Rapaport Magazine

Designer Lines

By Amber Michelle
From flight attendant to jewelry designer, Sandy Leong has a history of creative endeavors that inform her work. While traveling the world, Leong experimented with photography, drawing, sculpting and painting. Then she discovered the world of jewelry and began a new career. Based in New York City, Leong’s designs are inspired by nature and geometry. Her line, which is made in the U.S., is created from gold with diamond and colored gem accents. 
   In honor of the Dutch Royal family and commemorating the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander on April 30, 2013, Royal Asscher has created the Fancy Royals, a new jewelry collection. Inspired by the royal family, known as the House of Orange, the special three-ring collection showcases orange sapphires and white diamonds in silver, as well as orange and white diamonds set in 18-karat yellow or white gold.
   Jane Basch Jewelry Design has a new spin on perennially popular initial jewelry — a hamsa hand. This symbol of protection gets personal with scrolling openwork initials inside the hand. Basch has also created a collection of bangles with initials, as well as initial pendants with drusy accents.
   Avakian, couture jeweler to the stars and other VIPs, unveiled its Haute Joaillerie collection at the Cannes Film Festival. To showcase the jewelry, Avakian opened a pop-up boutique in the Carlton Hotel just steps away from where famed red-carpet A-listers and paparazzi converge prior to entering the grand festival hall. Avakian is no stranger to the red carpet; “Glee” cast member Vanessa Lengies and Ali Landry, among others, wore the firm’s creations at events earlier this year.
   Sethi Couture introduces Mayson, a collection of sterling silver and colored gemstone jewelry accented with 14-karat yellow gold. The handcrafted collection, featuring designs that are architecturally inspired, has gemstones cut in unique shapes at the center of each piece. 

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