Bicoastal jeweler Kimberly McDonald first knew her designs were resonating with men when male customers would go into Bergdorf Goodman or Saks Fifth Avenue, buy her geode stud earrings and have them converted into cuff links.
This summer, McDonald will launch her men’s collection in Bergdorf, Saks, Wilkes Bashford in San Francisco, Mitchells in Westport, Conn., Richards in Greenwich, Conn., and 4510 in Dallas, among others.
In addition to cuff links, the collection will include tuxedo studs, tie pins, pendant necklaces and macramé bracelets retailing from $2,500 to $25,000.
“The stones I use have a natural, earthy, masculine feel that lends itself to men’s pieces,” said McDonald of the geodes, agate and diamond and sapphire slices she uses.
For the macramé bracelets, which come in silk and hemp, McDonald used slightly longer, larger geodes than in her women’s collection, accented with small and medium-sized diamonds. The tones of the minerals range from black and gray to blue and red. She also uses gray and black diamond slices that have a skull shape and adds cross bones to the design.
McDonald’s pieces, produced in the U.S., are made from untreated gemstones, conflict-free diamonds and recycled gold. Her women’s collection, launched in 2007, has garnered fans including First Lady Michelle Obama, Blake Lively and Julia Roberts.