In the two years leading up to the launch of Jewelista.com,
our team of merchants literally criss-crossed the globe,
racking up some 100,000 air miles, wearing out several pieces of
luggage and a few soles.
But our team says it was worth it. Along the way, their travels
took them to major trade shows in Las Vegas, Italy, Switzerland,
Ireland, Hong Kong and Brazil among others, and some locations that
were off the beaten path.
Their goal: to find jewelry talents who are rarely-if ever-found
in the U.S. market.
As you click through the pages of Jewelista's Designer's Studio,
you'll discover the treasure trove of talent they found.
While on their hunt for the latest and most innovative
designers, our merchants came across some undiscovered, emerging
design talent that they just couldn't pass up. Some had just begun
their businesses; others were flourishing in a distant land yet
were still too small to expand internationally.
So our merchants decided to bring in these limited, special
collections from these designers as part of our From Our Travels
Of course, traipsing around the world looking for amazing
jewelry may sound to many like a dream job come true, but it still
involves a lot of hard work, long hours, and jet lag that seems to
linger for weeks.
But Jewelista's intrepid merchants march on: they're already
working on their next stops around the globe where they have heard
tales about budding, yet undiscovered talent.
It's that quest of discovery that keeps them invigorated. "Sure,
the traveling is tough sometimes, but when we happen upon something
original or extraordinary, those discoveries make it all
worthwhile," one of our buyers says.
For our From Our Travels collection, our merchants had a little
more leeway in what they could include.
"We seek designers with strong personal concepts
expressed in distinctive, easily wearable, and affordable jewelry,"
our buyer says. "We're on the lookout for ideas that
stand out as new directions for jewelry or for designers freely
using materials in unexpected ways."
Their often incredible finds can be found here at Jewelista.
Whether it's an intricately carved piece of fossilized wood -- a
material highly prized since Roman times -- to sleek, futuristic
designs created in contemporary metals such as stainless steel or
aluminum, there's something among the From our Travels discoveries
that can appeal to anyone on any budget.
In the U.K., women are over the moon about London-based jewelry
design company The Branch, founded by Wendy Pickard. The brand
offers jewelry crafted from rosewood that is brought into the luxe
realm with the addition of precious metal accents and gemstones.
Hand-made in Indonesia by local craftsmen who are adept at playing
up the natural wood grain to great effect, nothing is added to this
wood jewelry except beeswax for conditioning.
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Steel is synonymous with skyscrapers, not jewelry, but Swiss
jewelry design company Veto challenges that premise with its sleek
yet feminine designs that transform stainless steel into fine art,
ranging from an intricately woven chain necklace to a pair of pearl
drop earrings reminiscent of a sculpture. Many of the pieces are
interchangeable, meaning that with a little imagination, the wearer
can make pieces that they can uniquely call their own.
You can tell from the sleek and simple
geometric shapes of his jewelry that architecture has something to
do with Filip Vanas' background. Indeed the minimalist designer,
who is from the Czech Republic, but now lives in Ireland,
originally studied architecture before making his transition into
jewelry. This influence has lead him to incorporate industrial
materials into his designs which include anodized aluminum, wire
and resin, while also using precious metals, such as silver.
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Practically halfway across the world when Art Deco began, Yuwa
wasn't even conceived. Yet the Chinese supplier of semi-precious
stones has mastered the art movement's aesthetic full well in their
contemporary collection of bangles. You can see Yuwa's passion for
creativity and refinement embedded within each jewelry piece as
every stone is intricately placed next to the other. And the stones
themselves are superb; ranging from traditional Chinese tiger eye
to brilliant pearl derived from black lip oysters. The bold bangles
feel sleek to the touch and add the right amount of drama to any
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Since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, German
designer Pura Ferreiro recreates nature's delightful forms in a
most modern way. She molds exotic fruits, flowers and plants from
hollow silver and 24-karat gold plated silver. The result is
lightweight jewelry that carries a playful element to it as the
adorable shapes dangle from drop earrings or are strung along
cords. These playful pieces add a dose of whimsy that every woman
can appreciate, no matter what their style.
The excitement of owning a one-of-a-kind piece can rarely be
matched, especially when the exquisite design uses a stunning
combination of exotic semi-precious gemstones in dazzling colors.
With 40 years of gemology experience, French and Thai designer
Francis Barthe streamlines the jewelry-making process to be able to
create a series of rare jewelry that will give women that same
thrill, only at guilt-free prices. These unarguable outfit-makers
are naturally glamorous and ready to make an impact on your next
Influenced by the artistry and culture of Korea that values the
vibrant elements found in nature, this collection enchants the eyes
with incredible pieces that are sculpted down to the finest detail.
Although each piece is hand made of precious metal (sterling
silver), designer Jinyong captures the grace of nature with
striking ombré effects that are achieved using patented rhodium
plating techniques. Each piece shows off a whimsical look that's
sure to stun.
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