The three-month-old The Fine Jewellery & Watch Suite on Net-A-Porter (NAP) may have changed the way we shop for precious baubles and gems and extremely rare high jewellery pieces online, making shopping for pieces from storied jewellers like Piaget, Chopard and Buccellati a breeze. But the e-commerce site is also a hotbed for the buzziest names in fine jewellery, judging from its curation of exciting independent designers. Here, we zoom in on four that just joined this roster.
Valerie Messika, the scion of a French diamond dealer and manufacturer, started her fine jewellery label in 2005. It soon became a cult favourite among jewellery fiends who seek it for its unfussy contemporary and rock-and-roll take on the diamonds. Its popular Move collection (inspired by her childhood memories of seeing her dad letting diamond slide between his fingers) was launched in 2007 and remains a hit for its playful moving diamonds.
For her current collection, selling at NAP, Messika gets her inspiration from an Alexander Calder sculpture in her father’s office and the street style. The result is a collection of graphic white diamond pieces that include trendy mismatch earrings and layered necklaces.
If talisman jewellery is your cup of tea, then have Los Angeleno Jacquie Aiche in your directory of must-know labels. Her 10-year-old label has been worn by A-listers like Alessandra Ambrosio, Emily Ratajkowski, Gigi Hadid – a long way for someone who, as a child would paint rocks and sell them to her celebrity neighbours living in the Hollywood Hills.
Her aesthetic is a colourful blend of mystical Native American turquoise relics, fossils and precious gemstones with tribal Middle Eastern influences like hammered gold and amulets. All these influences manifest in SoCal chic styles like body chains and finger bracelets.
Jamaica-born New York-based designer Matthew Harris is a self-taught jewellery maker who was also a finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund last year, and has courted fans like Rihanna. In fact, the pop star was instrumental in making him switch from being a men’s jewellery designer to catering to female customers too.
In 2009, Riri donned a zipper necklace design of his which sparked his inspiration to launch a women’s line too five years later. Flash forward to today, and Harris has become a go-to name for women who want an experimental and youthful take on minimalist pearl jewellery.
This four-year-old label is the brainchild of Jesse Marlo Lazowski who channels her modern retro aesthetic through striking Matahari-inflected pieces like her Eyecon jewellery. The designer exotic influences are shaped by her childhood and family (her aunt was an antique jewellery dealer) and also her trip to the artisanal workshops in Jaipur, India.
As a 13-year-old, she was gifted a pink ruby and diamond bow brooch that had belonged to her grandmother, Miriam. She co-opted that heirloom piece and converted it into a modern necklace. That eclectic spirit lives on today in her vibrant designs which use gems like tanzanite, sapphires, and malachite.
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