Inspirations

Stephanie Occhipinti’s Nordic Blue Jewelry Collection is an Inspired Visit to Iceland

New York City. Feb. 26, 2021. Housebound designers like Stephanie Occhipinti dream of getting away, but Covid-19 restrictions ensure she remains grounded. So, to appease her travel-starved mind, her imagination kicked in—further fueled by some long-distance correspondence with a friend who lives in Iceland—to create a jewelry collection inspired by the land of fire and ice. Its name? Nordic Blue.

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“I was lucky the jewelry had the opportunity to travel afar for its ‘close up’,” jokes Occhipinti about an imaginary trip her new styles took up north. “It had a fabulous time in Iceland being photographed while experiencing all of nature’s breathtaking and inspiring wonders. One day I will make it there, too.”

For sure, coronavirus times are making us all a little squirrely, but Occhipinti’s latest offerings are seriously appealing. Some 13 styles are made of wire-wrapped sterling silver and thick 22k–24k gold vermeil with organic-looking tumbled nuggets of turquoise and blue topaz as well as faceted rondels of labradorite. The effect has wide appeal thanks to chain links and mixed metal colors while maintaining “a timeless and casual elegant vibe,” explains the artist.

“[Nordic Blue] fits perfectly into my brand of nature-inspired jewelry. Turquoise with organic surfaces and accents of iridescent beads on textured golden links reflect the image of a vivid lagoon and the beauty of Iceland’s fractal coastlines, vast waterways, and frozen landscapes. Faceted icy blue gems cascade from delicate chains capturing the beauty of a shimmering waterfall.”

Occhipinti paints a vivid picture of what she’ll see in her impending visit to Iceland once we’re all free to move about the world again. The next best thing to traveling there now may be the wallet-friendly prices of her designs: retails start at just $50.

Line earrings in sterling silver with faceted blue topaz, $85; available online at Stephanie Occhipinti

Line earrings in sterling silver with faceted blue topaz, $85; available online at Stephanie Occhipinti

Charm bracelet in sterling silver with faceted blue topaz, $240; available online at Stephanie Occhipinti

Lariat necklace in 22k–24k gold vermeil with turquoise and labradorite, $420; available online at Stephanie Occhipinti


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Elizabeth Garvin’s New Stripe Collection Is Spot on Stylish

New York City. Feb. 25, 2021. Studio jeweler Elizabeth Garvin’s lifelong love of patterns paved the way for an appropriately named new jewelry collection: Stripe. From decorative edges to entire surfaces, every piece speaks to its apt name.

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In fact, Garvin’s own family could have unknowingly had a glimpse of her lifelong obsession in a photograph of the maker at age four: she dressed herself in a busy-looking ensemble of stripes, calico prints, and polka dots, much to her mother’s dismay. “I loved putting on that outfit when she wasn’t looking,” Garvin reveals. “I find patterns exciting to the eye, and months into the pandemic, I found that I finally had time to focus on a Stripe collection.”

Borrowing childhood inspiration from her onetime handiwork with crayons—remember coloring layers and overlapping shades?—Garvin creates Stripe styles through a subtractive process on bimetal she makes herself. No commercial grade stuff for this bench jeweler.  

“Our gold is 0.25 mm—in jewelers’ terms that is quite thick—and is laminated at high temperatures to silver,” she explains of her house-made material. “Then a pattern of stripes is drawn onto the surface with a scribe and the gold is engraved, removing material until the silver layer beneath is cleanly exposed.”

For sure, she wanted a significant surface treatment that was deeply engraved and clear to see. What’s not visible? The amount of time it takes to make a single Stripe jewel.

“It takes forever so these should last forever,” Garvin jokes about a process that literally lasts weeks. It starts with recycling her own scrap and fresh 18k gold casting grain, melting equal amounts into ingot and then rolling out into sheet. Once ready, her bimetal styles can take hours to engrave.

To date, more than 50 styles are available in oxidized sterling and 18k yellow gold, but rose gold is en route. Gemstones include radial-cut quartz, blue topaz, black and colorless diamonds, beryl, tourmaline, and rutilated quartz. Retail prices start at $900.

Stripe is in select stores now and is available for sale on Garvin’s website. Bonus: she has a three-day online sales event happening this weekend, an affair with benefits for JH readers. Garvin is offering a 15 percent discount on all orders placed from Feb. 26 through Feb. 28 with the coupon code JH (all uppercase). The discount applies to every piece listed for sale.

