Rapaport Magazine

Designer Lines

By Amber Michelle
For those who love jewelry design, Twenty-First Century Jewellery Designers: An Inspired Style by Juliet Weir-de la Rouchefoucauld is an inside look at contemporary jewelry designers from around the globe. The 360-page book, published by Antique Collectors’ Club, explores the world of some of today’s most elite designers, including JAR, James de Givenchy for Taffin, Nicholas Varney, Michele della Valle, Michelle Ong, Dickson Yewn and Bhagat. Each of the designers profiled in the book is interviewed and the unique stories of their inspiration and creativity are revealed. Full-color photos of several jewels from each designer are included.
   Designer Orianne Collins has bowed two new jewelry collections. Urbaine takes inspiration from architecture and integrates arches and ovals into delicate, chic, modern designs formed in gold shimmering with diamonds. The Slave collection is a blend of sensuality and vulnerability showcasing black and white diamonds set in white and pink gold.
   Pino Fine Art Jewellery plays a starring role in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” In the second installment of the box-office hit, Caesar Flickerman, played by Stanley Tucci, and Cinna, played by Lenny Kravitz, both wear rings from Claudio Pino. The Chilean-born designer, who currently resides in Quebec, Canada, balances a sculptural aesthetic with wearable comfort.
   A pair of diamond-embellished boots was unveiled at Business of Design Week in Hong Kong, which was dedicated to Belgian creativity. The boots were a collaboration between two Antwerp-based diamond firms: Diarough/UNI-Design and A.F. Vandevorst. The companies were chosen for the project by The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) and Flanders Fashion Institute. Design duo An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx created a pair of black leather ankle boots using 1,550 carats of champagne, gray and pink diamonds from Diarough/UNI-Design. A team of craftspeople in the India-based UNI-Design facility set 39,083 diamonds into the boots. It took 30,000 hours to create the boots from design to completion. The boots are valued at $3,188,000.
   Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Rebel Chique Design Competition who used man-made diamonds cut and polished by the Royal Asscher subsidiary Rebel Chique. The competition was judged by Lita Asscher, president and designer, Royal Asscher US; designer Erica Courtney; blogger Monica Stephenson; designers Reena Ahluwalia and Gitta Vandenbroeck and freelance jewelry editor Talya Cousins. Following are the first-place winners in each category: Earrings — Bimal Koley, Dubai; Necklace and Menswear — Georgina Teng, Philippines; Ring — Amelia Rachim, Italy; Bracelet — Annie Fensterstock, U.S.; Rebelwear — Alison Nagasue, U.S. 

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