Fashion & Accessories

By Alexandra Taylor

While diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, let’s not easily dismiss the other gems and semi precious stones making waves season after season. The jewelry market is booming with a surge of creative designers coming to the fore. With the expressive use of stones with innovative and intricate metal work, today’s pieces are displays of true craftsmanship.

Jewelry designers have amped up the quality, intricacy, and innovation of their pieces, giving customers an array of choices. From the reasonably priced to the wallet denting, finding the right piece and most optimum for your budget is no longer a problem.

Stephen Estelle Jewelry is vibrant and fresh and draws inspiration from the goldsmiths of Nepal. His pieces are hand made from start to finish. The Waimea Smokey Quartez Ring in 22k vermeil is the perfect accent cocktail ring to jazz up any outfit. This can be paired with the Smokey Quartez three stone drop earrings, which are subtle yet leave a bold statement. The current Livia Line, inspired by the famous Roman Empress, offers a variety of necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings in gold and sterling silver. The layering chains, bangles, and dangling necklaces and bracelets offer the ability to mix and match and truly emphasize the look of a Roman empress.


Reinerland founded by Design team Cristina Taranu and Reiner Mengesdorf in 2006 offers intricate detailing on unique shaped rings, earrings, and pendant necklaces. The sculptural pieces are very organic and unique in every detail from the use of cognac diamonds, tourmaline, and other precious stones, to the one of a kind shape. The Rose Ring with argyle and cognac diamonds set in 18k gold is uniquely beautiful. Inspired by the Byzantine influences the pieces have a strong presence. Another stunning piece is the Oval Dot Earrings with blue topaz stones set in an antique looking 14k rose gold. Also check out the engagement rings that can be custom made.

Available: or at the Reinerland
 store: 90 Stanton Street, 
New York, NY 10002

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Originally published July 2010
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