New York City. Jan. 17, 2020. Emily Kuvin is already known for her whimsical Stella starburst shape, and now the Manhattan-based jewelry designer is unveiling another effortlessly chic and easy-to-wear aesthetic in the Chroma Collection.
Chroma styles feature a trio of rectangular cuts—a tile, a baguette, and a wider, deeper baguette shape that she calls a Bon Bon (“They remind me of Pez candies,” she explained in a phone interview this morning)—in a variety of colored stones. Think blue topaz and peridot as well as sapphires. While a press release states that the designs are inspired by travel, Kuvin dished on their exact origin in our call.
The design of her Jubilation earrings—a starburst-like spray of baguettes—stem from the design request of a friend. The pal had received a pair of baguette-cut diamond earrings after a family member passed, but she didn’t care for the style. So Kuvin took them apart and made her a ring and the Jubilation design of earrings. “I loved them so much that I decided to make colorful versions of them,” she explains. “Ironically, I am my most creative when I have constraints such as, ‘You have these baguettes to work with, make something.’”
Meanwhile, another friend is responsible for the creation of her Bon Bon jewels. A pal became an inadvertent gemstone buyer and collector when stationed in a job in Afghanistan, bringing home a number of stones for Kuvin. Among the rocks was a step-cut green tourmaline that became the first Bon Bon ring. “I loved the simplicity of it,” recollects Kuvin. Tile numbers, too, were born from these Afghan gems, which are now visible in Chroma in earrings and necklaces.
Jubilation styles are made as earrings, pendants, and cigar bands, while Bon Bon are available as rings, necklaces, and stud earrings. Though Chroma is all about color, diamond lovers can also find styles to love. “I’ve sold medium- and small-size Jubilation styles in diamonds,” adds Kuvin.
All pieces are made in 14k gold, and retail prices range from $550 to $3,000.
Bon Bon necklace in 14k yellow gold with 3.3 cts. t.w. blue topaz and peridot, $2,050; available online at Emily Kuvin
Jubilation studs in 14k yellow gold with 5.63 cts. t.w. baguette-cut pink, yellow, and orange sapphires, $4,000; available online at Emily Kuvin
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