Can you believe it?! Another year at Couture is over?! The craziness of Las Vegas jewelry week has come and gone, but the memories and amazing jewelry last forever. My last leg of the trip was spent at Couture, where I packed as much jewelry into six hours as I possibly could. Warning: I would not try this next year! This was my first year I attended Couture for only one day and I do not recommend doing so! There's just way too much to see to do that to yourself! But I made the most of it, and saw some pretty incredible pieces.
One of my goals this year was to visit with exhibitors I've never met with before. This goal was hard because it meant I missed out on visiting with old friends and designers I had worked with in the past. But I thought it was great to widen my circle and explore more, which led me to new designers that I am extremely excited about, like Mattioli Jewelry, Etho Maria, Phyne by Paige Novick and Diane Kordas Jewellery. These four topped my list of designers I couldn't wait to meet and see their jewelry for the first time in person. I was truly blown away by all four, each for different reasons.
Mattioli Jewelry was one of the first Couture appointments I made. Those enamel and gemstone face rings is what I had been dreaming about since I first laid my eyes on them one day while on Facebook. Seeing them in person is totally a different story! They are inspired by a 16th century Italian painted named Arcimboldo who created masterpieces entirely out of objects like fruit, vegetables, and flowers. That totally amazed me, not to mention I wanted to get familiar with some Italian designers for my upcoming trip to Italy (!!! yes, you heard it here first!).
Etho Maria is a European company which fuses a designer brand with a manufacturing company to create exquisite pieces. I love the boldness and the gemstone colors use in their pieces. Sold worldwide, they have a global reach and universal fan base--I could also easily see many of their pieces on the red carpet.
Phyne by Paige Novick recently launched, although the namesake designer has been designing costume jewelry for several years. I had been a huge fan of her costume pieces, but here on Gem Gossip, I don't write about costume jewelry so I never featured her designs. Now with the launch of her 14k gold collection I can proudly write about her as a designer and I love the pieces she has put together for the Phyne collection. Paige was also recently inducted into the CFDA!
Diane Kordas Jewellery caught my attention several months ago on Instagram. I chose one of her rings as a part of my #gemgossipwishlist this past holiday season. I couldn't wait to see her pieces in person and it was so great meeting her! The three rings I took a photo of I cannot stop thinking about--totally obsessed. Her pieces are casual and classic, yet have this understated cool-factor to them. Love it!
myself at the Mattioli Jewelry booth wearing pieces from their African Queen collection
Phyne by Paige Novick two-finger rings stacked up make for a cool look
wearing an 18k cuff and two rings from Mattioli's Urban Animals collection
two versions of Ileana Makri's evil eye rings done in diamonds and sapphires
imitating an image from Mattioli's lookbook, love these two rings
checking out Arik Kastan's new pieces, some great bold looks with tempting gemstone combinations
designer Nora Kogan showing me her jewels, love that emerald, and her famous T & A rings
Moritz Glik diamond shaker rings are so incredible--MUST SEE in person
these enamel & gemstone rings by Mattioli Jewelry were inspired by Arcimboldo a 16th century painter who created masterpieces entirely out of fruit, vegetables, etc
celestial happiness created by Andrea Fohrman, these are her newest pieces using manganese sulfide
love these gold collars accented by pearls and diamonds & the ear climber too, by Paige Novick
can you see why Etho Maria was on top of my list of must-see designers?!
meeting Maria Lalaounis was such a treat, ilias Lalaounis is one of my all-time favorites, all the way from Greece
a peek into the brightly colored display of Ileana Makri and her new Art Deco collection
Finn Jewelry had some really clever new pieces and these earrings stole the show for me
nothing like some bold gold from Buddha Mama Jewelry, so great to finally meet these rad ladies
Incredibly daunting and mysterious, the Morpheus pendant by Anthony Lent Jewelry
love Brooke Gregson and her insane opals, a gemstone lover at heart you can totally see it in her work
Diane Kordas Jewellery topping off my wish list with these three solid rings right here!
juicy gemstones from Kara Ross, so bold and luxurious
dripping in gold with Spinelli Kilcollin who won two design awards at Couture! Congrats!