Los Angeles. Sept. 9, 2020. Polly Wales, the innovator behind the cast-not-set technique and founder of the eponymous jewelry company, takes her most recent inspiration from the sky in the Constellation collection, which debuted a week ago.
According to the U.K.-born goldsmith, pieces in Constellation resemble “fistfuls of stars thrown into the night sky,” with sapphires landing wherever “destiny decides.” Just a handful of styles exist to date, all featuring round brilliant-cut sapphires set into 18k yellow gold.
“Constellation has all the looks people love in my jewelry,” Wales explains in a phone call. “That organic-looking, eroded quality and the jumbled-up nature of the stones. I wanted to capture some of that again because it’s reminiscent of my Confetti rings, and at a price point that is accessible.” (Retail prices for Constellation start under $2,000.)
For sure, that wonderfully distinct eroded look is evident in Wales’ Spinning Disc necklaces as well as her Confetti rings. That primitive effect, however, isn’t an easy one to craft.
“It’s hard to make those eroded looks in a stable piece of jewelry,” she continues.
Working on a smaller scale allows her to make them repeatable in a consistent manner that is “more predictable.”
And the final product? It captures the essence of the Polly Wales brand: serendipitous styles that appear as happy little mistakes.
The now-Los-Angeles-based artist will be adding more and bigger styles to the collection. Upon release to her own email list, she sold out of several styles. For example, a one-of-a-kind pair of Double Drop Disc earrings with multicolor stones sold straightaway for $4,400. Wales also sold out of small pendant necklaces, priced at $1,900 apiece, on day one. “That’s an accessible price point, so we sold four,” she says. In total, six pieces have sold thus far on Wales’ own website; expect to see more and larger Disc necklaces and Disc stud earrings.
Not surprisingly, store owners are asking for their own pieces to sell, but Wales is keeping Constellation to herself—at least for now. “In this changing time, I wanted something unique for us, just as retail accounts have wanted to have their own one-of-a-kind pieces.”
Constellation necklace in 18k yellow gold with blue sapphires, $1,960; available online at Polly Wales
Disc stud earrings in 18k yellow gold with white sapphires, $2,060; available online at Polly Wales
These one-of-a-kind Double Drop Disc earrings in 18k yellow gold with multicolor sapphires sold within days of their release for $4,400.
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