Fine Jewellery: The LA Setters
With the holiday season fast approaching it seems only fitting to introduce you (and your significant other…wink wink) to five of our hottest fine jewellery brands.
With diamonds aplenty, these Californian jewellers provide enough investment pieces to put Liz Taylor’s collection to shame. From the ethereal beauty of Jacquie Aiche to the hedonistic Shay, these precious pieces will easily find their way to the top of your wishlist.
Bohemian beauty through ancient symbols
With a mixed heritage of Egyptian/Native American, Jacquie Aiche draws her inspiration from these rich dynasties when creating her opulent pieces. Mixing American fossils, turquoise and abalone with Middle Eastern hammered gold and amulets, her fine jewellery represents a unique fusion of culture. Her foray into jewellery began with her selling simple pieces at the store where she worked on Sunset Plaza, eventually leading to her launching her Beverly Hills based brand in 2008, gaining a long list of celebrity clientele. Alongside her opal, diamond and labradorite jewellery comes an exclusive collection of custom Rolex watches from her “Sweet Leaf” range. Using vintage timepieces, Jacquie has added her own creative techniques, placing diamonds and a cheeky leaf motif that some may be familiar with. Become part of the #JATribe, layer up the necklaces, stack the bracelets and add a Rolex for good measure.
A constellation of celestial elements
A quick glance at Andrea Forhman’s pieces and you are immediately transported to a galaxy full of stars, moons and zodiac signs. Andrea’s celestial inspired pieces began with an exploration of her grandmother’s jewellery box alongside an interest in astrological symbolism. Using 18kt gold, recycled metals and handpicked precious stones, Andrea Fohrman’s fine jewellery is as bold as it is delicate. The night’s sky isn’t Andrea’s only source of inspiration, often using the landscape of her native LA to influence her designs. From the redwood forests to the shores of the Pacific Ocean, her colour palettes utilise the earth’s elements, mixing deep blues and turquoises with rich mauves and garnet. Her pieces allow you to carry a little slice of the moon around your neck, giving you universal energy throughout your day.
More is most definitely more
Whether you are attending an elite soiree or fulfilling your dream of being an international rap sensation (watch out Kanye), Shay fine jewellery has a piece to keep up with your excessive lifestyle. Created by mother/daughter duo, Ladan and Tania Shayan, Shay’s collections take elements from both generations to create pieces that are wearable and investment worthy for women of all ages. Designed to mix and match and stack together, Shay’s jewellery plays with geometric shapes, Art Deco inspiration and contemporary styling to produce an unmistakable aesthetic. Like many of our favourite fine jewellers, Shay’s jewellery is handmade in LA and uses endless diamonds and precious stones set in 18kt gold and platinum.
Marilyn got it right when it comes to diamonds
It is hard to describe Suzanne Kalan fine jewellery without using the adjectives, sparkling, glistening and unmistakably dazzling. With over 28 years’ experience in luxury jewellery, Suzanne’s pieces are not designed for the shy wallflower types, they are meant to be seen. Designed and made in California, Suzanne uses a variety of baguette cut diamond that she sets in her own unique asymmetric and symmetric way. Suzanne was also the mastermind behind the ‘Vitrine’ concept which has become her design signature. A method of cutting the precious stones flat on the top and bottom and then layering them to reveal a diamond panel underneath. Born Suzanne Kalandijan in Lebanon, jewellery making was in her blood, growing up in her father’s jewellery store where she learnt the skills that would lead her to create these spectacular display of expertly set jewels. These diamonds truly are forever…
A minimalist dash of radiance
Understated and beautifully elegant, Lizzie Mandler Fine Jewellery uses contemporary, geometric shapes to house a variety of expertly cut diamonds and precious stones. Designed to be timeless, each piece is handcrafted in (you guessed it) Los Angeles where she draws attention to the craftsmanship and fine materials alongside the linear metal work. Described on Lizzie’s Instagram page as “irreverently modern, covered in diamonds”, her pieces rework the simple chain link necklace, cuff bracelet and gold band. She transforms these minimalistic jewellery items into delicate symbols of affluence that are easy to wear and will be a forever staple in your jewellery box.
Date: 19th November 2018