Rapaport Magazine

Designer Lines

By Amber Michelle
Continuing on his quest to showcase the beauty of natural elements not commonly used in jewelry, David Alvarado has added new designs to his Irthly Jewelled Adornments line. Included are pieces for his Art D’Eco and Irthly Sans collections, which showcase the Tagua Nut. He is currently doing research for his Honey Bee collection that will incorporate elements of the Honey Bee ecosystem. He is also contributing to Philosophy for Children, known as P4C, a not-for-profit global educational movement for children.
   The Future of Design Jewelry Education Fund, Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts and designer Alice Abrams have joined forces once again to offer an up-and-coming designer an opportunity to study at the Revere Academy. Theresa Kwong is the second winner of the Alice Abrams Future of Design Education Fund scholarship to the Revere Academy in San Francisco, California. Kwong received a Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. She transfers her skills at creating 3-D objects on a macro scale to a micro scale when creating jewelry. Her design sensibility is influenced by her years as an architect. She is fascinated with the curves and clean lines of shell and tensile structures that inform her work in anticlastic raising techniques. Cindy Edelstein, owner of Jeweler’s Resource Bureau, established The Future of Design Jewelry Education Fund in the New York Community Trust. The fund was developed to foster talented American designers by providing scholarships, educational seminars, conferences and publications to support the future of design in the jewelry industry.
   Tamara Rahaminov, jewelry designer for Rahaminov Diamonds, teamed up with her neighbor, who happens to be jewelry designer Irit Ehrlich of IritDesign. The designing duo created a new collection, Malibu 18, which made its debut at the recent Centurion Show in Scottsdale, Arizona. Both designers live in Malibu, California, and were inspired to create casual, everyday designs in 18-karat gold accented with diamonds that are an extension of their personal style.
   Jewelry from Carmen Marc Valvo by Gabriel & Co. prowled the catwalk at the designer’s show during New York Fashion Week. The Victoriana-meets-1950s-schoolgirl-inspired clothes were embellished with sterling silver and blackened rhodium necklaces, cufflinks, bangles and earrings. Some of them sparkled with white diamonds, others with Gabriel & Co.’s opaque “Shadow Play” diamonds that gave the jewelry a vintage feel. White sapphires and white agate also contrasted with the darkened metal and popped against plaids made modern through the texture of beading that created a luxurious pattern on tops that paired with either mid-calf pleated, or more voluminous to-the-floor skirts, as well as cropped pants. Black, white, gray and reds were the standout colors of the show.

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