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Haute Box: New Jewelry Designers

Four new jewelry designers draw inspiration from different sources.

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WWD A issue 07/21/2008

CANNON LEWIS — Natural motifs of leaves and birds meet sharp edges and sparkling stones in Cannon Lewis’ 14-karat gold and sterling silver jewelry. “Nature and architecture are the principal inspirations — the juxtaposition of free and flowing lines with architectural structure,” Lewis says. Poetic engravings like “Hearts Fire,” sometimes translated into Latin, give added meaning to her sculpted pieces, many of which are one of a kind. Next up, a bigger selection of baubles retailing for less than $1,000, such as her $725 sand dollar dove necklace. Cannon Lewis jewelry is available at cannonlewis.com, as well as Stanley Korshak in Dallas, Broken English in Brentwood, Calif., and select Barneys New York stores. — Holly Haber

 

 

PRETTY BLACK — Battles for the crown fought more than 600 years ago on Lucy Carr-Ellison’s ancestral estate in northern England are a fount of inspiration for her jewelry line, Pretty Black. Sterling silver swords, skulls, crosses, bullets and horsemen dangle from her necklaces and earrings. Dragons and gargoyles are soon to come, along with
shield rings and necklaces. “I’ve always been inspired by the heritage,” says Carr-Ellison. Pretty Black pieces can be purchased at pretty-black.com, as well as at Screaming Mimis in New York. — H.H.

 

 

ELISA SOLOMON JEWELRY — Elisa Solomon’s jewelry works graphic icons from the Sixties with Native American-inspired animal carvings believed to offer aid or protection to the wearer. “I wanted to spread these two themes, and I wanted people to enjoy jewelry and for it to make you feel happy,” she says. The message is clear in Sixties-inspired daisies, peace signs and a love ring — all crafted in 18-karat gold and sometimes mixed with African glass beads. The animal carvings are a bit more cryptic to the uninitiated — a bear, for instance, represents strength and guidance,
while a frog carving is believed to bring increased fertility — but it all relates, she says. “A lot of people in the Sixties wore Native American jewelry.” Elisa Solomon jewelry is available at Catbird in Brooklyn, N.Y., and at elisasolomon.com. — H.H.

 

 

NASH — What’s old is new to jewelers and retail aficionados Ashleigh Cohen and Nina Segal. The pair, colleagues at Segal’s namesake boutique in the fashion outlet her father, L.A. icon Fred Segal, established decades earlier, launched the vintage charm-laden line Nash this year. Nash’s signatures are long necklaces for layering, mixed metals — often vintage pieces originating in the early 20th century — and religious ornamentation from Saint Christopher and Virgin Mary trinkets to Jewish stars and hamsas. “Rosaries are a classic type of jewelry and what we tried to do is put a twist on a classic,” says Cohen. “It is about nostalgia, protection and spirituality.” Nash retails for $65 to $425 and is found in 35 stores in the U.S., including Fleurt in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Planet Blue in Malibu, Calif. — Rachel Brown

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