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Jeweler Vram Minassian has been “on the bench” for 30 years. No, he isn’t a judge — but rather, a trained goldsmith. Until recently, the third-generation craftsman spent his days creating pieces for jewelry houses and making custom bridal rings. All that changed when he got married, and then had a child 17 months ago. This new life inspired the Beirut-born designer, who now lives in L.A., to create his own collection.

Simply called Vram, the line — which specializes in rings — draws heavily from modernist sculptors, particularly Brancusi, whose “Bird in Space” inspired many pieces (he was aiming to make them “sculptures in and of themselves,” the designer says). Several are reminiscent of brass musical instruments: One especially evocative design features an open disc with a pavé-diamond rim that narrows into the band of the ring, then forms a point that flows back inside the open “horn.” Some of the designs also have a kinetic quality, giving them tactile appeal as well.

The 18-karat-gold collection is available exclusively at Barneys New York. Prices range from $6,000 to $18,250 — the latter for the Tau ring, which contains 18-karat gold, silver and more than five carats of pavéed brown diamonds.