretations. The five following jewelry designers cast a fresh spotlight on a traditional category; their pieces stand out in the realm of inlay jewelry in the marketplace today. Which look is your fave?
Ambre Dahan of Ambre Victoria
Dahan debuted her jewelry collection in 2016, which features graphic inlay pieces like turquoise in chevron shapes.
Cuff bracelets in 18k with diamonds and turquoise inlay (the fifth cuff belongs to another brand); DM @ambrevictoria on Instagram for purchase info.
Source: @ambrevictoria on Instagram
Delphine Leymarie of Delphine Leymarie Jewelry
Leymarie debuted her inlay pieces in 2017; click here to read the whole story.
Boheme Confetti chain in 14k yellow gold is 16 inches and has white mother-of-pearl, $1,625; available online at Delphine Leymarie
Joel Baynard of Freestone Peach
Baynard debuted his clever inlay technique in 2013; click here to read the story.
Bangle in spalted holly wood with Ethiopian opal; DM @freestonepeach on Instagram for purchase info
Lauren Harwell Godfrey of Harwell Godfrey Jewelry
Inlay was part of the brand’s DNA at the time of its debut in February 2018 and continues to be a defining aesthetic for it. The designer likes inlay for its clean, crisp, and graphic way to showcase gems and patterns.
Evil Eye Inlay ring in 18k yellow gold with lapis and tanzanite, $3,300; available online at Harwell Godfrey
Marla Aaron of Marla Aaron Jewelry
The Inlay series from Marla Aaron features a variety of gems, including opal and malachite (and even Fordite, which is layers of paint from automotive factory floors), in the designer’s cufflinks, locks, rings, bracelets, and charm jewels. Inlay pieces from Aaron debuted in 2017.
Inlay jewels from Marla Aaron are available for purchase online.
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