Inspirations

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

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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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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