Rapaport Magazine

Designer Lines

By Amber Michelle

Sword pendant
by Parulina

Growing up in the United Kingdom (U.K.), designer Parul Kuki Seth was inspired by Gothic cathedrals, rock music and high fashion. She even apprenticed with fashion icon Vivienne Westwood. Kuki Seth’s Indian heritage infused her with a love of brilliant color. It was all of those elements that became the vocabulary for Kuki Seth’s jewelry
collection, Parulina. The line is comprised of richly colored gemstones glittering with diamond accents in bold designs that capture the essence of exotic, sun-filled places around the globe.

Earrings by Calleija

Ring by Bonato Milano 1960
Award-winning Australian jeweler Calleija has partnered with luxury automobile maker
Aston Martin
to produce an elegant jewelry collection. The partners share a passion for fine quality and top craftsmanship. Designer John Calleija was influenced by the Aston Martin One-77 Supercar. The collection, which was six years in the making, features a new cut —
the Astar, based on the contours of the Aston Martin grille, the lines of which are repeated in the diamond. In addition, Calleija incorporates pink diamonds from the Argyle mine in some
of the pieces. The collection debuts May 16
at the luxury automobile’s showroom in
Mayfair, London.

Platinum Guild International (PGI-USA) is busy reminding the industry that platinum is the premier metal for jewelry. The recent BaselWorld 2012 fair showcased the third Platinum Design Awards competition. There were 52 entries vying for honors in four categories: Bridal, most commercially appealing; Bridal, most innovative design; Men’s Jewelry and Trends. The pieces, which were displayed at 26 participating manufacturers’ booths, were judged by 50 international journalists during the show. Winners were feted at a cocktail party where PGI Chief Executive Officer (CEO) James Courage presented them with their awards. The winners for Bridal, innovative design, were Philippe Tournaire, first place; Matthia’s & Claire, second place and Domino, third place. For Bridal, commercial design, Matthia’s & Claire took first place; Gerstner, second place; Meister, third place. Men’s Jewelry first-place winner was Roberto Demeglio; TTF, second place; Paolo Piovan, third place. Trends winners included Bonato Milano 1960, first place;
Heinz Mayer
, second place and Gebrüder Schaffrath, third place.

  Shana Farr introduced her Pure Imagination jewelry collection at the Players Club in New York City. The collection is comprised of sterling silver pieces with gold accents: Fortune Cookie pendants and charms open to reveal a personal message; Secret Garden spells out memories in intricately filigreed lockets; Bouquet is filled with flowers. In addition to an accomplished professional singing career, Farr worked at Harry Winston, where she became global director of merchandise. She later moved to Samuel Aaron, where she created designs as director of merchandising.

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