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Michelle Fantaci’s namesake jewelry collection has built a cult following by reworking familiar styles with a playfully irreverent attitude. Whether she’s creating ladylike hoop earrings dotted with a single diamond spike or a cuff bracelet that riffs on the shape of a chess piece, her work is both immediately desirable and completely timeless. With two...
A style of diamond ring once associated with celebrating milestone wedding anniversaries is finding new popularity with couples that are on their way to the altar. “Three-stone rings have morphed into their own category of engagement ring,” explains Ron Rizzo, creative director of Pluczenik, the diamond and jewelry brand that created the ring appearing in the film “The Other Party.”
Though his family has worked with diamonds for generations, David Wiener has never lost his childhood fascination with these gems. Today, he’s the President and Head Designer for Harry Kotlar, the Los Angeles-based jewelry brand his grandfather founded in 1948. He’s amazed by the artistry that maximizes a diamond’s natural beauty, and top quality diamond...
No one can argue with Greg Kwiat’s superior diamond credentials. He’s CEO of Kwiat, a family-owned jewelry brand that celebrates its 110th anniversary this year. The company creates major one-off pieces that appear on Hollywood red carpets and down-to-earth designs like mini stackable rings. But as far as Kwiat’s concerned, there’s no single piece of jewelry that’s more versatile than a diamond stud earring. "They’re such a classic and flattering style,” he says.
When it comes to jewelry, who doesn’t love a surprise? Designer Mimi So got one when she learned that a diamond wedding band from her namesake collection would appear in the latest Real is Rare campaign. When none of the countless options available at the shoot was an exact fit for the actress (or, rather, her ultra petite fingers), a member of the ‘Real is Rare. Real is a Diamond’ team offered to lend her personal Mimi So-designed wedding ring for the occasion. It was the perfect fit. A Cinderella moment was made.
Never underestimate the power of a childhood discovery. As an eight-year-old, Morrie Knopp, founder of jewelry brand Beverley K, got first-hand insight into the origin of diamonds. The South Africa native still remembers a field trip to visit the historic Kimberley mine. His fascination with diamonds was sealed on the spot. Both the vastness of...
For more than three decades, Danhov, the jewelry brand founded by Jack Hovsepian, has focused almost entirely on creating handcrafted wedding and engagement rings. In all that time, no jewel has captivated Hovsepian—or his clients—more than the diamond. Virtually every Danhov engagement ring has been set with one of the precious stones. To Hovsepian, the...
Long before he became an award-winning designer, Ron Rizzo discovered the heartfelt connections diamonds inspire. During childhood visits to his uncle’s jewelry boutique he would watch as clients became mesmerized by the diamonds they chose. And their awe would only grow once the stone was paired with a custom-made setting that would enhance its radiance. Now,...
Gillian Conroy’s résumé includes stints as a graphic designer and fashion editor, but it’s jewelry design that won her over for good. Her eponymous jewelry collection—crafted entirely in her New York City studio—is a favorite choice for couples craving a chance to personalize their engagement and wedding rings. She is more than happy to oblige. The...