Jeweler Temple St. Clair Carr, founder of Temple St. Clair, visited a church with astrological reliefs in Vezelay, France, which piqued her interest in ancient astrology and the Ptolemaic hypothesis - the second-century astronomer Ptolemy's his belief...
CELESTIAL SEASONINGS: Jeweler Temple St. Clair Carr, founder of Temple St. Clair, visited a church with astrological reliefs in Vézelay, France, which piqued her interest in ancient astrology and the Ptolemaic hypothesis — the second-century astronomer Ptolemy's his belief that the Earth was at the center of the universe. Now the designer is launching a collection inspired by the topic.
The Celestial Collection, being launched for fall, incorporates multicolored sapphires, diamonds and rare gemstones such as green apple jade and Australian black opals from Lightning Ridge into pendants, earrings and cocktail rings. The pièce de résistance is the Tolomeo Pendant, a circular pendant of multicolored sapphires resembling the geocentric model of the universe and movable orbs with Earth at the center. Other notable styles are 18-karat gold concave pendants done in the same style as the reliefs in Vézelay, with St. Clair's signature on the back in diamonds.
The collection starts at $950 at retail and climbs higher for some rings with rarer stones. The collection will bow at the Couture jewelry trade show in Las Vegas next month. Saks Fifth Avenue has an exclusive on five of the opal rings.
SPEED RACER: Evan Yurman, who heads the men's jewelry division at David Yurman, is showing off his two favorite things at a David Yurman event on May 1: men's jewelry and classic cars. Yurman will celebrate the firm's new men's jewelry and watch collection at Classic Car Club Manhattan, where guests will be invited to give input into the first David Yurman race car, a 2007 Porsche GT3.
RODIN ROADIE: As a huge fan of Auguste Rodin, sculptor David Grieco has created bronze sculptures more than 10 feet high, but now he's focused on something a bit smaller — handbags.
For fall, the New York native, who now lives in Los Angeles, has added bags to the repertoire at his accessories firm, Justice Bodan. The brand, which has jewelry and belts, is based on a fictional character that travels the world searching for nothing in particular. Grieco hand-sculpted honeycomb-inspired brass fixtures that are placed on supple leather on three bag silhouettes: a satchel, a clutch and a hobo. The bags wholesale from $225 to $485.
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