Rapaport Magazine

Designer Lines

By Amber Michelle

Pearl necklace by Yvel
As a trend, personalization continues to gain momentum. Catering to that desire to make jewelry more meaningful, designer Regina Chapman introduces the Affordable Luxury Collection for Grey Lee Designs. The brand — which features initial monograms — focuses on personalization, allowing customers to express their personalities through the jewelry they wear. The pieces are handmade and inspired by different moods and personas — and named to reflect those themes, from Celebrity to Dreamer and Socialite to Tycoon.

For the second year in a row, Yvel has won the Centurion Design Award for the Pearl Category. The design is comprised of a 26-year-old Australian South Sea baroque pearl with a black and white diamond cap suspended from a black diamond lariat chain. Show attendees at the Centurion Jewelry Show in Scottsdale, Arizona, vote to determine the winner of the Centurion Design Award. 

Also announced during the Centurion show were the Centurion Emerging Designer Awards. The six winners, listed below, come from a variety of backgrounds, each with a unique design aesthetic.

Ring by Regina Chapman
Grey Lee Designs
Jamie Cassavoy de Gonzalez, Cassavoy & Co., Decatur, Georgia, interprets classic botanical motifs into modern sterling silver or 18-karat gold jewelry. Her pieces use line, texture and color to create modern, sophisticated pieces.

Shamila Jiwa is based in Seattle, Washington. Calling herself a gem sleuth, she designs limited-edition and custom jewelry that feature cut-to-fit gems in special settings. She creates pieces that reflect her extensive world travels and her Indian ethnic heritage.

Ward Kelvin is inspired by modern Chinoiserie. Formerly a toy designer, Kelvin attended Pratt Institute in New York City, designed jewelry for Tiffany & Co. and consulted for Ralph Lauren and David Yurman prior to launching his firm, WKI Fine Jewelry in New York City.

Earrings by Robert Namdar
Laavanya Jewels by New York design team Ruchi Kotahwala and Ami Jhaveri uses organic stones to create luxury jewelry. Kotahwala grew up in India, where she developed an interest in fashion design. She later took classes in jewelry design at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), Carlsbad campus. Jhaveri comes from a jewelry family and was interested in jewelry from an early age.

Lydia Lerner, Danville, California, is inspired by the curves found in nature, and the colors of the rain forests around the world. While working as an employee benefits consultant, Lerner explored her creative side by designing jewelry. On a trip to Bali, she connected with artisans who bring her designs to life in sterling silver with or without gemstones.

Robert Namdar of RevaBella in New York City focuses on sterling silver, using his “stardust” silver crafting method that employs laser technology. The result is a diamond look that combines diamonds and gemstones to create affordable pieces with classic elegance and contemporary design.

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