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Adel Chefridi’s New Tidal Pool Jewelry Collection Is an Homage to Childhood Memories

Ring in 18k yellow gold with 0.80 ct. t.w. blue sapphires, aquamarines, and 0.12 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,495; available online at Adel Chefridi

Rhinebeck, N.Y. March 3, 2021. Jewelry designer Adel Chefridi dipped into boyhood remembrances to create his latest jewelry collection, called Tidal Pool. The Tunisian-born artist relies on seaside memories of days spent in Carthage to make 20 new styles that reflect waters’ edges; tiny waves; and coastal rocks, plants, and little creatures.

“[The sea] is a wonderful playground,” explains the artist. “In the collection, gemstones emanate both light and water; the rest of the details are assigned to the graver.”

For sure, Chefridi’s signature—clusters of graver tool marks, the formations of which are inspired by natural elements and cultural influences from his home country—is clear to see in Tidal Pool.

“What’s a little different with this collection is the letting go of symmetry to a certain degree,” he explains. “The layout of the stones and shapes of some of the pieces have a freer and organic feel.”

A Tidal Pool ring, for example, features clusters of sapphires and diamonds and looks as though its elements were plucked from some exotic shoreline teeming with marine life and set into a stunning ring.

A top-level look at Tidal Pool creations is pleasingly pretty, but closer inspection can send you down a rabbit hole of dizzying appreciation. “Overall, the design is simple, but the closer you look, the more levels of details you see,” he says. “My work is a marriage between aesthetics and function.”

Designs are made in 18k yellow gold and feature diamonds, emeralds, tourmaline, moonstones, sapphire, and aquamarine. Retail prices start at $1,980. Find it in stores in the spring, and on Chefridi’s website now.

Earrings in 18k yellow gold with emeralds and 0.04 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,705

Earrings in 18k yellow gold with emeralds and 0.04 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,705; available online at Adel Chefridi

Pendant necklace in 18k yellow gold with 0.26 ct. t.w. champagne-color diamonds, $3,365; available online at Adel Chefridi

Pendant necklace in 18k yellow gold with 0.26 ct. t.w. champagne-color diamonds, $3,365; available online at Adel Chefridi

Ring in 18k yellow gold with 0.80 ct. t.w. blue sapphires, aquamarines, and 0.12 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,495; available online at Adel Chefridi

Ring in 18k yellow gold with 0.80 ct. t.w. blue sapphires, aquamarines, and 0.12 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,495; available online at Adel Chefridi


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