The delicate and fleeting beauty of nature has been preserved in Earth’s hardest natural substance resulting in the perfect combination of jewelry and flowers.
Jewelry inspired by flowers is not a new idea, but an enduring concept. When a stunning color or intricate design appears naturally that delicacy is what makes it memorable. Solidifying these two elements creates a unique union of fragility and strength that can last throughout the years. Diamonds, the hardest natural substance, exist far beneath the Earth’s surface for millions of years and the fragile life of a flower only blooms for a short time before it is gone. The perfect balance has been achieved in these pieces.
There’s no longer a need to choose between flowers and diamonds when selecting the perfect gift or adding to a collection. Whether it’s a ring, necklace or brooch these examples are the best of both worlds.
Alex Soldier’s Cornoair Brooch
Alex Soldier offers a multifunctional piece that is an unforgettable representation of nature. “Flower motifs celebrate life in its many beautiful manifestations,” says Alex Soldier, the president of the self-titled company. With the same intricacy found in a flower, the Cornoair Brooch with Mandarin garnet and colored diamonds appears as a work of art that can be cherished throughout the years.
Handmade in New York City, the piece is adaptable and can be worn as a brooch, ring, necklace, or a cuff. Soldier explains that in jewelry design there is “passion in detail.” The brooch is made of 18 karat rose gold and over 800 stones, including light and dark champagne diamonds, chocolate and black bead diamonds, rubies and more.
Photo courtesy of Alex Soldier
The Flower Diamond
The Flower Diamond stands out among other gems because of the flower-shaped inclusion that appears as if it has bloomed in the center of the stone. The pear-shaped, modified brilliant-cut diamond encases a perfectly symmetrical, six-petal flower, making it a natural marvel. Similar to a snowflake, the pattern that appears in the heart of the 3.02 carat diamond is one-of-a-kind.
Originally discovered in the jungles of Minas Gerais, Brazil and recut to showcase the flower shape, the main stone was mounted in a gorgeous, platinum necklace with a total of 32 carats of diamonds. John Humbert, the owner of Sterling Promise Inc. says, “You need to see it with your own eyes to understand how incredible it is. It’s hard to believe it occurred naturally.”
Photo courtesy of Sterling Promise Inc.
The White Gold Flower Ring
“There is something very romantic and beautiful about the simplicity of a flower,” according to Lauren Wolf, the owner/president of Lauren Wolf Jewelry. The White Gold Flower Ring has a 3.18 carat cognac diamond that is speckled with intricate inclusions that adds to the organic quality of the ring. Serving as the petals, are champagne marquis diamonds that are shockingly clear, according to Wolf.
“I’m attracted to the floral motifs from the late Victorian period and the early 20th century,” she says. “The idea that this symbol can carry such a special meaning throughout time is powerful.” The ring generates a sense of imperfect natural beauty that is typical in flowers.
Photo courtesy of Lauren Wolf Jewelry
Gold Astra Brooch With White And Black Diamonds
With the true detail found in a flower and the power of a stunning diamond, the Gold Astra Brooch is an unforgettable union of two iconic symbols. “Aster flowers have long been symbols of enchantment and mysterious allure,” according to Soldier. The 127 stones that make up the piece contribute to the authentic feel and overall romantic allure that Alex Soldier manages to capture.
Photo courtesy of Alex Soldier
The following article originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of ERA Real Estate Distinctive Properties Magazine.
Earrings are the essential final touch to an ensemble.
By Kelly Potts
A high-end pair of earrings can be an instant enhancement to a look, whether it’s a set of dainty, yet charming, studs or a pair of eccentric, trendy drop earrings.
Pamela Huizenga, a fine jewelry designer who began studying the art of stone cutting at the age of 16, refers to
earrings as ‘little bits of artwork that dangle from your ears.’ She notes that luxury earrings feature sophisticated craftsmanship and high-quality materials. “My pieces are one of a kind,” she says, “Every stone is handpicked, every piece created as a wearable piece of art.”
Wearing a piece of art on your ears, however, doesn’t necessarily indicate a lack of comfort. Huizenga views earrings as
little chandeliers, but adds that they need to be comfortable. “I use extra large ear nuts and always focus on comfort and the way the earring sits on the ear,” she says.
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