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Fan Club: Rebecca Jewelry, by Scott Keating

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[h3]In “Fan Club”, Scott Keating shares his admiration for the designs of Alessandro Testi for Rebecca Jewelry.[/h3]

 

[dropcap cap=M]aking its U.S. debut two years ago, Rebecca Jewelry is quickly becoming a recognizable name among retailers and consumers alike. Celebri

ties such as Rihanna and Pink are fans, wearing pieces in videos and to awards shows. Crafted of gold-plated stainless steel, bronze and sterling silver and featuring faceted gemstones, the collection is both stylish and affordable, making it the perfect alternative to the high prices of precious metals in today’s soft economy. “The accessibility and innovative style has attracted the high-end stores where customers understand fashion, sophistication and value,” says Agostino Magni, president of Rebecca in the United States. Rebecca Jewelry is designed by Alessandro Testi of Testi S.p.A., who was ahead of his time in working with these affordable metals. When he founded his company in 1998, it was Testi’s passion to keep the quality, look and feel of Italian craftsmanship while offering glamorous yet affordable jewelry to women in all walks of life. — STORY BY BETH BERNSTEIN[/dropcap]

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“While Alessandro Testi created the company 10 years ago in Italy and it’s been a hit with the European market, Rebecca is pretty new to the United States. It’s got an incredible fashion look at accessible price points.”

“I admire the classic Italian ingenuity of Rebecca, which is to offer beautifully designed and crafted jewelry that is forward in its style but still has a timelessness. This is the type of jewelry that a woman can keep going back to and mixing up with other pieces in her jewelry wardrobe.”

“Retailers began recognizing the collection in the U.S. for its big-statement looks in alternative metals (sterling silver, gold-plated bronze) and wonderful colored stones. The timing is perfect for this type of creative yet affordable collection.”

“Even before we had to deal with this economic climate, the collection was geared to women who wore and recognized big-name labels. These pieces, while not expensive, could be worked in with Prada clothes and handbags and Jimmy Choo shoes. The looks came out of the fashion world. Not many fine jewelry designers are basing their collections on the runways, and the Rebecca collection fills this important niche.”

“I would say it’s one of the most relevant collections to watch today and that it will continue to grow in the U.S. market, particularly since it is sold as a complete brand. The vision is right on.”

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With his studio and home in Aspen, CO, award-winning designer Scott Keating says that “working in nature’s backyard” provides the influence for his jewelry collection, Scott Keating Design. He and his wife, sculptor N

ancy Lovendahl, moved there after meeting in Keating’s native Chicago where he studied design and engineering at the University of Illinois. In 2005, in addition to his own designs, he transitioned into a studio for worldwide jewelry. During a three-year partnership with Sandberg and Sikorski, Keating designed for its branded line, A. Jaffe. Scott Keating for Helzberg Diamonds was launched in 2006 with an exclusive private label branded collection. In 2008, Keating was hired as the creative director for all Jasani Group Worldwide collections. Keating is now launching a fashion line for Lovemark Diamonds by Jasani, a patented diamond cut made for bridal and fashion jewelry.[/important]

Roma collection gold-plated bronze necklace with citrine hydrothermal stones.

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Oblong-shaped iolite earrings.

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Two-stone ring crafted in bronze and set with blue topaz and amethyst.

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Steel and bronze triple-pendant necklace of garnet, citrine and tourmaline.

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Megan Thorne praises the witty, enchanting designs of Lene Vibe.

BY BETH BERNSTEIN

 

Published in the September-October 2013 issue

Danish designer and goldsmith Lene Vibe’s collection, called Vibe’s, offers an edgy take on the childhood memories of fairies, exotic flowers and the creatures one might find in the most enchanting of tales. She translates this with elegance and wit into wearable one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry in which the golden, magical motifs are surrounded by sumptuous handpicked South Sea, keshi and freshwater pearls, as well as antique and rough-cut natural colored diamonds. Vibe started as an apprentice at Georg Jensen in 1995, and in 2002, she opened her own store and wholesaling business in Copenhagen. Her work is sold throughout the U.S. by fine retailers, and she has recently expanded the collection to include colored gemstones.

MEGAN THORNE ON LENE VIBE

“FROM THE MINUTE I SAW one of Lene’s pieces, I was awestruck. It was a pearl ring with the most delicate three-dimensional floral motif, and as I looked at it from different angles, I kept discovering new things: A snail climbing up the side, a diamond bezel underneath with a mix of white and yellow gold in the tiniest of flowers. The combination of the metalsmithing and detail and the wearability of it was something that only a true artist could accomplish.”

“Lene’s talent and rare ability come through in each and every piece she designs.” “I particularly love the way she offers an irreverent and witty take on feminine pieces. Her pieces are pretty but are the opposite of girly or sweet. Their beauty lies in the unexpected, like mixing skulls and guns with intricate flowers, snails, leaves and thorns. It is this juxtaposition that gives her pieces their distinctive character.”

“I didn’t meet Lene until about a year after I began seeing her pieces. After meeting her and getting to know how lovely, straightforward and charming a person she is, her jewelry became even more special, if that could be possible.”

