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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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Aurélie Dellasanta’s Spike Jewelry Collection Is an Extension of Her Love of Punk

London. Feb. 22, 2021. When designer Aurélie Dellasanta debuted her Urban Animal collection last year, the creatures in it already had spike elements along with their mohawks and chains. Now, a year later, the spikes themselves have their own themed array à la the Spike jewelry collection.

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“[The spike] is an archetypal symbol, one of the first shapes that humans used when they adorned themselves with animal teeth or nails to inspire power and ferocity, but also protection and wisdom,” she explains.

Other influences? Victorian-era jewelry (consider her Victorian-inspired crescent moon design) and the artist’s love of Indian culture, which plays a subtle role by way of shape, metal textures, and vibrant colorways—think juicy-looking fancy sapphires in pink and orange. Another example is her Long Pink Moon earrings which marry the slender Victorianesque crescent moon shape with spikes and Indian-influenced gold beading.

“I have always been fond of the Victorian era for its delicate jewelry patterns and refined poetic symbols,” she continues.

Overall, Spike gives iconic silhouettes like a pear-shape pendant or diamond studs an edgier style, and the collection on the whole becomes an “anthem to diversity and freedom,” she adds.

Some 25 designs are available in three color options in sterling silver, 18k gold vermeil, or 18k gold. Customization is available. Gemstones include citrine; topaz; peridot; fancy sapphires in white, pink, orange, and green; green and pink tourmalines; colorless diamonds; and the occasional tsavorite. Retail prices in silver start at £240.

Spike can be found in EC One gallery in London and online at the At Work gallery and on Dellasanta’s own website.

Large pear citrine necklace in 18k gold vermeil with 1.1 cts. t.w. citrines and 0.025 ct. t.w. pink sapphires, £220

Large pear citrine necklace in 18k gold vermeil with 1.1 cts. t.w. citrines and 0.025 ct. t.w. pink sapphires, £220; available online at Aurélie Dellasanta

Round fancy sapphires ring in 18k yellow gold vermeil with 0.15 ct. t.w. orange sapphire, 0.06 ct. t.w. green sapphire, and 0.04 ct. t.w. pink sapphire, £375; available online at Aurélie Dellasanta

Round fancy sapphires ring in 18k yellow gold vermeil with 0.15 ct. t.w. orange sapphire, 0.06 ct. t.w. green sapphire, and 0.04 ct. t.w. pink sapphire, £375; available online at Aurélie Dellasanta

Long Spike Moon earrings in 18k yellow gold with 1.35 cts. t.w. white sapphires, £2,100; available online at Aurélie Dellasanta

Long White Moon earrings in 18k yellow gold with 1.35 cts. t.w. white sapphires, £2,100; available online at Aurélie Dellasanta

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Jewelry Designer Anna Zuckerman on Why Tiaras Matter

Boca Raton, Fla. Feb. 16, 2021. Founder and designer of Anna Zuckerman Luxury debuted her eponymous jewelry brand of rhodium-plated sterling silver set with a high grade of cubic zirconia (CZ) in 2019, and the seemingly frivolous tiara took a prominent spot in the mix early on.

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The onetime proprietor of a fine-jewelry store in Wisconsin and emigrant from the former Soviet Union says tiaras stand for classical antiquity, history, love, and sass. “Everything is about empowering the queen within you,” she says of her creations featuring Eastern European flair. Her CZ, she maintains, uses nanotechnology to make Diamond Coated Crystalline, a coating of material comprising a diamond-like element to offer red-carpet-inspired style for an everyday lifestyle.

While her jewelry items (think tennis bracelet) may seem more practical for daily wear, tiaras were actually among the first styles she ever designed.

“When wedding dress shopping, I recognized a market need for affordable tiaras that reflected the peak of luxury,” she explains. “The first tiara design showcased a stunning ruby red simulant set within a Victorian-Deco composition. This is the first one that sold.”

It went home with a longtime customer from Milwaukee in the spring of 2020. “This was at the beginning of the pandemic,” says Zuckerman. “Businesses were beginning to shut down.”

The designer donated the proceeds to Covid-19 relief efforts.

To date, five tiara styles are available for queens worldwide—though they are welcome to shop in person at Zuckerman’s flagship store in Florida. Fifty tiaras have sold thus far. More designs are in the works. A long-term goal? Crowning Miss Universe, but she’s happy to start with crowning you. “Never forget the greatness that lives within you,” she says to fans.

Royal 02 Tiara in rhodium-plated sterling silver with CZ, $1,995, Anna Zuckerman; available online at Anna Zuckerman Luxury

Royal 02 Tiara in rhodium-plated sterling silver with CZ, $1,995, Anna Zuckerman; available online at Anna Zuckerman Luxury


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LoriAnn Jewelry’s New Reflections Collection Uses Sliced Diamonds to Mirror Light & Joy

Westport, Conn. Feb. 9, 2021. To start the new year right, jewelry designer Lori Friedman of LoriAnn Jewelry is offering a joyful collection of jewels featuring slice diamonds. Dubbed Reflections, the lean diamond cuts aim to serve as bright little mirrors to echo life’s joyful moments. Reflections follows other recent offerings—Harmony, Unity, and Confetti—which also speak to her positive outlook on life, coronavirus aside.

“There is no better time than now to reflect on where we have been so that we may move forward,” she explains to the media. “Reflections is a personal reminder that we have the power to shine in a world that is sometimes filled with uncertainty. With a newfound sense of renewal, we can feel empowered to manage and respond to life’s challenges. I love that our new collection is reflective of light, and I think the timing is relevant.”

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Not surprisingly, the “pretty factor” of slices plays a role in their prominence. “I love the organic beauty of their irregular shapes and interesting patterns, making each slice unique and truly one of a kind.”

The grayish white diamonds are set in 14k yellow gold for an even more chipper look. Plus, bezel-set faceted colorless diamonds are set either into the slices or just off to the side, giving each flat rock a little more oomph. Her signature linear effects, sometimes present in a slender bar set over the stones, makes an appearance in various styles.

Retail prices for Reflections start at $475. Some 20 SKUs exist to date but expect more—and a bouquet of colors—come spring.

“I will be expanding Reflections with pops of color and multiple clusters, adding more wonderment to this beautiful slice of life!” says Friedman.

Cluster ring in 14k yellow gold with 0.44 cts. t.w. diamonds, $935; Loriann Jewelry, available online at Loriann Jewelry

Cluster ring in 14k yellow gold with 0.44 cts. t.w. diamonds, $935; Loriann Jewelry, available online at Loriann Jewelry

Slice pendant necklace in 14k yellow gold with 0.79 cts. t.w. diamonds, $1,490; Loriann Jewelry, available online at Loriann Jewelry

Slice pendant necklace in 14k yellow gold with 0.79 cts. t.w. diamonds, $1,490; Loriann Jewelry, available online at Loriann Jewelry

Statement earrings in 14k yellow gold with 1.84 cts. t.w. diamonds, $3,590; Loriann Jewelry, available online at Loriann Jewelry

Statement earrings in 14k yellow gold with 1.84 cts. t.w. diamonds, $3,590; Loriann Jewelry, available online at Loriann Jewelry


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