After years working as a jewelry director for Kara Ross, Brent Neale Winston is breaking out on her own with a line of fine, nature-inspired jewelry.
The line, branded under the name Brent Neale, is made from 18-karat yellow gold and a range of colorful precious stones and will be sold exclusively through Moda Operandi starting this week.
A spokesman for Winston said there are no “immediate” plans for stand-alone retail stores. The collection ranges in price from $900 to $14,500.
The first Brent Neale collection, titled After the Rain, consists of 25 styles of rings and mix-and-match stud earrings adorned with diamonds, emeralds, rubies, opals and other gems and all handmade in New York.
Prior to launching her own line, Winston worked eight years for Kara Ross, a New York jewelry designer and philanthropist who’s married to billionaire real estate developer Stephen Ross.
Winston left Kara Ross in 2015 after being put on extended bed rest for a pregnancy with twins, and cited her children and their “imaginative world” as inspiration for her jewelry line.
Other inspirations include the “stirring, color-forward” work of painters Hieronymus Bosch, Ellsworth Kelly and David Hockney, as well as the “buoyant vibes” of late Sixties and early Seventies culture.
An element of nostalgia is clear in some of the pieces — open-face rings take the shape of unicorns and rainbows and flowers — but a louche glamour comes through with gold fringe earrings topped with a ruby, citrine and blue topaz rainbow.
Color is a mainstay of the collection, setting it apart from some current trends in fine jewelry, namely minimal and delicate earrings, necklaces and rings with fewer stones that may be more practical, but less eye-catching and fun.
Winston said her collection is “rooted in the belief that true luxury is unique, surprising and fun.”
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