Finn designer Candice Pool was getting bored with “the small, dainty, personal jewelry” for which her brand was known. So she started thinking bigger by revisiting jewelry classics such as Van Cleef’s Alhambra collection and Cartier’s Trinity rings. One day, she was scouting stones with her gem dealer — who presented her with a box that, according the Pool, “looked like it [had been] there since the Seventies.” It turned out to be filled with mismatched gems, mainly from engagement ring side stones returned from clients over the years. Pool laid the gems out and in a few days developed her “Eye of Providence” collection of one-of-a-kind rings and necklaces created from the mix-matched rocks — pieces bolder and larger than typical Finn designs. Sometimes, bigger is better.

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