Chicago. Sept. 30, 2020. Jeanette Park loves Chicago so much that the city is the design muse for her new Revival jewelry line. The Midwest native, originally from Waukesha, Wis., and the force behind ParkFord Jewelry (the business moniker is a combination of her maiden name and her husband’s family name) unveiled Revival yesterday, “a collection inspired by the mix of old and new that I see every day here in Chicago,” she explains. “Chicago is such a vibrant modern city but still has nostalgia from the turn of the century that I wanted to capture and translate into a fine-jewelry collection.”
One of the city’s most unique structures is the Mantonya Flats building designed by Curd H. Gottig and built in 1887 by Lucius B. Mantonya. This dwelling was built six years after Chicago’s great fire, which burned for two days, destroyed more than three square miles of the city, and left about 100,000 people homeless. Among its distinctive features: Moorish-inspired windows that are rounded and have keyhole-like effects. “I’ve been dying to design around those,” says Park. “These round brick window frames are also featured in other flats from that era, and this inspired the motif you see in my designs.”
To date, Revival features 26 SKUs, all made in 14k gold with a variety of gemstones, including faves like tanzanite and turquoise. “I love color and wanted to keep things bright,” she explains. Retail prices for Revival start at $1,280. All the jewelry is made in Chicago.
Park’s beloved design signature of claw prongs, evident in many of her other works, have an understated presence in some Revival styles, as do cabochon stone cuts.
“My designs are modern and have clean lines and bright pops of color—I don’t have a craft look even though there is a vintage influence,” she adds.
Collectors can shop Revival on the ParkFord website now while store buyers can email Jackie Lebental at Jackie@barri.onmicrosoft.com for wholesale purchases.
Double Revival ring in 14k yellow gold with jadeite jade and 0.1 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,530; available online at ParkFord Jewelry
Midi Revival stud earrings in 14k yellow gold with 0.38 ct. t.w. hot pink sapphires, $3,470; available online at ParkFord Jewelry
Rainbow Revival necklace in 14k yellow gold with rainbow moonstone and 1.2 cts. t.w. baguette-cut sapphires, $3,950; available online at ParkFord Jewelry
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