Stripe ring in 18k gold and oxidized sterling silver with 0.9 ct. t.w. diamonds and 
a hand-fabricated, stipple-textured and engraved surface, $1,630; available online at Elizabeth Garvin

Stripe ring in 18k gold and oxidized sterling silver with 0.9 ct. t.w. diamonds and a hand-fabricated, stipple-textured and engraved surface, $1,630; available online at Elizabeth Garvin

Stripe earring in 18k gold and oxidized sterling silver with 8.1 cts. t.w. bezel-set, radial-cut blue topaz center with a hand-fabricated, stipple-textured and engraved surface, $1,650; available online at Elizabeth Garvin

Stripe earring in 18k gold and oxidized sterling silver with 8.1 cts. t.w. bezel-set, radial-cut blue topaz center with a hand-fabricated, stipple-textured and engraved surface, $1,650; available online at Elizabeth Garvin

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Stripe ring in 18k gold and oxidized sterling silver with rutilated quartz and a hand-fabricated, stipple-textured and engraved surface, $2,070; available online at Elizabeth Garvin


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Sia Taylor’s New Gold Dust Collection is Made for Lovers of Layering Jewelry

Somerset, England. Feb. 25, 2021. Sia Taylor’s new Gold Dust jewelry collection expands upon her design DNA of fleeting movements like rain and wind captured in karat gold, but this time, the protagonist is a pesky household particulate. Rendered in 18k–24k gold and platinum, however, the effect is hardly one that we’d Swiffer away.

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“Our recent pieces aim to capture the delicate dance of dust in light,” explains the goldsmith. “In a cool palette of pale golds and platinum, delicate dots of precious metals shimmer like particles in the air.”

Gold Dust’s overall effect is understated, romantic, and ideal for layering—a joyful cacophony of glimmering effects whose beauty escalate further when worn in multiples.

Some 42 individual pieces exist in three different colorways—yellow or white gold or rainbow hues—without any gems; the delicately sculpted gold specks are pretty enough on their own. Retail prices start at £500.

Falling Dust 6-strand bracelet in 18k yellow gold, £1,460

Falling Dust 6-strand bracelet in 18k yellow gold, £1,460;
available online at Sia Taylor

Scattered Dust Double necklace in 18k yellow gold, £1,875; available online at Sia Taylor

Scattered Dust Double necklace in 18k yellow gold, £1,875;
available online at Sia Taylor

Falling Dust 6-strand earring in 18k yellow and white gold with platinum dots, £2,175; available online at Sia Taylor

Falling Dust 6-strand earring in 18k yellow and white gold with platinum dots, £2,175; available online at Sia Taylor


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Martha Seely’s New Shooting Stars Comet Jewelry Is an Out-of-This-World Homage to Togetherness

Carlisle, Mass. Feb. 24, 2021. It’s taken three years for a single pair of Comet earrings, made in 2018, to blossom into Martha Seely’s new Shooting Stars Comet jewelry collection.

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Seely made the earrings after falling for a tusk-like stone cut that reminded her of a comet’s tail. She loved the dramatic long silhouette but couldn’t secure it in a shorter size, a necessity for building out a collection. She toyed with the idea in her head for a few years until spring of 2020, when her Convergence pendant necklace was born. The statement piece showed an overlapping series of myriad metal comet tails in a glorious and silent statement to a byproduct of the pandemic: a strong desire to come together. As Britney Spears once said, “My loneliness is killing me.”

“I designed it so the comets were all coming together in the center … which was (and still is) my wish for us,” says the artist. “Like everyone else, this has been a lonely time. The idea of comets coming together made me feel better.”

To further drive home the celestial theme, Seely chose warm and cool gemstone colors to represent a comet’s realistic temps: madeira garnets for fire and lapis, sapphires, and diamonds for cold. Custom off-kilter hexagon cuts of gems read as stars, while movement is implied through slender tail-like silhouettes—some rendered in triangular wires. Ear climbers are designed to look like comets soaring through the sky while a hinged necklace aims to look like “a sky alight with shooting stars,” she says.

Six pieces are currently available, but more are in the works. Her metal of choice? Fourteen karat white and yellow gold. Retail prices start at $960.

“I feel like wearing these comets/shooting stars is like wearing a ‘wishing star,’” she adds. “And in 2020, Lord knows I was wishing on stars every day! Wishing life would all be back to normal. So this line just needed to be birthed right now. To give me hope. To give us all hope.”

Comet ear climbers in 14k gold with lapis, $950; available online at Martha Seely

Comet ear climbers in 14k gold with lapis, $950; available online at Martha Seely

Comet ring in in 14k gold with Madeira garnet, $1,760; available online at Martha Seely

Comet necklace in 14k gold with back hinge and front opening, Madeira garnets, and diamonds, $6,135; available online at Martha Seely

Comet necklace in 14k gold with back hinge and front opening, Madeira garnets, and diamonds, $6,135; available online at Martha Seely


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