“Working with different types of pearls and imbuing them with something that felt so new, original and modern is yet another part of Lene’s sensibilities that sets her apart and has created a unique identity for her as a designer.” “I also admire the way she can take both classic materials, such as pearls, and materials that are more on-trend, such as rough and rose cut diamonds, and never waver from her vision or perspective. Yet, with that said, when a customer puts on one of her pieces, it becomes about them and their style. As clear as her vision is, there is a subtlety that allows the wearer to tell their own story.”

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ABOUT MEGAN THORNE: Megan Thorne’s jewelry has become synonymous with feminine designs that recall the delicacy and graceful fluidity of her first career as a fashion designer. After discovering and mastering the art of metalsmithing, Thorne launched her jewelry collection in 2007. Her intimate knowledge of working hands-on with each piece — from the model through fabrication and finishing and setting each style — has created a loyal following among retailers and consumers alike. Thorne’s bridal line has emerged as the go-to collection for today’s women who desire engagement and wedding rings that exude the character, presence and fine details of heirloom pieces, while also allowing the wearer’s personality to shine through.

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“Naomi Has a deep appreciateion for nature, which come through in the way she interprets her floral elements .”

BY BETH BERNSTEIN

 

Published in the March-April 2013 issue

Naomi Blumenthal’s educational background is in sculpture and garden design. In 2002, after the birth of her son, Blumenthal opened a garden design consultancy and started making jewelry for herself as a hobby. Her clients asked if they could buy her pieces, wearing them to charity balls and some to red carpet events. In 2008, with the help of her husband, Ron, she launched the Naomi Blumenthal collection, and it has since blossomed to include all her passions — the natural world combined with the art of sculpture into a alluring, feminine and completely wearable collection.

ROBIN ROTENIER ON NAOMI BLUMENTHAL

“I FIRST SAW Naomi Blumenthal’s jewelry briefly at the Summer JA show. Her feeling for organic textures and motifs that were all hand carved completely intrigued me. She has a true eye for detail but understands completely how to translate this into wearable jewelry.”

“The jewelry is, at the same time, sculptural and feminine. You can tell the workmanship that goes into each style and how well thought out every single piece in the collection is.” “I especially like the flow of her designs. My sensibility has always been not to overdesign, so I am always attracted to simple yet strong shapes and visions.”

“A good design also lies in the correct use of space for proportion and scale, and Naomi seems to execute that with a simple elegance.”

“It is clear that Naomi has a deep appreciation for nature, which comes through in the way she interprets her floral and sea life elements. She explained that she does farming and that connection is vivid in her work.” “As her work evolves, it will be exciting to see how her new pieces layer and complement her stunning original collection.”

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ROBIN ROTENIER: A third-generation designer, and the first in jewelry, Paris-born Robin Rotenier founded his namesake line in 1993. Rotenier attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Gemological Institute of America. In 2006, FIT awarded him the Mortimer C. Ritter Award, one of the highest honors given out by the alumni association. Rotenier carves all his models, and each piece is finished by hand and produced in New York City. His passion for design and attention to detail give each piece a distinctive character. Objects and architectural details are at the core of each new design, and his creations range from tongue-in-cheek and fun to ultra sophisticated and elegant. His attention to his retailers’ needs is unparalleled and a testament to his business acumen.

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Anne Sportun raves about Adel Chefridi’s fresh take on old-world styles.

BY BETH BERNSTEIN

 

Published in the January0-February 2013 issue

Adel Chefridi launched his jewelry collection in 1998 in New York. Born in Tunisia, he increasingly draws inspiration from his multicultural background, resulting in an attempt in his work to reconcile past and present, nostalgia and hope. His designs are crafted with natural gemstones and recycled metals, and they emphasize simplicity, wearability and durability. Regarding his collection, he explains, “The colors of natural gemstones are the best complement to the natural beauty of people. My work attempts to present the innate beauty of both the gemstones and the wearer.”

ANNE SPORTUN ON ADEL CHEFRIDI

“I MET ADEL CHEFRIDI at a trade show and noticed almost immediately that his work is not only well designed but well finished, with just the right amount of details and nuances and that made it truly stand out for me.”

“There exists an element of old-world uniqueness to his work that is presented in a fresh, easy-to-understand and easy-to-wear way, which is a winning combination!”

“I respect Adel’s goldsmith training background; it shows in the quality of his workmanship.”

“Many of the designs in the various groupings are well merchandised so that they can cross over. They can be worn layered, or a woman can wear a ring from one line and a pendant from another, and it all coordinates beautifully.”

“Retailers can shop his designs at the price point best suited for their store. He offers sterling silver, high karat gold, and a combination of the two. All are finished with the same attention to detail.”

“Having spent time talking with Adel, I am further impressed with what a warm, kind and generous person he is.”

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ANNE SPORTUN: In 1987, Anne Sportun launched Experimetal Jewellery Works, which grew into a retail store in Toronto in 1992 with the help of business partner Barbara Kelly. A second store opened 12 years later, and today, the Anne Sportun Collection has a staff of 25. Sportun describes jewelry as “not bound by words, geography, or ethnicity, but nurtured by a universal language of shapes, symbols and form.” In 2003, she had the honor of having the image of her hands on a Canadian 65-cent postage stamp.

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